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Biden Suggests He’s Willing to Negotiate on $1,400 COVID-19 Stimulus Payments

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Biden Suggests He’s Willing to Negotiate on $1,400 COVID-19 Stimulus Payments

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President Joe Biden suggested he’s open negotiating the conditions on his proposed $1,400 stimulus payments after most Senate Republicans and some Democrats said the relief should be targeted on lower-income families. Speaking on Monday, the Democratic president reiterated that the United States is in a precarious situation and said relief is needed. “Time is of the essence,” Biden said of passing the $1.9 trillion package. “I am reluctant to cherry-pick and take out one or two items here.” Biden noted there will be disagreements on the size of the package, coming after he proposed the $1,400 checks. “We’re going to have arguments. For example, I proposed that, because it was bipartisan it would increase the prospects of passage, the additional $1,400 in direct cash payments to folks,” Biden said. “Well there’s legitimate reason for people to say, ‘Do you have the lines drawn the exact right way? Should it go …

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