Buttigieg says 'time is of the essence' on stimulus bill

Buttigieg says 'time is of the essence' on stimulus bill
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Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron Pressed on 2024, Buttigieg says 'we are squarely focused on the job at hand' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE left open the idea on Sunday that the administration would consider lowering the income threshold for eligibility for Americans to receive individual stimulus checks under the latest coronavirus relief proposal. 

Buttigieg told ABC “This Week,” host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBaldwin says he doesn't feel guilty for 'Rust' shooting: Someone else 'is responsible' Baldwin details how gun misfired on 'Rust' set despite trigger never being pulled Baldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' MORE that "time is of the essence" when it comes to helping Americans as soon as possible.

“Look, there's an active conversation going on right now obviously, but the bottom line is we've got to support as many Americans as we can, as robustly as we can and as quickly as we can. Time is of the essence,” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg also expressed confidence that the stimulus bill would pass despite the slim majority that Democrats currently command in Congress.

“That's not just a unifying priority for the Democratic coalition, that’s something that has a remarkably large degree of support among Republicans, at least among Republican voters, Republican mayors,” Buttigieg said. “We're hoping that will also show up among Republican legislators here in Washington.”

Vice President Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote on Friday, helping Senate Democrats to pass a budget resolution that paves the way to pass a stimulus bill without GOP support. President Biden has signalled that he would prefer to have bipartisan support but has said he is willing to move forward without it.