August 4, 2020 at 11:49 PM EDT
White House, Democrats agree to try and reach deal on aid by end of this week
By Seung Min Kim, Erica Werner, Carol D. Leonnig and Jeff Stein
The White House and Democratic leaders agreed to try and finalize a deal to address lapsed unemployment benefits and eviction restrictions by the end of this week and hold a vote in Congress next week, suddenly trying to rush stalled talks in the face of growing public and political unrest.
Senior White House officials said on Tuesday they made “very concrete offers” to Democrats related to unemployment benefits and eviction protections, and after days of bickering both sides now appear to be trying to move closer to a compromise.
The agreement on a timeline came in a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.