Senate Democrats reach deal on extending unemployment insurance

Senate Democrats struck a deal Friday evening to extend unemployment insurance in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package after deliberating for most of the day, per a Senate aide.

Why it matters: The Senate can now resume voting on other changes to the broader bill.

  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) backed his party’s proposal, after reluctance to support an earlier version.

The big picture: Democrats will now offer an amendment extending the enhanced unemployment insurance of $300 per week through Sept. 6. The bill passed by the House pushed the program through Aug. 29.

  • The deal also provides tax relief to those who receive unemployment insurance from the program by making the first $10,200 received non-taxable for households with incomes under $150,000.

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