The Maine lawmaker added that lawmakers need to reconvene and craft a “reasonable” bipartisan package.
“The administration clearly is very eager to move very quickly. And we want to make sure that there is justification, especially since there’s so much money remaining from the previous packages,” she added.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) also affirmed that the search for more “targeted assistance” remained a concern across the board.
“That was a general issue that was expressed around a number of things: The more targeted the assistance can be where it’s needed most, the more helpful,” Shaheen said.
As Politico reported:
The senators agreed, however, that vaccine distribution should be the priority over provisions like the $15 minimum wage, which cannot get the support of 10 Republicans. For now, the Biden administration is pursuing a bill through regular order rather than budget reconciliation, which can be used to evade a filibuster. But even some Democrats indicated they are not sold on the Biden package.
Biden’s $1.9 trillion measure, which he unveiled this month, has come under fire from more progressive members of his caucus, particularly because it offers $1,400 stimulus checks rather than $2,000. However, Biden’s team contends that the president is keeping his word for $2,000 in relief when combining the $1,400 with the $600 checks distributed via the $2.3 trillion government spending and coronavirus relief measure former President Donald Trump signed last month. Some Democrat lawmakers, including Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Ro Khanna (D-CA), believe that $2,000 checks should be recurring, at least for the time being.
Democrats expect to fail on delivering a relief measure to Biden’s desk until March, Punchbowl News founder Jake Sherman reported last week.