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Advisors to President Biden and Democrats on the Hill are pushing him to take a tougher line on a major coronavirus aid package than he otherwise would, in a report that surprised some in orbit of the White House

Politico reported Wednesday that a Biden adviser was surprised by the White House statement Monday night that took a tough line against a coronavirus aid proposal by a group of 10 Republican senators The statement followed a meeting between Republicans and Biden to discuss their ideas The Republicans’ proposal is just over $ 600 billion, and Biden’s $ 19 trillion

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “Congress needs to respond boldly and urgently, identifying many areas that the Republican Senators’ proposal does not address, and is not going to slow down work on this urgent crisis response be satisfied with a package that doesn’t meet the moment “

But a Biden adviser told Politico the statement “sounded” more like it was from White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain than it was from Joe Biden

President Joe Biden delivers an Immigration Address on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, in the White House Oval Office, in Washington (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

“The GOP plan wasn’t kidding. I looked at it and said,” OK, the midpoint between $ 600 and $ 1 billion, 9 trillion is about 12 or 13, “said the Politico person.” I was a little surprised at that We’ve hit back so hard It’s not that our plan is perfect and we can’t improve anything. Vintage Biden wouldn’t have been so tough “

That sentiment is represented not only by a single anonymous Biden adviser, but also by senior Senate Republicans, who expressed it at a news conference Tuesday

“I spoke to the President yesterday morning and then He met with 10 of our members for a couple of hours last night,” said Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Chairman, R-Ky, said Tuesday, “And at lunch we had the opportunity to speak to members of the meeting in the hope that we could find a bipartisan path forward. Our members who attended the meeting felt that the President seemed more interested in it than his Employees, or that it appears that the Democratic leadership of the House and Senate are “

Mitch McConnell, chairman of the Ky Senate minority, goes to address the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan 25, 2021 (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

“It’s February 2, it’s Groundhog Day, and things keep repeating,” added John Thune, R-S, Republican of the Senate “The president keeps repeating himself saying he wants to work with Republicans in Congress on a bipartisan solution for coronavirus relief, And Sen.” Schumer repeatedly undermines any efforts for bipartisan cooperation “

If the White House and the 10 moderate Republicans who spoke to Biden could come to an agreement – no guarantee given the huge gap between their proposals – they would have enough votes to break a filibuster from other Republicans and to fit a coronavirus plan under regular Senate ordinance

Even so, the Democrats are advancing the procedural steps they would need to pass a plan under what is known as the budgetary vote, a once-a-year move that allows the Senate to bypass a filibuster on budget and finance -related legislation

Psaki said in her press conference on Tuesday that the House would not be prevented from passing a plan that would get votes from both Houses just because the Senate reconciles

But the Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said Tuesday that Biden continued to sign up for a major coronavirus package and urged Democrats to “act bravely and swiftly” even if Republicans were left behind

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer from New York takes the elevator to the U.S. Capitol Building Friday Jan 22, 2021, in Washington (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Schumer added on Wednesday that the Democrats will meet with Biden in person about coronavirus relief and that they are united “in our determination” for a major relief package

It’s not entirely clear, however, that the Democrats have the votes in their own caucus to bring Biden’s coronavirus aid package on party lines through reconciliation as a moderate Sen Joe Manchin, D-WVah, has expressed concerns about such a move

Manchin voted Tuesday to move forward with the reconciliation process but made no commitment to vote for an end product during an interview with Fox News

“What I have told everyone, I have made it very clear, from the President of the United States to all of my colleagues, we will do this work in a bipartisan way,” Manchin told Special Report host Bret Baier, “Mine.” Friends on the other hand will have input and we will do something we can agree on “

When asked if this comment means it is a “no” to a dollar 9 trillion biden coronavirus plan, Manchin said Democrats don’t have the votes to do that

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