CHICAGO (CBS)– Congress has taken off for the weekend without extending the weekly $600 jobless benefits that would help millions of workers who are struggling during the pandemic.
Republicans want to extend benefits, but reduce them to $200 a week. That’s not sitting well with democrats, including Illinois’ senior U.S. senator Dick Durbin.READ MORE: As Jury Deliberates In R. Kelly Sex Trafficking Case, What Impact Will Verdict Have On His Future Trials In Chicago?
They proposed a plan to extend the benefits through the year.
Just within the hour, Durbin spoke at a union training facility in Bridgeport. He says republicans are just plain wrong when they say the $600 will keep people from looking for work.READ MORE: Cook County Circuit Court Website Back Online, After Weeks-Long Outage Caused By Breach
Before leaving for the weekend, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell made a procedural move that could bring a compromise next week.
Even if a deal is reached, it’s unlikely benefits would return immediately.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Cold Front Passes Soon
Around 30 million Americans collect the enhanced jobless benefits.