Key Jobless Benefit On Hold As US Congressional Republicans and Democrats, struggling to reach a deal for
new economic aid to those hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic,
were sliding towards letting a $600-per-week unemployment benefits lapse, at least temporarily, when it expires.
High-ranking Trump administration officials were meeting privately with Democrats on Wednesday to see
whether they can bridge vast differences over the enhanced jobless benefit that began in late March.
Many other issues remained, including what to do about a moratorium on housing evictions that expired last Friday.
Senator John Thune, the No 2 Senate Republican,
said lawmakers might have a better idea by the end of this week on whether there is even a chance for a deal so
“that we could get to a package by the end of next week”.