White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese are holding a press briefing on President Joe Biden’s second full day in office.
Psaki and Deese are expected to discuss the president’s $1.9 trillion dollar coronavirus economic relief plan. The package includes $400 billion to stop the spread of COVID-19 and increase vaccine distribution; over $1 trillion to assist families needing direct financial support; and $440 billion in emergency funds for cash-poor small businesses and communities. The White House’s plan, which Mr. Biden said he plans to send to Congress soon, includes additional $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, on top of the $600 payments approved in December under the previous Congress.
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What: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese brief reporters
Date: Friday, January 22, 2021
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: White House, Washington, D.C.
A bipartisan group of senators is planning to meet with Deese in the coming days to discuss the next round of federal aid, according to lawmakers and sources familiar with the matter.
While the plan has garnered widespread Democratic support, Republicans have previously balked at stimulus bills proposed in the House with such high price tags.
If the bill is unable to attract enough support from Republicans, Democrats have a couple of options: they may pass it through the budget reconciliation process or by eliminating the legislative filibuster. Most bills require 60 votes in the Senate to end debate and set up a full vote on the Senate floor. A filibuster occurs when a bill doesn’t receive 60 votes to end debate.
Psaki said during her first press briefing on Wednesday that Mr. Biden’s “clear preference is to move forward with a bipartisan bill.”
“But we are also not going to take any tools off the table for how the Senate, the House and Senate can get this urgent package done,” Psaki said.
Note: Streaming plans are subject to change