But some Republicans immediately resisted the idea, leading to no apparent progress after a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
“There’s no consensus on anything,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said after the meeting. “Just a lot of expression on views.” Cornyn was one of several GOP senators who said they were opposed to a short-term extension.
Another was Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., a Trump ally who faces a competitive re-election race. “I do not” support a short-term jobless insurance extension, Perdue said. “I’d rather find other ways to incentivize through a tax credit or whatever incentive to get people back to work … What we’ve done is we’ve given people an incentive not to come back to work and I think that’s wrong.”
A federal moratorium on evictions lapsed Friday. An unemployment bonus of $600 per week expires July 31. As of midweek, the prospects of a deal in Congress by that deadline were close to nonexistent.