President Biden invitations Senator Invoice Cassidy and different Republican senators to the White Home for a

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Sunday invited Sen. Invoice Cassidy and different Republican senators who signed a letter to fulfill with the President on the White Home early this week “for a full change of concepts.”

Senator Cassidy and 9 different senators have their very own COVID reduction proposal views they need to speak to President Biden about. 

A bunch of 10 Republican Senators wrote to President Biden in the present day to suggest an alternate Covid-19 reduction proposal that they imagine is able to garnering bipartisan assist. The group additionally requested a gathering with the President to debate the proposal intimately. 

The letter’s signatories embody Senators: Invoice Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Rob Portman (R-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Todd Younger (R-IN), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Thom Tillis (R-NC).  

“Within the spirit of bipartisanship and unity, now we have developed a COVID-19 reduction framework that builds on prior COVID help legal guidelines, all of which handed with bipartisan assist,” the Senators wrote to the President. “Our proposal displays a lot of your said priorities, and together with your assist, we imagine that this plan may very well be authorized shortly by Congress with bipartisan assist.  We request the chance to fulfill with you to debate our proposal in better element and the way we are able to work collectively to fulfill the wants of the American individuals throughout this persistent pandemic.”

The Senators plan to unveil the main points of their proposal on Monday, February 1. 

A full textual content of the letter is beneath:

January 31, 2021

The President

The White Home

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC  20500

Expensive Mr. President:

 As you proclaimed in your Inaugural Handle, overcoming the challenges going through our nation “requires probably the most elusive of issues in a democracy: Unity.”  Heeding that essential name, we welcome the chance to work with you in a bipartisan method to fight the COVID-19 virus and supply continued assist to households struggling throughout the pandemic. 

Within the spirit of bipartisanship and unity, now we have developed a COVID-19 reduction framework that builds on prior COVID help legal guidelines, all of which handed with bipartisan assist.  Our proposal displays a lot of your said priorities, and together with your assist, we imagine that this plan may very well be authorized shortly by Congress with bipartisan assist.  We request the chance to fulfill with you to debate our proposal in better element and the way we are able to work collectively to fulfill the wants of the American individuals throughout this persistent pandemic. 

Addressing this public well being disaster has required sturdy and fast assist for vaccine growth and distribution, testing and tracing, therapy and provides, together with the manufacturing and deployment of private protecting tools.  We agree with you that persevering with to construct our capability in these areas is essential to overcoming the pandemic.  Like your plan, our proposal features a complete of $160 billion to reinforce our capabilities in these areas in addition to to assist our well being care suppliers, who’re on the entrance strains of the pandemic.  Our plan mirrors your request for $4 billion to bolster our behavioral well being and substance abuse companies.

 Our proposal additionally contains financial reduction for these Individuals with the best want, offering extra focused help than within the Administration’s plan. We suggest an extra spherical of financial impression funds for these households who want help probably the most, together with their dependent kids and adults.  Our plan additionally contains extending enhanced federal unemployment advantages on the present degree and totally funding your request for diet help to assist struggling households.

We share your aim of offering further help for our small companies. Included in our plan are further assets to assist our small companies and their staff by means of the profitable Paycheck Safety Program and the Financial Damage Catastrophe Mortgage Program. 

Getting our kids again to highschool and ensuring that faculties are in a position to keep open safely are priorities that we strongly assist.  Our plan contains assets for these functions in addition to for baby care, which is a vital part to getting Individuals again to work.  

Lastly, we be aware that billions of {dollars} stay unspent from the earlier COVID reduction packages.  Simply final month, Congress supplied $900 billion in further assets, and communities are solely now receiving a lot of that help.  A few of the spending appropriated by means of the CARES Act, handed final March, additionally has but to be exhausted. The proposal now we have outlined is conscious of those previous efforts, whereas additionally acknowledging the priorities that want further assist proper now. 

In 2020, Members of the Home and Senate and the earlier Administration got here collectively on a bipartisan foundation 5 occasions to direct the assets of the federal authorities towards combatting the pressing COVID-19 pandemic.  Every of those legal guidelines obtained the assist of members from each political events. Together with your assist, we imagine Congress can as soon as once more craft a reduction package deal that can present significant, efficient help to the American individuals and set us on a path to restoration.

We acknowledge your requires unity and need to work in good religion together with your Administration to fulfill the well being, financial, and societal challenges of the COVID disaster. 

Thanks to your consideration of this request.



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