WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joseph Biden met with a group of GOP lawmakers who have their own ideas to bring relief to Americans suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They are pushing for a stimulus plan that calls for less money from the federal government than the $1.9 trillion plan proposed by the White House.
According to Blair Miller, senior Washington correspondent for COX Media Group, the biggest difference between the two plans in the cost.
Republicans wants a price tag that is much lower than what the President is pushing.
“We welcome the opportunity to work with you in a bipartisan manner,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
”I support passing COVID-19 relief with Republican support if we can get it. But, the COVID-19 relief has to pass,” said President Joe Biden.
The administration’s $1.9 trillion plan and the $618 billion plan Republicans want to pass differ greatly.
It’s a downsized GOP plan that extends unemployment benefits and includes $160 Billion for vaccines and supplies for COVID-19 testing and treatment.
While they are calling for direct payments to Americans, the amount would be different and would go to “families who need assistance the most.”
The Republican proposal is expected to reduce the stimulus check amount to $1,000, as opposed to the $1,400 payments proposed by the president.
“We hope we can move forward in a bipartisan way with our Republican colleagues cooperating, but we need big bold action. And if we can’t move forward with them, we’ll have to do it on our own,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Democrats welcome the meeting, but administration officials want to move quickly, saying help is urgently needed for Americans.
“We need to act now, and the benefits of acting now and acting big far outweigh the costs,” said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.