A coalition of Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday proposed a bipartisan coronavirus relief package, although Democratic leadership remains cool to any slimmed-down offers.
The Problem Solvers Caucus, a 50-member group split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, put forth a $2 trillion deal, aiming to carve out a middle ground for those dug into partisan positions.
“What brings the 50 of us together — 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans who supported this package — is our shared goal of finding a pragmatic solution. A bipartisan path forward to get negotiators back to the table,” Democrat Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, caucus co-chair, said. “We can’t wait. We can’t play political games.”
Rep. Tom Reed, the other co-chair of the coalition, said their goal was to simply prove to leadership on both sides compromise was possible.
“What we wanted to demonstrate is that it can be done,” the New York Republican said.
Their proposal aimed to keep the price tag