Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has reportedly been conducting private meetings with Democratic lawmakers to forestall any last-ditch developments that might jeopardise the passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
While privately voicing confidence that the bill can pass the Senate unimpeded, Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is hoping to avoid any last-minute changes, sources familiar with the talks are cited as revealing by Axios.
“Schumer [has] been privately meeting with members to get their input on the legislation to make sure it was included in the drafting,” a source was quoted as saying.
As the Senate Majority Leader met with a group of moderate Democratic Senators on Thursday, the latter reportedly made a case for some changes to the bill that presupposed redistributing funding, with increased financing for broadband and rural hospitals, as well as extending unemployment benefits beyond August.
“They have some ideas and we are going to check them out,” Schumer was quoted by Axios as saying.
On the question of whether the Democrats argued a need to lower the overall price tag of the relief package, Schumer refused to give any details…