On Monday, the White House and a Republican group in the U.S. Senate discussed a new round of aid for the new coronavirus, which both sides called “thorough and fruitful” and “sincere and very helpful,” respectively.
After a two-hour meeting with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harry, Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine told reporters that “there was a very good exchange of views.”
The parties have not reached an agreement on a bipartisan package, but discussions will continue.
“All of us are thinking about needy families, small businesses and an overcrowded health care system, delivering vaccines to people, strengthening the economy, and dealing with the health crisis we face,” Collins said.
Biden has proposed a $ 1.9 trillion economic aid package, while Republicans believe the cost of the aid package should reach the $ 600 billion mark.
A statement from the White House on Monday night said the negotiators “had a common desire to help the American people”, but that Biden “would not agree to a package that does not meet current requirements”.
Biden expressed a desire to receive a coronavirus aid package with bipartisan support, but reiterated on Monday that only the Democrats in Congress can support the proposal.