The White House is open to considering reducing incentive checks specifically for families making more than $ 150,000 per year, the administration said, but months of unemployment insurance or money cuts going to administration schools Is not considering
The official told Granthshalathat if the Republican counterproposal went ahead, lawmakers would have to renegotiate in two months, which could also happen in a political scenario. The official said that while the Biden administration is smaller than their relief package at $ 1.9 trillion, they are not considering a $ 600 billion plan.
White House press secretary Jane Saki said in a statement Sunday evening that Biden invited GOP senators to the White House behind the retaliation, “for a full exchange of views.”
“The virus poses a serious threat to the country, and the economic situation has become so severe, the need for action is urgent, and the scale of what needs to be done is huge,” she said.
The 10 senators said in a joint statement Sunday night that they accepted the president’s invitation to the White House on Monday afternoon “to discuss the path forward for the sixth bipartisan COVID-19 relief package.”
The Republican relief package represents the most significant response yet to the White House’s planned package, although with a price tag of less than a trillion dollars compared to the Democratic plan, the GOP proposal faces opposition from congressional Democrats Will have to.
Counterproposal includes a total of $ 160 billion for vaccine development and distribution, testing and tracing, and treatment and supplies, including production and deployment of personal protective equipment. It also included “a new round of direct payments for families who need to extend increased federal unemployment benefits to current levels”, providing $ 4 billion to boost behavioral health and substance abuse Does.
Biden has said he is not against reconciliation, but the official said Sunday that the White House wants to “give room for Republicans, but they are not going to snatch.”
The relief package deliberation stands as a preliminary test of Biden’s commitment to deliver during his time as president. In his inauguration speech earlier this month, the president called for bipartisan and unity.
As of Sunday evening, the next steps regarding the meeting with the party had not been decided, though Saki noted in his statement that Biden had spoken with Legislative Assembly Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Schumer regarding the law.
The president said, “Thankful that Congress is ready to begin action on the US rescue plan just in its second week in office.”
CNN’s Manu Raju, Paul LeBlanc, Dana Bash, Lauren Fox, Devan Cole and Danila Diaz contributed to this report.