Stimulus Talks Focus on Cash Payments, Unemployment Insurance

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Disagreements emerged among senators over how to help individual Americans during the coronavirus pandemic as lawmakers raced to meet a midnight deadline Friday to reach agreements on a wide-ranging stimulus package.

Lawmakers debated whether to give cash payments directly to Americans, expand unemployment insurance or some combination of the two. A Senate Republican opening offer and the Trump administration called for direct payments to workers, while Democrats have pushed for dramatically increasing unemployment benefits.

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