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: CPS Reopens Schools To Kindergarten Through 5th Graders, But Situation Is Far From Normal
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: 'I’m Pretty Appalled By It': Franklin Park Party Shows Attendees Without Masks And No Social Distancing
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: Housewares, Restaurant Association Shows Cancel Chicago Conventions Because Of COVID
Around 30 million Americans collect the enhanced jobless benefits.