Senate cuts deal with Democratic centrists on COVID spending package

Senate Democrats reached a deal with key centrists, including Joe Manchin, on a $1.9 trillion spending package to extend enhanced federal unemployment benefits until Sept. 6 but lower them from $400 to $300 per week while making the first $10,600 nontaxable.

The deal will help Democrats pass the spending package without the help of GOP senators, who are expected to oppose it.

Manchin had been holding out, hoping to reduce a proposed $400-per-week enhanced federal jobless payment to $300. He succeeded, in part by agreeing to an extension of the unemployment pay from late August to Sept. 6. Manchin also
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