Biden warns of growing cost of delay on $1.9 trillion econ aid plan

Biden warns of growing cost of delay on $1.9T econ aid plan
President Joe Biden meets with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in the Oval Office. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: President Joe Biden warned on Friday of a steep and growing “cost of inaction” on his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as the White House searched for “creative” ways to win public support for a aid plan that is getting a cold shoulder from Senate Republicans.

In the age of coronavirus pandemic, it’s not as simple as jumping on a plane to travel the country and try to gin up a groundswell. And at a time of deep polarization, President Biden may struggle to convince Republican voters of the urgency when Congress already has approved $4 trillion dollars in aid, including $900 billion last month.

On Friday, Biden signaled for the first time that he’s willing to move ahead without Republicans.

He told reportes: “I support passing COVID relief with support from Republicans if we can get it. But the COVID relief has to pass. No ifs, ands or buts.”

His message so far has been that a fresh $1.9 trillion aid plan would be a bargain compared to the potential damage to the US economy, which is the largest economy in the world, if it does not pass. An aggressive push for vaccinations and generous aid to individuals would help put parents back to work and let children return to school and improve their lifetime earnings, Biden said at a Friday meeting with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. President Biden and Treasury Secretary met in the Oval Office, where the fireplace was lit to protect against the chill in Washington.

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