It was reported today that President Biden plans to wind down his initial flurry of executive actions by the middle of next week and shift his focus to getting key parts of his legislative agenda passed
According to three administration officials, the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that Democrats are attempting to get through both chambers of Congress will be the top priority.
Earlier today, House Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) pointed out in a tweet that “The Senate is divided 50/50. The House is almost equally divided. President Biden promised he’d work with Republicans. But he’s signed 40 executive orders and actions in nine days.”
According to one administration official, Biden has been quietly reaching out to Republicans about the relief bill because he wants to pass it with bipartisan support, and may soon begin holding in-person meetings at the White House.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-MO) was on Fox News earlier with Sandra Smith and John Roberts and Roberts said that Biden was prepared to pass the bill without Republican support.
Cotton said that he believes it is another “disappointing development.” He hoped that Democrats would be willing to “co-operate” so they could pass a “good bill.”
“Republicans are happy to work with Democrats to bring needed #COVID19 relief to the American people, but we will not support a multi-trillion dollar bill going to fund long-standing Democratic priorities,” Cotton insisted.
Republicans are happy to work with Democrats to bring needed #COVID19 relief to the American people, but we will not support a multi-trillion dollar bill going to fund long-standing Democratic priorities. pic.twitter.com/6Hahle5Iyq— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) January 29, 2021
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) quoted newly confirmed US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen in a speech on the floor yesterday, which he shared a clip of in a tweet today.
“The president is absolutely right. The price of doing nothing is much higher than the price of doing something, and doing something big. We need to act now, and the benefits of acting now and acting big will far outweigh the costs in the long run,” Yellen said.
Schumer said in his tweet, “We are in the midst of a once-in-a-century crisis. Only big, bold action is called for. This Senate will deliver more help to the American people and fast.”
“The smartest thing we can do is act big.” —Janet Yellen— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 29, 2021
We are in the midst of a once-in-a-century crisis.
Only big, bold action is called for.
This Senate will deliver more help to the American people and fast. pic.twitter.com/JB0Ld9uEKQ
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