The White House is trying a different tack as it faces criticism over muscling its $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package through Congress, with President Biden and aides trying to shift the onus for its contents to Republicans.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden was not “offering a negotiation” when he asked critics on Monday what they would cut from the proposal, which is already being considered by the House Budget Committee.
“He was making the point that the key components of this bill are addressing the crisis we’re facing,” Psaki told reporters. “The point he’s making is that the size of the package is a reflection of the size of the crisis.”
The House is expected to vote on the legislative pitch later this week before it’s deliberated by the Senate under the fast-track budget process known as reconciliation. That procedure allows for measures to clear the