White House denies 'split' strategy for Coronavirus relief legislation
On Thursday, the White House denied a media report that it might split President Joe Biden's $ 1.9 trillion relief proposal into two bills, as part of a strategy to get the divided Senate to quickly pass some help to Americans.
Biden has stepped up America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed nearly 430,000 people in the United States and left millions unemployed, one of the main goals of his first week in office. But Republicans and some Democrats have opposed the cost of his proposal, which has more than $ 4 trillion in aid approved by Congress last year.
With the Senate split 50 to 50, suspicions have sparked speculation that the White House might propose a two-front strategy, starting with a bill small enough to garner enough Republican support to surpass 60 Senate votes for most bills.
White House Press Secretary Jane Psaki said there is nothing biased in helping Americans and companies recover from the pandemic.
“The needs of the American people are urgent from putting food on the table, to getting vaccines out the door to reopening schools. Those aren’t partisan issues,” Psaki said on Twitter.
“We are engaging with a range of voices - that’s democracy in action - we aren’t looking to split a package in two.”
28 Jan 2021