Congress still debating as Biden administration pushes for $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package

WASHINGTON — Another round of COVID-19 relief could face serious hurdles. The Biden administration is pushing for a $1.9 trillion relief package, but Republicans say it’s too much.

“There are tens of millions of Americans who are really on the economic precipice. There’s thousands of businesses, particularly restaurants, on the verge of going out of business,” said Virginia (D) Sen. Mark Warner.

President Joe Biden has signed several executive orders aimed at helping the country, but any financial package needs congressional approval. He’s asking for stimulus checks, housing assistance and increased unemployment benefits.

Republicans, however, are questioning the price tag.

“Any further action should be smart and targeted, not just an imprecise deluge of borrowed money that would direct huge sums toward those who don’t need it,” said Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

If both sides can’t agree, Democrats could push many parts of the bill through the Senate where they now hold a majority.