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White House, Senate GOP Weigh Interim Unemployment Aid Extension

  • Unemployment insurance expires at the end of next week
  • Broader stimulus talks poised to continue into August
Mitch McConnell speaks at the U.S. Capitol.
Mitch McConnell speaks at the U.S. Capitol.Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg
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Trump administration officials and Senate Republicans are discussing a short-term extension of unemployment insurance as lawmakers and the White House appear unlikely to reach a broader stimulus deal before the benefits lapse.

The possible side deal would extend supplemental federal payments that were provided to millions of Americans in the last coronavirus rescue package, according to people familiar with the matter. The scope of any extension is unclear.