There is no agreement over the $ 600 unemployment benefit: what now?

When the enhanced unemployment benefit of $600 a week payment has already expired, and the US economy has had its worst GDP report ever, the Senate has adjourned for the week leaving millions of Americans wondering what's next. 

In negotiations with Democrats in Congress,  White House officials offered to extend for one week the unemployment benefit that gave citizens an extra $ 600 a week, that expired July 31st.

However, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rejected the proposal, arguing that Republicans do not understand that the crisis requires a more far-reaching solution, as reported on CBS.

Pelosi said that extending the benefit of the extra $ 600 a week would be useless since many people in various states have stopped receiving this money.

This is because, although the benefit officially ended on July 31, there are states that deliver unemployment benefits on Saturdays or Sundays.

A source told CBS that, aside from the extra $ 600, Republicans also suggested giving an extra $ 400 of unemployment benefit for 4 months, but Democrats also rejected this proposal.

It should be noted that, even if Congress, at this point, had approved extending the delivery of this extra money to the unemployed, it would probably be a few weeks before people receive this money since the states would need to reprogram their computers to enter new dates for the additional payment.
 

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