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Biden Meets with GOP Leaders to Discuss Stripped-Down Counter Bill to $1.9 Trillion Package

HeadlineFeb 01, 2021

President Biden is meeting today with 10 Republican senators who are proposing a roughly $600 billion coronavirus relief compromise bill they say could pass with bipartisan support, as an alternative to Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus. The plan, backed by Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman and others, includes $160 billion for vaccine development and delivery, COVID-19 testing, treatment, and the production of personal protective equipment. It also includes an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits and direct payments starting at $1,000 for those they say are most in need. Senator Bernie Sanders, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, said Sunday he believes Democrats can pass the larger $1.9 trillion bill through reconciliation even without any Republican support.

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