And that might create more problems than it solves for Joe Biden and the Democrats. Republicans continue to balk at Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion relief/stimulus bill dealing with COVID-19 and economic issues, in large part because it’s only been a month since Congress authorized an additional $900 billion-plus in relief and stimulus spending. While some Senate Republicans have expressed interest in certain pieces of the Biden proposal, the entire caucus remains opposed to passing it in total.
Democrats had considered trying to pass it in pieces, but that looks as though it’s going nowhere now. Nor does the White House or Chuck Schumer want to consider going with a less expensive option:
What’s clear after a call between the WH and Democratic senators: There’s no desire to pare back the $1.9 trillion relief bill or break it up into smaller pieces, per several Democratic senators.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 28, 2021