WASHINGTON D.C. - On Thursday, the U.S. Senate fell short of the votes needed to pass an extension of coronavirus employment benefits a day before funds are set to expire.
According to CNBC, Democrats blocked a last-ditch GOP effort that would have cut back the $600 per week benefit to $200.
Democrats attempted to pass a $3 trillion stimulus bill approved by the House in May which included an extension of the $600 benefit through January.
The Cox Media Group reports that effort has failed too.
Republicans argue that extending the $600 benefit deters people from seeking employment and returning to work; Democrats dismiss that argument.