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Romney, other GOP senators meet with Biden to discuss COVID-19 relief compromise

Mitt Romney
Posted at 10:36 PM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 20:34:41-05

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mitt Romney and nine other Republican senators met with President Joe Biden Monday to discuss COVID-19 relief.

Watch his comments following the meeting here:

On Sunday morning, the senators had proposed a compromise and requested a meeting with the president. Biden then invited them to a meeting at the White House. The senators accepted the invitation, and the meeting took place Monday afternoon.

“We appreciate the President’s quick response to our letter, and we are pleased to accept his invitation to the White House tomorrow afternoon to discuss the path forward for the sixth bipartisan COVID-19 relief package,” the 10 senators wrote in a joint statement.

Their proposal includes spending about 1/3 of what Biden is seeking in coronavirus aid, which they believe will garner more bipartisan support than the $1.9 trillion package currently being considered. However, the Associated Press reports that congressional Democrats are poised to move ahead without Republican support.

The other nine joining Romney are Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Todd Young (R-IN), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Thom Tillis (R-NC).