Mandel Ngan / AFP via Getty ImagesHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on July 31, 2020. (Mandel Ngan / AFP via Getty Images)
The White House appears keen to endorse a temporary extension of a $600 per week supplemental unemployment benefit as it is about to expire.
The idea is a prominent feature of top-level Washington talks on a major coronavirus relief measure.
After late-night talks failed to produce a breakthrough, the two sides took their case to the media on Friday morning, with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appearing before reporters as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke at her weekly news conference.
Meadows accused Democrats of refusing to negotiate, saying President Donald Trump has instructed him to be “aggressive and forward leaning” in trying to extend the supplemental jobless benefit.
“Democrats have made zero offers over the last three days,” according to Meadows.