July 28, 2020 at 12:19 AM EDT
Economic relief talks ramp up as GOP releases bill; Democrats, White House officials meet
A fraught showdown over the next coronavirus relief bill got underway Monday as Senate Republicans unveiled a $1 trillion package and congressional Democratic leaders met with top White House officials.
All parties faced a tight deadline for a breakthrough as expanded jobless aid benefits are set to expire later this week.
The prospects for a bipartisan deal remained far from certain as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) met late Monday with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to begin formal negotiations.
The White House officials described the talks as productive and said they would resume on Tuesday, but Democrats left the nearly two-hour meeting describing the initial GOP offer as inadequate.
By Erica Werner, Jeff Stein and Seung Min Kim