GOP senators up to date the press after assembly with President Biden to debate a coronavirus reduction package deal.
– Do you [INAUDIBLE]?
JOE BIDEN: Oh, no. I’m anxious for it to speak.
I really feel like I’m again within the Senate, which I prefer to suppose is one of the best factor I did.
SUSAN COLLINS: Good night, everyone. We have simply had a really productive, cordial two-hour assembly with the president and the vice chairman and a few of their key aides, to debate the subsequent steps on the COVID reduction package deal. We outlined for the president the provisions that we have now proposed as a part of an approximately $600 billion package deal. He defined in additional depth areas that weren’t fleshed out as a lot within the package deal, the $1.9 trillion package deal.
And it was an excellent alternate of views. I would not say that we got here collectively on a package deal tonight. No one anticipated that in a two-hour assembly. But we did conform to do, is to observe up and discuss additional on the workers degree and amongst ourselves and with the president and vice chairman on how we will proceed to work collectively on this crucial situation.
All of us are involved about struggling households, teetering small companies, and overwhelmed a well being care system, getting vaccines out and into folks’s arms, and strengthening our economic system and addressing the general public well being disaster that we face. So I believe it was a wonderful assembly, and we’re very appreciative that as his first official assembly within the Oval Office, the president selected to spend a lot time with us in a frank and really helpful dialogue.
Finally, let me simply say that we have now demonstrated within the final 12 months that we will come collectively on a bipartisan package deal coping with the present disaster. In truth, we have accomplished that not simply a couple of times, we have accomplished it 5 instances. And I’m hopeful that we will as soon as once more move a sixth bipartisan COVID reduction package deal.