McConnell Laughs When Asked If COVID Bill Will Pass By End Of Next Week

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Artivia Tahir

At the end of next week, unemployment benefits will expire for some 30 million Americans.

When asked if he expects Congress to pass coronavirus relief legislation by the end of next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reportedly let out a “big laugh” before responding “no,” according to Common Dreams.

  • Enhanced unemployment benefits are set to expire next week for 30 million Americans who became unemployed because of the pandemic. The enhanced benefits include a $600-per-week increase in unemployment benefits, which have been instrumental in supporting millions of laid off Americans and cushioning the effect of the pandemic on the economy.
  • Economists warn that allowing a lapse in benefits could have a devastating impact on those facing financial hardship, which comes as the Census Bureau reports that 13 million Americans living in rental housing were behind on payments as of July 7.
  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) tweeted Tuesday:

"I have a bill to renew supercharged unemployment benefits until this crisis is over so families can continue to pay rent and buy groceries. Senate Republicans have had every opportunity to pass it and have refused to do so."

  • In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Republicans "have had plenty of time to be thinking about this and this delay is unnecessary because, by the end of July, unemployment benefits will expire... a moratorium on evictions will expire—many things will expire that are addressed in our legislation."

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