President-elect Joe Biden indicated on Tuesday that he will support further exemptions for COVID-19 in addition to allowing Congress to approve any aid package before the end of the year.
“Now the entire Congress needs to come together and deliver a comprehensive aid package to meet these urgent needs,” Biden told Delaware reporters. “But packages delivered during a lame-duck session are, at best, just the beginning.”
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Biden added that his transitional team was “already working” on the relief measures proposed at the next session of Congress. The Biden-Harris group has set up a task force to combat the coronavirus epidemic following its inauguration next month.
Negotiations on further COVID-19 exemption have been stalled in Congress for months. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California and other Democratic leaders are backing a multi-trillion-dollar package with support from state and local governments, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. lean ”package with targeted exemptions for businesses.
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Earlier on Tuesday, a bipartisan group of senators, including Senator Mitt Romney, Senator U-Utah and Joe Manchin, DW.Va., put forward a proposal for a $ 908 billion aid package that would provide support to local governments as well as responsibility to protect businesses recovering from the pandemic.
Legislators only have a few days to agree on further exemptions before Congress closes for the year.