Two people familiar with the matter said that Biden is speaking to Collins, talking freely with her, and leaving a clear impression on Republicans that he is willing to accept a settlement with the Republican Party.
However, after the White House staff shouted loudly, the call quickly turned to the south, and Collins and White House economic adviser Brian Deese participated in the exchange of housing funds in the proposal-Senate Republicans argued that there is still a lot of money needed spend.
The end result: no agreement was reached, reiterating Biden’s view that the Republican Party’s approach is too insignificant for the current economic and public health crisis.
However, Republicans are still disturbed by the lack of progress in the short-lived bipartisan negotiations. Seeing a president frustrated by White House staff and congressional Democrats, they feel that their interest in working with the Republicans is far less so, and they seem more willing to ignore it. The minority party advances its agenda. Republican view: Biden seems willing to reach an agreement, but will not do so due to pressure from people around him.
West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito said: “He seems to be more willing to negotiate than his staff.” He met with Biden and a group of Republican senators earlier this month.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Mitch McConnell) said that this is a message also left by Republican senators who negotiated with Biden.
McConnell said earlier this month: “Our members who attended the meeting believed that the president seemed more interested in it than his staff — or looked like Democratic leaders in the House and Senate.”
White House officials have rejected the notion that Biden’s aides are holding back his two-party system to solve the Covedy relief problem. The president himself told Collins and other Republicans during the Oval Office meeting that their proposals were lacking.
During a visit to the Pfizer factory in Michigan last Friday, Biden said that although he is willing to work with Republicans to make his bills “cheap”, he is not willing to make too many compromises on content.
“What do they want me to chop? What do they want me to throw away?” he asked forcefully.
A White House official said that Biden “needs to be bold” in private conversations with lawmakers and has been “unanimous”. He said that although he was “open-minded” with Republicans, “he believed in the earlier recommendations made by the Republican group. Months are not enough, and he has not wavered this view in any negotiations surrounding the bill.”
Democrats go forward
Democrats say they have learned a lot from past mistakes, including in the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency, they believe that months of negotiations with Republicans will eventually lead them to think of this policy. Was downplayed. Coupled with an agreement with Republican senators, it is almost certain to severely divide Democrats, especially in the House of Representatives, something that Democratic leaders in Congress are eager to avoid.
Then, the Senate is preparing to pass the bill together with Democratic leaders, stating that they will bypass the Senate committee and take direct measures to pass Congress by early March.
On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told his fellow Democrats that when unemployment benefits are about to expire, they are “hopeful” to pass a $1.9 trillion bill by March 14.
Schumer said: “If Republicans are ready to cooperate with Democrats on constructive amendments to improve the bill we are preparing to work,” Schumer said.
“However, we must not allow Republican obstructionism to prevent us from fulfilling our mission of helping Americans who desperately need such relief.”
Although Republicans criticized Biden for acting alone, Democrats said that the Republicans are still far from reaching the required price.
Before the White House meeting with Biden, Collins, and nine other Republicans, they announced a $600 billion counter-proposal against the president’s $1.9 trillion bill, which Democrats immediately believed was not enough.
The $160 billion in the GOP plan for vaccinations is an extension of federal unemployment benefits, which includes relief checks that Republicans argued are tailored to those who need it most. It also avoided controversial ideas, such as raising the minimum wage to $15, which Republicans strongly opposed.
Republicans now warn that Biden’s first major achievement will almost certainly be achieved without any Republican support.
Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney (Mitt Romney) said: “If we move forward without changing the original proposal, I don’t expect a single Republican to support this $1.9 trillion plan.”
Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.