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Biden, Democrats meet on new aid package


From left, Vice President Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden, and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer discuss a coronavirus relief package in the Oval Office on Wednesday. Associated Press/Photo by Evan Vucci

Biden, Democrats meet on new aid package

President Joe Biden told Democratic lawmakers that he’s not married to the exact $1.9 trillion price tag of his proposal, but he wants Congress to “act fast” and “go big.” He huddled with top Senate Democrats at the White House on Wednesday to discuss his COVID-19 rescue plan.

Do we know any specifics? Biden said he doesn’t want to budge from his proposed $1,400 in direct payments to most Americans. Democratic leaders have already laid the groundwork for budget reconciliation, a process they could use to pass the relief bill without any Republican support at all. Republicans have asked Biden to consider a more targeted $600 billion counterproposal.

Dig deeper: Read Joel Belz’s reflections on Biden’s expensive policy wish list.


Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.

@kentcovington

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