WHAT WE KNOW:
President Biden and Vice President Harris met with 10 Republican senators in the Oval Office on Monday evening.
The meeting comes after the senators unveiled a $618 billion coronavirus relief counterproposal, about one-third the size of the package proposed by Biden.
The group of 10 Republicans who came up with the $618 billion Covid-19 proposals is led by a few moderates who have seemed eager to negotiate with Biden.
Lawmakers that met Biden:
- Susan Collins (R-ME)
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
- Mitt Romney (R-UT)
- Rob Portman (R-OH)
- Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
- Todd Young (R-IN)
- Jerry Moran (R-KS)
- Mike Rounds (R-SD)
- Thom Tillis (R-NC)
I joined a group of 10 Republican Senators in writing to President Biden today to propose an alternative Covid-19 relief bill capable of garnering bipartisan support and to request a meeting to discuss it in detail.https://t.co/aenxAwE65K pic.twitter.com/dHIp4YU4yu
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) January 31, 2021
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) February 1, 2021
Looking forward to meeting with @POTUS this afternoon to discuss #COVID19 relief. Let's work together on a bipartisan agreement that provides targeted relief to the families and small businesses that need it the most.
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) February 1, 2021
— Shelley Moore Capito (@SenCapito) February 1, 2021