President Biden issues more Executive Orders, takes further action to address the COVID-19 crisis; Senators Collins and King, and Rep. Golden meet with new Administration on proposed stimulus package; Rep. Pingree to Chair Appropriations Subcommittee
Since taking office last Wednesday, President Biden has issued dozens of Executive Orders. In addition to the orders outlined in Impact last week, the President has taken further actions aimed at fighting COVID-19.
More presidential actions include:
Both of Maine’s U.S. Senators, Susan Collins and Angus King, and other members of the Common Sense Coalition led by Sen. Collins and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), met last weekend with the President’s economic advisors regarding Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package. According to news reports, lawmakers indicated broad support for spending on COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution. Sen. Collins was quoted in a Washington Post article published in the Press Herald saying, “There are still a lot of unanswered questions, most notably, how did the administration come up with $1.9 trillion required, given that our figures show that there’s still about $1.8 trillion left to be spent. We hope to get more data documenting the need from them.” Collins also indicated support for targeted stimulus payments for “lower-income workers and small businesses in the hospitality industry,” who “have been devastated.” In the same article, Sen. King said, “I think it’s important to note that call happened, that this was a genuine, open discussion between top White House staff and a dozen or so senators to try to establish how we move forward on a COVID relief package,” adding, “This isn’t Monopoly money. Every dollar that we’re talking about here is being borrowed from our grandchildren. We have a responsibility to be stewards.”
Maine’s First District Representative to the U.S. House, Chellie Pingree, has been elected chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. The Press Herald reports the subcommittee, “holds the purse strings for a wide swath of federal environmental, land use, arts, and tribal affairs agencies and programs.”
Maine’s Second District Congressman Jared Golden and members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus also met with the White House economic policy team via conference call on further COVID-19 relief legislation. Rep. Golden indicated in a statement following the meeting that, “Many of us urged the White House to do the hard work of building support for a targeted, bipartisan COVID package. It is clear that in the House and the Senate, there are members from both parties who understand the pressing need to take further action, which is why I think any talk of budget reconciliation as a tool at this stage is off the mark. Our bipartisan group is committed to showing the American people that their government can deliver the results necessary to overcome the COVID crisis, and we know that getting this job done is going to require the commitment and hard work of members of both parties.”
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