Ten Republican Senators led by Susan Collins are preparing to present their own $600 billion covid relief plan to the White House as a counteroffer to President Joe Biden‘s $1.9 trillion plan.
In a letter released by Collins’s office, the senators, including Mitt Romney and Bill Cassidy, urged President Biden to meet with them and discuss “how we can work together to meet the needs of the American people during this persistent pandemic.”
“We recognize your calls for unity and want to work in good faith with your Administration to meet the health, economic, and societal challenges of the COVID crisis,” they wrote.
The GOP plan removes the proposal for an increase in the federal minimum wage TO $15 an hour. It also reduces the amount of direct payments that are to be sent to many Americans from $1,400 to $1,000 while also reducing the number of people eligible for the payments.
The proposal is unlikely to garner much support from Democrats as it is a fraction of the size of the bill that the White House has put forth.
Biden economic advisor Brian Deese said on Sunday that the White House “received the letter and will be reviewing it over the course of the day.” But Deese also said, “The president is uncompromising when it comes to the speed that we need to act at to address this crisis.”
Democrats are prepared to move forward with their bill on Monday.