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Top Biden advisers tell staff there's 'no room for complacency' as Covid relief bill nears completion

March 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: The setting sun illuminates the American flag flying over the White House the evening after the passage of the American Rescue Plan in the U.S. Senate at the White House on March 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. The American Rescue Plan passed in the Senate with a vote of 50-49 and now goes back to the House of Representatives where it is expected that they will vote to approve of the changes made in the Senate. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

The message to White House senior staff as President Joe Biden's cornerstone legislative proposal nears completion is simple, if blunt: there is "absolutely no room for complacency."

(CNN)The message to White House senior staff as President Joe Biden's cornerstone legislative proposal nears completion is simple, if blunt: there is "absolutely no room for complacency. "

A two-page memo, drafted by White House senior adviser Anita Dunn and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese and obtained by CNN, hails the work that has been done to put the $1. 9 trillion Covid relief package on the verge of becoming law after the Senate passed the measure Saturday.

It represents a significant victory for a White House still in its opening weeks -- a far-ranging proposal designed to address the dual economic and public health crises Biden faced from his fist moments in the Oval Office.

"The President laid out his vision for how we can address the twin crises we are facing in a speech before he even took office," Deese and Dunn write.

From stimulus checks and an unprecedented expansion of the child and earned income tax credits, to crucial extensions of emergency unemployment programs and hundreds of billions for schools, vaccine distribution, rental and housing assistance and child care, the proposal largely mirrors what Biden first proposed six days before he took office.

"In total, the Rescue Plan represents a historic response to the moment of crisis we face, and will make a real difference in the lives of regular Americans by creating jobs, providing economic relief, and defeating this virus," Dunn and Deese write.

But the legislative process, with a slim majority in the House and no margin for error in the Senate, provided a first glimpse at the delicate balancing act Biden will face in the month ahead as the administration moves onto its other agenda items.

They also nod to what Biden has stated is likely coming next -- a second significant package the White House has termed the "recovery" legislation designed to follow its initial, if massive, relief bill.

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