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Biden Discussing COVID-19 Aid With Dems, Wants Fast Action

Biden Discussing COVID-19 Aid With Dems, Wants Fast Action”

Biden is seeking $1,400 payments in his COVID-19 relief plan, but Republicans want $1,000 checks.

"We're going to make this work in a bipartisan way, my friends on the other side are going to have input and we're going to do something that we agree on", Manchin told Fox News' Bret Baier on Tuesday night.

Biden framed his views during the virtual lunch meeting with Democrats by talking about the need not to forget working and middle-class families even those like nurses and pipefitters making $150,000 for a family of four who are straining during the crisis, according to a person granted anonymity to discuss the private call. "I'm not married to a particular, absolute number", Biden said of the overall cost, noting that Democrats "can make compromises on several of the programs".

Republicans had previously used reconciliation to pass their billionaire tax cuts in 2017 and in their failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act that same year, when Senators Murkowski, McCain, and Collins crossed the aisle to vote with the Democrats.

President Biden signed an executive order creating a task force to reunite the families, a step toward fulfilling a campaign promise.

While immediate changes were limited, the impact of executive orders that Trump issued his first week in office didn't start to become apparent until a month later when Homeland Security issued detailed enforcement priorities. Given their approval of the motion to proceed, it appears Democrats are poised to pass the President Joe Biden-backed bill.

A White House advisor says he thinks Joe Biden will deny GOP requests for smaller relief checks.

Mr. Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed their 2021 budget plan on Monday.

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Later Wednesday, Biden will speak privately with a group of Senate Democrats, who have been summoned to the White House as the Senate prepares to adopt its own budget this week. "We are hopeful that Republicans will work in a bipartisan manner to support assistance for their communities, but the American people can not afford any more delays and the Congress must act to prevent more needless suffering".

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Democrats were abandoning the possibility of reaching a bipartisan deal by moving forward with reconciliation.

Biden affirmed to the group, however, that he was prepared to push through a comprehensive bill with a party-line vote, Psaki said. "If it's a little smaller than that and we find a targeted need, then that's what we're going to do".

The West Virginia Democrat said there is a lot of money that has already "gone out the door", which is a key argument among Republicans who are wary of the ballooning budget deficit.

Wary Democrats pushed ahead with Tuesday's vote, unwilling to take too much time in courting GOP support that may not materialize or may lead to too meager a package.

Manchin stopped short of directly telling Baier he would not approve legislation through budget reconciliation.

The GOP's $1,000 direct payments would go to fewer households, individuals earning up to $40,000 a year, or $80,000 for couples.



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