Ten Republican senators wrote to President Biden on Sunday, outlining a framework for coronavirus reduction laws and pushing for Mr. Biden to compromise. The letter got here as Democrats have been getting ready to bypass the necessity for Republican help to be able to ship a sweeping reduction bundle.
The 10 senators, led by Susan Collins of Maine, proposed a framework that features a few of the provisions in Mr. Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan however would curtail others. It will embrace $160 billion for vaccine distribution and growth, Covid testing and the manufacturing of private protecting tools, together with reduction for faculties, small companies and “extra focused help” for people by means of one other spherical of direct funds and unemployment advantages.
“Our proposal displays lots of your acknowledged priorities, and together with your help, we consider that this plan could possibly be accepted rapidly by Congress with bipartisan help,” the senators wrote.
The group, which additionally contains Mitt Romney of Utah, Michael Rounds of South Dakota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, is anticipated to launch further particulars of their proposal on Monday.
To go a bundle by means of the common legislative course of, Mr. Biden would wish 60 votes within the Senate, and due to this fact the help of not less than 10 Republicans.
Mr. Biden and prime Democrats have stated they need Republican help for a brand new reduction invoice. However with a number of Republicans already balking at passing a sweeping bundle, Democrats are getting ready to go a invoice on their very own utilizing price range reconciliation, a legislative course of that’s extra sophisticated however requires solely a easy majority within the Senate.