While Pelosi and the Trump administration continue negotiating, Senate Republicans have so far refused to offer meaningful assistance to millions of Americans.
Since leaving the hospital, President Trump has delivered rambling interviews, incoherent tweets, and called for imprisoning political enemies. His behavior is raising alarms in the halls of Congress.
House Democrats have a $2.2 trillion aid package that still includes enhanced $600 per week unemployment benefit.
After two months of inaction, Senate Republicans on Monday finally released their own proposal, a roughly $1 trillion package that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called “pathetic.”
After House Democrats powered through a massive $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill last week, the Senate plans to instead focus on judicial nominations.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said there’s no “urgency” to pass another bill and that Republicans are “assessing what we’ve done already.”
The twin announcements from highlight Biden's effort to avoid a repeat of the 2016 presidential election, when tensions between establishment Democrats and the party's progressive flank hobbled Hillary Clinton in her loss to President Donald Trump.