U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President Kamala D. Harris will be meeting with 10 Republican Senators on Monday over their proposed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
The Senators are expected to bring along their counter-proposal with less spending, a proposal that is expected to be rejected by Biden and Harris.
“In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with Republican Senators about the American Rescue Plan, which will deliver urgently needed relief to working families and small businesses, and speed up vaccinations and the reopening of schools, in the Oval Office,” the White House announced on Sunday.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement earlier on Sunday that the President received a letter on Sunday from 10 Republican Senators asking to meet with him to discuss their ideas about the actions needed to address these crises.
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“In response, the President spoke to Senator Collins, and invited her and other signers of the letter to come to the White House early this week for a full exchange of views,” Psaki said.
She added: “With the virus posing a grave threat to the country, and economic conditions grim for so many, the need for action is urgent, and the scale of what must be done is large. The American Rescue Plan – including $1400 relief checks, a substantial investment in fighting COVID and reopening schools, aid to small businesses and hurting families, and funds to keep first responders on the job (and more) – is badly needed. As leading economists have said, the danger now is not in doing too much: it is in doing too little. Americans of both parties are looking to their leaders to meet the moment.”