Biden Won’t Bend To Republicans On COVID-19 Proposal

President Joe Biden has indicated to his supporters that he plans to be a president for all Americans and to encourage cooperation across the aisle — but he’s also been very clear that he isn’t interested in backing down on COVID-19 relief.

Joe Biden won't let Republicans argue down covid package
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In a press conference on Monday, Press Secretay Jen Psaki fielded questions about the possibility of President Biden compromising on this matter with ten Republicans who had been invited to the White House to discuss their counter-proposal. At that time, she assured the American people that Biden believes the alternate proposal is too small, and that he will not agree to less aid.

Still, the meeting with Republicans left some supporters worried. However, Biden has spoken with House Democrats and ensured that he doesn’t plan to bend, according to CNN Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju.

Biden reportedly told Democrats, “I’m not going to start my administration by breaking a promise to the American people.”

This echoes not only what Psaki shared in her briefing on Monday, but the contents of a press statement on Sunday.

The American Rescue Plan – including $1400 relief checks, a substantial investment in fighting COVID and reopening schools, aid to small businesses and hurting families, and funds to keep first responders on the job (and more) – is badly needed. As leading economists have said, the danger now is not in doing too much: it is in doing too little. Americans of both parties are looking to their leaders to meet the moment.

According to Reuters, the House plans to vote on the COVID-19 relief bill within the first week of February, and though Democrats hold a majority in both House and Senate, Republicans could stall the bill on procedural matters.

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