Biden urges Democrats and Republicans to back new COVID-19 relief bill

With millions of Americans in desperate need, President-elect Joe Biden implored Congress to come together and pass a badly needed COVID-19 relief bill.
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Transcript for Biden urges Democrats and Republicans to back new COVID-19 relief bill
Like president elect Joseph Biden's grim warning pushing for congress to approve that 900 billion dollar relief bill. And Mary Bruce asking the president elect as he talked to the top Republican leader in congress. To get this done. With millions of Americans in desperate need and the president focused instead on re fighting the election. Joseph Biden today stepping in to implore congress to come together. And pass a badly needed coded relief bill. Earlier today. The November jobs report was released. And. Whose group. But it doesn't have to stay that way. The president elect is urging Democrats and Republicans to back a new 900 billion dollar compromise calling it an urgent and critical first step. The folks I'm talking about the folks out there are looking for and out. They just need help out. Stern trouble through no fault of girl. The bill includes 300 dollars in weekly federal unemployment benefits for roughly four months 160. Billion dollars in state and local aid. And 280. Billion dollars to support small businesses. The cold light fell owns a small boutique in Portland Oregon she says she's already lost 350000. Dollars during the pandemic. Now she fears she may lose every. Thing for me my reality is. Like if we don't make it through that's like what will I but will I do next you know and how will I provide for make him money and for my kids. Tonight on Capitol Hill there is optimism but Biden describes the compromise as just a down payment. Saying he will push congress to do even more but this bill is already more than Republican leaders want to spend. What is this isn't a down payment what is this bill is it. I never store often can. I always thought we wouldn't give it time will get to. But it's been more than six months this fight has been going on what makes you so confident the U will be able to get Republicans to go date once you're in office. Well because the country's going to be in dire dire dire straights don't. Have you reached out leader McConnell of the two east of Kenya. Will be dire trouble if we don't care corporation I believe me. That's not a know leader McConnell office is also refusing to say if the two had talked. There Bruce with a slot tonight that was an interesting moment today Mary I know Americans know we're very polarized time when it comes to politics in this country but. They're gonna wonder what will president elect Biden and leader McConnell simply cannot say whether or not they talked. It might be assigned if there could be some bipartisan work moving forward. And president trump on that front did we hear from him at all today about this cove and relief plan. Well David we have not heard from trump yet on this today he just keeps tweeting about the election but he has put Republicans. In a bit of a box here they don't want to publicly break with the president and since he has yet to admit. And Biden won it really puts Republicans in a tricky position. As they may try to get to work with Biden. And his tool. David which likely explains what it won't say whether they've talked Mary Bruce tonight Mary thing.

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