Biden ready to consider Republican proposals for COVID-19 relief package
President Joe Biden meets with Republicans to discuss stimulus relief bill
However, if necessary, the Democrats will advance their plan, said a White House economic adviser.
US President Joe Biden is willing, within certain limits, to consider changes to his $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan so that the money goes to those Americans who need it the most. This was announced on Sunday by a leading economic adviser to the president..
Earlier, a group of ten moderate Republican senators called on Democratic President Biden to reconsider his proposed $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, saying they want to meet to discuss a compromise they say will get a bipartisan support.
Brian Dees, director of the National Economic Council under Biden, told CNN that the president’s plan is “tailored to the economic crisis the country is facing,” but the president will consider Senators’ proposal for a more limited deal..
Biden is “uncompromising” in the speed at which the US must respond to the crisis, including a volatile economy, sluggish rates of coronavirus vaccinations across the country, and an ever-increasing death toll from COVID-19, which has surpassed 440 thousand.
Biden said he was open to compromise with Republicans, but also said Democrats would push for their version of the aid package if needed, rather than engage in protracted negotiations..
Amid the debate on Sunday morning, Biden tweeted: “Millions of Americans have, through no fault of their own, lost the dignity and respect that comes with jobs and paychecks. My Salvation Plan for America will extend unemployment insurance to ensure people can rely on checks to keep coming in the midst of this crisis. “.
Biden wants to increase the federal government’s unemployment assistance from $ 300 to $ 400 a week in addition to less generous state payouts and extend the payout period from March to September. Republican plan to keep payments at $ 300 for an unspecified period.
In a letter to Biden, Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney and others said they would present their coronavirus crisis bill on Monday..
The adoption of Biden’s package to support individuals and businesses will be one of the first indicators of the new president’s ability to deliver on his promise to work to bridge the political divide..
Senator Mitt Romney (archived photo)
Some Republicans questioned the bill’s acceptability, while others called for more targeted action..
“Our proposal reflects many of your stated priorities, and we believe that with your support, this plan can be quickly backed by Congress with bipartisan support,” reads the letter, also signed by Bill Cassidy, Shelley Moore Capito, Tod Young, Jerry Moran and Michael Rounds.
The letter was also signed by Senator Rob Portman, announcing that he will not seek re-election in 2022. According to him, the authors of the letter want to “work in good faith” with the new administration..
Without getting into specifics, they said their plan echoes Biden’s call for increased funding to expand the vaccination campaign and testing, and also includes support for schools and child care centers. At the same time, they noted that their plan provides for more targeted assistance to families in need and additional funding for small businesses..
Senator Cassidy told Fox News on Sunday that the Republican plan will cost about $ 600 billion, substantially less than the amount Biden is asking Congress for..
Deese declined to say how much Biden is willing to accept.
At the same time, he said that the president is ready to make payments more targeted so that money does not go to people with high incomes..
“We need to put money in the pockets of the people who need it the most,” Deese said..
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