President Donald Trump held call with GOP leaders about coronavirus relief package
The estimated amount of aid has already angered some Republicans
One of President Joe Biden’s top economics aides will demand $ 1.9 trillion from bipartisan Senators on Sunday to help coronavirus-affected Americans and prevent widespread economic crisis.
National Economic Council director Brian Dees said he will urge senators to approve the proposed bailout plan.
“We cannot wait,” White House spokeswoman Karin Jean-Pierre told reporters. “The fact that Washington is at an impasse does not mean that it should continue to remain at this impasse.”.
COVID-19 pandemic killed more than 417 thousand Americans, infecting more than 175 thousand people a day. Millions were left jobless, creating an immediate crisis for the Biden administration.
Biden built his campaign on the promise of a decisive fight against the pandemic, which was often downplayed by his predecessor Donald Trump..
While Congress has already pledged $ 4 trillion in aid, the White House insists another $ 1.9 trillion is needed to cover the cost of fighting the virus and paying extended unemployment benefits and household benefits..
“The bottom line is that we are in a nationwide emergency and we need to act accordingly,” Biden said Friday, signing the economic aid orders..
Although Biden’s Democratic Party has a small majority in the House and Senate, this legislative initiative is likely to require bipartisan support to overcome procedural hurdles..
Several Republicans have already expressed dissatisfaction with the cost of the bill.
Senator Mitt Romney, a moderate Republican, told Fox News that he would listen to what the White House had to say, but that the “total figure … is shocking.”.
“Spending and borrowing trillions of dollars from the Chinese, among other things, is not necessarily the best thing we can do to keep our economy strong in the long run,” Romney added..
Democrat Senator Dick Durbin hopes for bipartisan spirit in Senate.
“The goal is to see if there are any points of agreement that we can build on when considering this aid package,” he said on NBC’s Meet the Press..
The new president said that one of his top priorities will be the unification of the divided country.
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