© Bloomberg. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, speaks during a press conference at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. The Congress meets today to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 Presidential Election, with dozens of Republican lawmakers preparing to challenge the count in various states during what is normally a largely ceremonial event.
(Bloomberg) – Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has lobbied President-elect Joe Biden to propose more than $ 1.3 trillion in spending for his initial round of Covid-19 relief, according to a person familiar with The issue. The two have discussed Biden’s plans ahead of the president-elect’s announcement Thursday of his economic reconstruction proposals, said the person, who asked not to be named because the talks were private. Attendees have been mulling over the price of the immediate assistance package that Democrats will seek after the administration takes office on January 20. Last fall, Democrats sought a $ 2.2 trillion Covid-19 bill, $ 1.3 trillion more than the $ 900 billion measure enacted in late December. Biden will seek a deal with Republicans in the next round of Covid-19 relief, rather than trying to impose a package without their support, people familiar with the matter said Tuesday. Another person familiar with the discussions said Wednesday that at least 10 Republican senators are believed to be able to be found to back the bill that will be released Thursday, speeding up its approval in a chamber that will have a 50-50 partisan split. The relief plan will include no surprises and will be made up of elements that Democrats have been pushing for weeks in the wake of the $ 900 billion bill enacted last month, that person said. More to Come A transitional spokesman for Biden declined to comment on the plans. Funding for vaccines, aid to state and local governments, increasing direct payments to $ 2,000 from the $ 600 approved last month and additional support from unemployment insurance will be key components, the person said. A larger stimulus package and infrastructure plan is anticipated after the immediate aid bill, the person said. While funding for state and local governments was left out of the December bill, several Republicans backed a proposed compromise of $ 160 billion in such spending. There is also bipartisan support for pushing stimulus controls. Republican Senator Marco Rubio urged Biden, in a letter to the president-elect Tuesday, to ask Congress to send him legislation that raises the payments to $ 2,000. It would “send a powerful message to the American people” in the wake of what happened on Capitol Hill on January 6, Rubio said in his letter. © 2021 Bloomberg LP