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Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

Donald Trump
Posted at 10:07 AM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 14:24:08-04

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers participating in rare weekend talks on a huge coronavirus relief measure have reported progress.

Political pressure is mounting to restore a newly expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and send funding to help schools reopen.

President Donald Trump is eager for an agreement and is willing to extend the $600 benefit, at least in the short term, but is balking at other demands of Democratic negotiators like aid the state and local governments, food stamp increases, and assistance to renters and homeowners.