WASHINGTON – Bitter negotiations for a new coronavirus stimulus deal dissolved into an ugly blame game by the time lawmakers left Washington late last week with no deal, no progress to report and no plans to return until September.
By the end, the two sides refused to even meet.
The disaster of those failed discussions hangs over both parties as they shift their attention to two weeks of national political conventions, which likely push a deal until sometime well after Labor Day.
That means that, while political leaders party, unemployed Americans will have to do without the bolstered benefits that have allowed them to make ends meet; cash-strapped state and local governments will be left in the lurch; and uncertainty will continue to linger over a series of executive orders made by President Donald Trump that aimed to offer some relief.
The optics are a big concern for endangered lawmakers