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McConnell Moves to Force Debate on Jobless Benefits Stopgap

  • Democrats and Republicans accuse each other of obstruction
  • Extra unemployment benefits expire amid virus relief stalemate
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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Senate Republicans moved forward with a plan to set up votes on extending lapsed supplemental unemployment insurance with President Donald Trump’s endorsement, as talks on a broader pandemic relief package made little progress.

The GOP gambit is almost certain to fail in the face of opposition from Democrats in the Senate and House, who say the jobless measure must be part of comprehensive stimulus legislation. But it will give Senate Republicans a chance to go on the record as saying they tried to act as supplemental jobless aid for millions of Americans expired.