President Joe Biden says he will push forward with his $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan without Republican support. The president warned Friday of a steep and growing ‘cost of inaction’ on his relief plan as the White House searched for ‘creative’ ways to win public support for a package that is getting a cold shoulder from Senate Republicans. A day earlier, the White House and congressional Democrats rejected a Republican pitch to split the rescue plan into smaller chunks. In the age of COVID, it´s not as simple as jumping on a plane to travel the country and try to gin up a groundswell. And at a time of deep polarization, Biden may struggle to convince Republican voters of the urgency when Congress already has approved $4 trillion in aid, including $900 billion last month. Biden signaled on Friday for the first time that he’s willing to move ahead without Republicans. ‘I support passing COVID relief with support from Republicans if we can get it,’ he told reporters. ‘But the COVID relief has to pass. No ifs, ands or buts.’ His message so far has been that a fresh $1.9 trillion in aid would be a bargain compared to the potential damage… Read full this story
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