Biden calls on Republican senators as stimulus hits roadblocks

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(Bloomberg) – President Joe Biden personally reaches out to Republican lawmakers amid a cool party reception for his $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package.

Maine Senator Susan Collins spoke with Biden on Tuesday, telling reporters on Thursday: “It was a very friendly call. I’ve known him for years. Ohio Senator Rob Portman also spoke with Biden this week, NBC News reported Thursday.

Gaining bipartisan support for the stimulus – Biden’s stated goal – would allow the plan to pass through Congress more quickly. Democrats in Congress are also preparing to go through a process called budget reconciliation on their own, which would take longer and potentially remove some elements from consideration.

Democrats are signaling they will move forward with reconciliation next week, and Republicans say that will hamper any attempt to make a bipartisan bill.

“It’s definitely not helpful,” Collins said.

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