President Joe Biden met with a group of 10 Republicans at the White House Monday to discuss COVID relief laws. After the meeting, however, he quickly made it clear that he would not settle for a watered-down GOP proposal.
Calling the meeting "productive", the White House re-pledged to work with Republicans in the future, but stressed that they would oppose any proposal that does not adequately address the country's public health and economic crises.
"(Biden) will not slow down work on this urgent crisis response or settle for a package that does not fulfill the moment," the White House said.
The full statement:
The President and Vice President had a substantive and productive discussion with Republican senators in the White House tonight. The group shared a desire for aid to help the American people suffering from the worst health and economic crisis of a generation.
While there were areas of consensus, the president also reiterated his view that Congress must respond boldly and urgently, identifying many areas that the Republican senators' proposal does not address. He reiterated that while he is confident that the bailout can be passed with the support of both parties, a reconciliation package is one way to achieve this goal. The President also made it clear that the American bailout plan has been carefully designed to meet the demands of this moment, and that changes to it cannot leave the nation behind in its urgent needs.
The President expressed his hope that the group could continue to explore ways to strengthen the US rescue plan going forward and find common ground – including working on support and nutrition programs for small businesses. However, he reiterated that he would not slow down work on this urgent crisis response or settle for a package that does not meet the moment.
The American people want results
As Joe Biden continues to make real efforts to cross the aisle – something Donald Trump never did – he clearly realizes the unprecedented nature of the crises he has inherited.
Biden and his team also learned the lessons from the Obama years, when the Democrats spent precious time chasing Republican votes for key legislation just to stay high and dry.
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow said Monday night, "(Democrats) remember what happened the last time they were in this situation in 2009, and this time they will not allow what happened under President Obama to happen again . "
"(Democrats) remember what happened the last time they were in this situation in 2009, and this time they will not let what happened under President Obama happen again," Rachel Maddow says of GOP- Try to force Democrats to meet their demands for COVID alleviation. #maddow pic.twitter.com/6DHiUpXSzJ
– PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) February 2, 2021
The American people want results above all, especially at a time when so many people are suffering. The White House clearly recognizes this.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.