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White House Not Planning to Split $1.9 Trillion COVID Package in Two

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White House Not Planning to Split $1.9 Trillion COVID Package in Two

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President Joe Biden’s administration doesn’t support splitting his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal in two, officials said Thursday. “The needs of the American people are urgent from putting food on the table, to getting vaccines out the door to reopening schools. Those aren’t partisan issues. We are engaging with a range of voices—that’s democracy in action—we aren’t looking to split a package in two,” Jen Psaki, Biden’s press secretary, said in a tweet. “The needs of the American people aren’t partial; we can’t do this piecemeal,” added Brian Deese, a top White House economic adviser. A number of Republicans have expressed shock over the cost of the proposed package. It’s more than double a package Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed late last year. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on “Fox News Sunday” called the amount “pretty shocking.” On CNN’s “State of the Union,” he added: “I think people recognize …

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