Congressional Democrats have united behind President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package, which features another round of stimulus checks, funding for states, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Over the weekend, 10 Republicans pressed Biden to make good on his calls for "unity" by considering a more moderate package with bipartisan support.
Fewer people could qualify for the next round of COVID-19 stimulus payments even as Democrats in Congress are pushing ahead with President Biden's massive relief plan.
"At 12:01 we walked into the White House and we got to work", she said. One factor in her favor, the big boss, the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican, walked out of the meet during this break and said he does support Cheney.
The smaller proposal cuts the amount spread through checks, making them more targeted.
As the Democratic Party controls both chambers of the US Congress (resolving a 50-50 divide in the Senate by using Vice President Kamala Harris as a tiebreaker vote), the Democrats initiated a "joint budget resolution" that allows the relief bill to be passed via a simple majority instead of the Senate's traditional 60-vote threshold.
However, the price for using this measure is having to receive a barrage of amendments from the GOP to the budget resolution needed to pass the stimulus, which is likely to keep the Senate debating for hours.
The pandemic has killed more than 447,000 Americans and thrown millions out of work, and Biden has made it a top priority.
A number of Republicans have balked at the price tag, pointing out that money remains to be spent from a $900 billion stimulus bill passed late previous year.
The 10 Senate Republicans, in the letter to Biden, pushed back on the White House memos - and in several areas pressed the administration to justify the scale of their proposal based on the amount of unspent aid now remaining.
"I've already instructed the incoming Democratic chairs of all relevant committees to begin holding hearings on the climate crisis in preparation for enacting President Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda, which includes major climate legislation", Schumer said on the floor. These direct payments make up one-quarter of Biden's plan, and as of Wednesday, Republicans reportedly succeeded in getting Biden to re-think how he will target the aid checks to reach those in greater need. The Senate will have to approve a budget resolution and then both chambers would need to approve a budget reconciliation package that includes the COVID-19 relief deal, The Hill reported.
Democrats are also calling on $400 unemployment supplements through the end of September.
Biden's proposal calls for payments of up to $1,400 per person, a dramatic jump from the $600-per-person payments approved in the last coronavirus package. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates that would cost $465 billion. The payments would drop incrementally above those levels, hitting zero for individuals earning $50,000 or more or couples earning more than $100,000.
About three-quarters of Americans say they have at least some confidence in Biden's ability to handle the pandemic, while about a quarter have hardly any.