Jean-Pierre went on to explain that Biden's COVID-19 relief proposal was large because it needed to meet the moment.
"And we need to rebuild that trust in government", added Jill Biden, who joined her husband for the interview in the magazine's February 15 issue, hitting newsstands nationwide on Friday, days before Trump's impeachment trial is set to open in the Senate. We need to act fast.
"Look, we got a lot of people hurting in our country today", Biden said.
The other two orders give the Biden admin the green light to probe Trump's immigration policies that imposed limitations on asylum, halted funding to foreign countries, presented more obstacles to obtain green cards or receive naturalization, and reduced legal immigration into the country. White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said repeatedly that Biden is more concerned about his relief bill being too small than being too big. A group of 10 Senate Republicans have countered with a $600 billion proposal that includes numerous same elements on a smaller scale. "We welcome cooperation. There is nothing about the process of a budget resolution or reconciliation, for that matter, that forecloses the possibility of bipartisanship". Generally, bills in the Senate require 60 votes to call for a vote, but using the budget reconciliation process will allow Senate Democrats to bypass the filibuster.
Over the weekend, 10 Republicans pressed Biden to make good on his calls for "unity" by considering a more moderate package with bipartisan support. Already, the Biden team has been working with aides to Sen.
"But President Biden was clear with us and with our caucus yesterday, he's not going to forget the middle class, he's not going to walk back from a real commitment". They criticized his relief package as a wish list of liberal packages disguised as a covid relief bill.
In the case of no Republican support and a 50-50 tie in the Senate, Vice President Kamala Harris would cast the deciding vote on the stimulus.
Biden doubted that enough Republicans - at least 17 are needed - would join Democrats to convict Trump on a charge of inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to keep lawmakers from certifying Trump's election loss to Biden.
An income cap is a valid point, but you won't find many others coming from the Republicans, whose $618 billion counterproposal doesn't exactly meet this emergency with the requisite vigor.
The intensifying debate over the stimulus comes amid weeks of elevated jobless claims and fears that the more transmissible form of the coronavirus could cause further economic pain. Biden wants to do $400 until September. The group met with the president on Monday at the White House, with both sides saying it was a productive meeting. He did say he believed he would get some GOP support for his proposal. Aside from direct payments, his plan includes additional unemployment benefits, money for vaccines and aid to state and local governments.
The $75,000 threshold was used for the previous two stimulus checks.
The president's $1.9 trillion proposal, called the American Rescue Plan, is a powerful package that targets virus control, vaccine distribution and prevents tens of millions of families from falling even deeper into poverty. An economic crisis is no time to let the bogeyman of the deficit thwart ambitions to help people and stimulate growth, especially not after Republicans in Congress passed a massive corporate tax cut in 2017 projected to add an equivalent amount to the deficit.