Millions left in limbo as Congress lets $600 unemployment benefit lapse By Tami Luhby, CNN Updated 1:39 PM ET, Sat July 25, 2020

Millions left in limbo as Congress lets $600 unemployment benefit lapse

By Tami Luhby, CNN

Updated 1:39 PM ET, Sat July 25, 2020

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(CNN)Millions of jobless Americans are anxiously waiting for Congress to decide whether to extend the $600 weekly boost to unemployment benefits that’s been a key economic lifeline through the pandemic shutdowns.This was the last week for which unemployed workers will receive the enhanced payment, even though the coronavirus relief program technically doesn’t expire until July 31. That’s because payments are only provided for weeks ending on either Saturday or Sunday.Senate Republicans remain divided over how much help to provide, delaying the release of their next economic relief proposal — though Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said this past week that the pressure of missing a deadline on the expiration of benefits may force a deal.READ MORE ON CONGRESS’ RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC FALLOUT

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