White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed the Biden Administration would not “slow down” for Republicans to pass a COVID relief package.
The Republican proposal for the COVID relief package is estimated at around $600 billion.
On the other hand, Democrats are pursuing a much bigger package that weighs around $1.9 trillion in taxpayer dollars.
The Democrat proposal for relief is more than three times the amount that Republicans are calling for.
In the press briefing, Jen Psaki said Biden shares “a desire to get help to the American people… He reiterated, however, that he will not slow down work on this urgent crisis response, and will not settle for a package that fails to meet the moment.”
While Biden’s intentions to help bring COVID relief to Americans may have good intentions, Democrats seem to forget about our growing national debt.
As of Tuesday morning, the national debt sits at well over $27 trillion. If the Democrats get their way, it could result in pushing the United States into a whopping $30 trillion debt.
However, after a Monday night meeting in the Oval Office, many Republicans feel confident that they can leverage the Democrats’ lofty goal down to something more reasonable for the American taxpayer.
Senate Republicans said in a statement they were “appreciative that in his first official meeting in the Oval Office, President Biden chose to spend so much time with us discussing the response to the COVID crisis.”
Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, said the meeting on Monday night was “a very productive exchange of views.”
Senator Collins led a group of Senators who engaged with the White House to bring a COVID relief bill to the American people.
“I think we had a very good dialogue,” said Republican Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota. “I came away thinking there’s hope to try to find something in the future, but it’s not going to be easy,” Rounds said on “Fox and Friends First.”
“While reconciliation does not preclude a bipartisan package, it does ensure Congress can meet the needs of the American people whether Republicans want to help or not,” said House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, a Democrat from Kentucky.
A vote for the COVID relief package may rest on one Senator from West Virginia. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, refused to commit to Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan when Fox News asked.
A spokesperson for Senator Manchin said, “Senator Manchin is still committed to a bipartisan path forward.”
While Congress and the White House continue to strive for a bipartisan deal, it’s unclear if Biden even has the backing of his entire party.
Anita Dunn, a Biden adviser, told CNN, “Even with narrow majorities in Congress, he has the opportunity to build broad bipartisan support for his program — not necessarily in Congress but with the American people.”
The pending relief package has taken months to make any progress. Many Americans felt utterly betrayed when Congress proposed a bill to provide Americans with $600 in COVID relief.
Any relief package that Congress puts up to vote is sure to have the same backlash unless bipartisanly approved.