A group of 10 Republican Senators met with President Biden at the White House this afternoon to talk about the next round of COVID relief. Republicans want a package in the range of $600 billion while Biden and Democrats are calling for roughly triple that amount. The meeting lasted about 2 hours and at the end of it there’s still no agreement:
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who is leading the group, called it “a frank and very useful discussion” in brief remarks at the White House.
“It was a very good exchange of views. I wouldn’t say we came together on a package tonight. No one expected that,” Collins said. “But what we did agree to do is follow up and talk further.”
The other members of the group are Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Todd Young of Indiana, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mitt Romney of Utah.
It’s not clear they made progress toward an agreement.
While the White House and Republicans Senators were trying to work out a deal, Speaker Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were threatening to move ahead without any GOP support: