Chamber of Commerce urges Biden to heed GOP concerns over COVID relief package
UPDATED 7:31 AM PT – Thursday, February 4, 2021
The Chamber of Commerce has urged Joe Biden to compromise on the coronavirus stimulus package while he considers bypassing Republican objections. The association sent a letter on Tuesday in which it asked Biden to create law through more diplomatic means.
According to Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley, Biden’s claims of seeking national unity are clearly contradicted by forcing the bill through Congress without GOP input.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also expressed concern regarding the partisan path ahead as Democrats may bypass the GOP with a budget reconciliation, which would eliminate any filibuster attempts.
The Senate requires collaboration and deliberation. It’s a feature, not a bug, that slim majorities can’t ram through half-baked ideas.
My remarks on the legislative filibuster and why I stuck up for the minority’s rights even when Republicans had power: https://t.co/vtKFPDeVJe
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) January 26, 2021
It’s unclear what negotiations remain, but Biden may have “bottom lines.”
“He (Biden) believes a married couple, let’s say there in Scranton just for the sake of argument, one is working as a nurse the other as a teacher making $120,000 a year should get a check,” stated White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “That’s in his (Biden’s) plan and the plan presented by Republicans, they would not get a check.”
Despite Republican objections to the bill, Psaki confirmed Biden “supports the efforts” of Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to move this package forward.