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White House holding call with senators to drum up bipartisan support for Covid-19 relief package

January 24, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Joe Biden's top economic official is holding a call with a group of senators Sunday afternoon to discuss a Covid-19 relief package, two sources familiar with the plans told CNN, as the White House pushes for bipartisan support of the proposal.

(CNN)President Joe Biden's top economic official is holding a call with a group of senators Sunday afternoon to discuss a Covid-19 relief package, two sources familiar with the plans told CNN, as the White House pushes for bipartisan support of the proposal.

Pressed earlier Sunday on whether the President will hold out for bipartisanship agreement to pass the package amid growing reports of Republican unease, White House chief of staff Ron Klain said the administration does want to see the proposal passed quickly, but that engaging both sides is not the "enemy" of speed.

"We're going to use reconciliation -- that is 50 votes in the Senate, plus the vice president -- to pass legislation desperately needed by working families in this country right now," he said, shrugging off the possibility of Republicans not supporting the package.

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