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Biden to meet Republicans who propose lesser virus aid package


Last updated 2/4/2021 at 11:49am

snow covered white house lawn

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Snow falls on the North Lawn of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 31, in Washington.

President Joe Biden is to meet Monday, Feb. 1, with a group of 10 Republican senators who have proposed $618 billion in coronavirus aid, about a third of the $1.9 trillion he is seeking as congressional Democrats are poised to move ahead without Republican support.

The Republican group's proposal focuses on the pandemic's health effects rather than its economic toll, tapping into bipartisan urgency to shore up the nation's vaccine distribution and vastly expanding virus testing with $160 billion in aid. Their slimmed down $1,000 direct payments would go to fewer households than the $1,400 B...

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