Biden, Yellen to brief Senate Democrats Tuesday
President Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will brief Senate Democrats during their caucus lunch call on Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s office (D-N.Y.) confirmed that the two will join the Democratic lunch, which has been held via Zoom call during the coronavirus pandemic.
The call comes as Democrats prepare to pass a budget resolution this week that will allow them to pass a subsequent coronavirus bill without GOP support.
Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion package that includes a $1,400 direct payment to most Americans, more unemployment assistance, state and local aid and an increase to a $15 per hour minimum wage.
He met with Senate Republicans for approximately two hours Monday to discuss his plan and the GOP’s $618 billion proposal.
But Democrats, along with the White House, have indicated they support using reconciliation to pass the coronavirus aid and that they want a bigger bill. The budget tool allows them to bypass the 60-vote legislative filibuster and pass the bill without GOP support.
“[Biden] reiterated that while he is hopeful that the Rescue Plan can pass with bipartisan support, a reconciliation package is a path to achieve that end. The President also made clear that the American Rescue Plan was carefully designed to meet the stakes of this moment, and any changes in it cannot leave the nation short of its pressing needs,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said after the GOP meeting.
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