At a closed-door lunch, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows fended off serious concerns raised by GOP senators over the Trump administration’s efforts to finalize a roughly $2 trillion package before the elections.
“He got some pushback on: ‘Why are you bidding this up into an area where you’re gonna lose support?'” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican, told CNN. “He said: ‘It’s a work in motion.'”…
“No,” Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander told CNN when asked if he could support a deal in the $1.8 trillion-$2 trillion range. “I don’t think there’s appetite for that.”
Sen. Mike Braun, a Republican from Indiana, said “no real particulars” came out of Meadows’ presentation because talks are still ongoing.
“I wouldn’t be for a bill that would be $1.8 trillion-$2 trillion,” Braun said. “It’s too much and there’s going to be too much extraneous stuff as well.”