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Politics Biden backs $900B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill

05:40  04 december  2020
05:40  04 december  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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McConnell shoots down bipartisan $ 900 billion coronavirus stimulus plan as stalemate drags on. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected a new bipartisan 8 billion stimulus plan put forward in an effort to break the legislative stalemate as the coronavirus surges throughout the country.

President-elect Joe Biden has advocated for enhanced unemployment benefits, more coronavirus testing and health coverage for everyone who gets President-elect Joe Biden wasted little time laying out how he plans to tackle the coronavirus and aid economic recovery, among other priorities, on

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday described the $900 billion congressional stimulus proposal as a "good start" and said he believed Congress should pass it.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: Biden backs $900B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill © Getty Images Biden backs $900B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill

"That would be a good start. It's not enough," Biden said during a Thursday interview with CNN host Jake Tapper.

"I think it should be passed," Biden continued. "I'm going to ask for more ... when we get there to get things done."

Congressional leaders have failed to reach an agreement on another round of stimulus after months of negotiations with the White House.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers earlier this week unveiled a $908 billion compromise bill amid increasing pressure on Congress to pass a stimulus package to help businesses and American workers affected by the coronavirus-induced economic recession.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected a proposed bipartisan coronavirus stimulus package Tuesday. It is unclear whether lawmakers can pull together a plan that satisfies both the Senate and the House before year's end.

"Like all compromises , this bill is far from perfect. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer hold a meeting to discuss a potential economic bill in response to the coronavirus in Washington on March 20, 2019.


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The measure is lower than the $2.2 trillion proposal embraced by House Democrats and higher than the $500 billion measure backed by Senate Republicans.

Negotiations picked up steam on Thursday as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) held talks about reaching a deal.

Trump also signaled Thursday that he would sign a coronavirus relief deal if Congress could pass one by year's end.

"I want it to happen, and I believe they're getting very close to a deal," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office after awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former football coach Lou Holtz.

Biden has called on Congress to pass a relief measure during the lame-duck session, but acknowledged it would likely fall short of the amount needed to help prop up the ailing economy amid the pandemic, which is surging across the country.

During an event where he unveiled his economic team on Tuesday, Biden said that "any package passed in lame-duck session is - at best - just a start."

Biden on Thursday said that lawmakers should pass a deal that provides immediate assistance in the form of unemployment assistance and mortgage payment and rent relief.

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