GOP senators meet with Biden on economic stimulus; no agreement made

Pablo Tucker
February 2, 2021

The $1,000 payments would be less than the $1,400 originally proposed, and go only to individuals making $40,000 or less, or married couples filing jointly making $80,000 or less.

Administration officials said Sunday that the $1.9 trillion Biden proposed was the amount needed to address the economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

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On Sunday, a group of 10 Republicans sent the president a letter asking to meet and discuss their own framework, which they said would have backing from both Democrats and Republicans.

Democratic leaders in the House and Senate said Monday they have filed a joint budget resolution, the first step in passing a budget blueprint. The gathering at the White House ended up stretching a little over two hours with Vice President Kamala Harris also in attendance. Biden has called for expanding the eligibility so that households with college-aged dependents and disabled seniors claimed as dependents can qualify for additional stimulus checks.

The White House also released a letter Monday in which more than 400 mayors urged congressional leaders to approve Biden's aid package.

Republicans have cautioned against aggressive spending so soon after the most recent bill, totaling $900 billion, passed in late December. The working group - led by Sen. At $618 billion, the plan is significantly smaller than Mr. Biden's and does not include money for state and local governments, which has been a sticking point in past negotiations on relief measures.

Their proposal would remove the federal $15 minimum wage increase and shrink Biden's proposed $1400 stimulus checks to $1000.

Each of the 10 Republican senators who threw their support behind a widely criticized $600 billion coronavirus relief proposal on Sunday recently approved a whopping $740 billion military budget, a vote progressive lawmakers are highlighting as further evidence of the GOP's warped priorities amid a devastating pandemic and economic crisis.

Biden's package faces a potential Republican roadblock in the 100-seat Senate, which is divided 50-50 but requires a 60-vote threshold to pass most legislation.

But Biden's COVID-19 agenda could also be slowed by partisan politics as the Senate moves toward a February 9 impeachment trial of former Republican President Donald Trump, who faces a charge that he incited insurrection with a fiery speech to supporters just before hundreds of them stormed the Capitol on January 6.

The House was expected to take up the budget resolution during votes tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. EST (2330 GMT). "I can tell you there was not an agreement reached".

Sen. Ron Wyden of OR, the incoming Democratic chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement the GOP proposal was "far too small to provide the relief the American people need".

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