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Joe Biden Supports The Stimulus, Half The Size Of The White House Pre-election Offer Is Occupied To Break The Deadlock

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President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday threw his support behind a $908 billion bipartisan stimulus proposal that’s roughly half the size offered by the Trump administration during negotiations with Democrats before the 2020 election.

A coalition of Republican and Democratic senators, including Susan Collins of Maine and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, unveiled the proposed bill on Tuesday as a middle-of-the-road compromise to address the economic fallout of the pandemic that has left Americans struggling to pay for basic necessities.

Biden backed the measure this afternoon, shortly after Democratic leaders indicated their willingness to take the deal in an effort to deliver quick relief. The former vice president said the developing $908 billion aid package “wouldn’t be the answer, but it would be the immediate help for a lot of things.”

President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event to name his economic team on December 1, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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While Democrats have capitulated, McConnell has expressed unwillingness to budge from his roughly $500 billion position. On Tuesday, McConnell rejected the bipartisan deal and unveiled a slightly tweaked, $550 billion version of a “targeted” proposal that had already been blocked twice. Democrats and Collins quickly indicated resistance to a draft of McConnell’s plan.

“If it’s identical to what [McConnell] brought forth this summer then it’s going to be a partisan bill that is not going to become law,” Collins said. “And I want a bill that will become law.”

McConnell previously endorsed a roughly $1 trillion plan this summer but retracted his support following backlash from some conservatives.

Newsweek reached out to McConnell’s office for comment.

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