White House economist rejects GOP senators’ push for $1,000 stimulus checks instead of $1,400

White House economist rejects GOP senators’ push for $1,000 stimulus checks instead of $1,400

Tom Porter 6 hours ago

Jared Bernstein
Jared Bernstein at The Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 1. 
  • A White House advisor says he thinks Joe Biden will deny GOP requests for smaller relief checks.
  • Biden is seeking $1,400 payments in his COVID-19 relief plan, but Republicans want $1,000 checks.
  • Democrats are preparing to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan without GOP support if necessary. 
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A White House economist on Monday night knocked back a Republican proposal for relief payments of $1,000, characterizing it as too little to satisfy President Joe Biden.

Jared Bernstein, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, said Biden would want more than the offer from 10 Republican senators. Biden is pushing for $1,400 payments.

Speaking with the MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, Bernstein discussed Biden’s Monday-evening meeting with the group of moderate GOP senators seeking to broker a bipartisan stimulus deal.

Bernstein highlighted differences between the parties, with the size of direct payments one of the issues.

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