Biden says caving on $1400 checks would break a promise

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President Joe Biden signed three executive orders on Tuesday to roll back Trump-era regulations restricting legal immigration and to reunite families separated at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Carper noted that the focus was on getting people vaccinated and "to put the coronavirus in the rearview mirror".

President Joe Biden encouraged Democratic lawmakers Wednesday to "act fast" on his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan but also signaled he's open to changes, including limiting the proposed $1,400 direct payments to Americans with lower income levels, which could draw Republican support.

Biden held a conference call with House of Representatives Democrats and talked with Democratic senators at the White House as the party prepared to use a procedural maneuver to push Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package through without Republican votes if necessary.

"We can not afford to slow down our response to these urgent crises while Republicans decide if they want to help or not", said House Budget Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.). Stephen Miller, a top architect of Mr. Trump's policies, said Sunday on Fox News Channel that Mr. Biden's actions amount to the "end of all immigration enforcement in the United States of America".

During and after the meeting, the Democrats insisted a bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill would be possible.

"I think we'll get some Republicans", Biden said.

The meeting with House Democrats comes as the president steps up his public engagements with lawmakers on pandemic aid and an economic recovery package, together his first legislative priority and a test of the administration's ability to deliver. "I've been there when they've shut us out".

On the direct payments, he said, "I'm not going to start my administration by breaking a promise to the American people".

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Karl asked Jean-Pierre if the White House was working on a policy addressing the Biden family and potential business dealings with the government, citing concerns about the president's brother touting his family name for business gain.

The other two orders give the Biden admin the green light to probe Trump's immigration policies that imposed limitations on asylum, halted funding to foreign countries, presented more obstacles to obtain green cards or receive naturalization, and reduced legal immigration into the country. "You know that that's just - is not going to happen".

Psaki stressed that the Biden administration aims to "repair the damage and the horrific actions of the prior administration" regarding immigration policies, especially the crisis that unfolded under Trump's family separation policy.

Francis "Frank" Biden, the President's brother, was hired as a non-attorney, senior adviser for Berman Law Group, a Boca Raton law firm in 2018.

During the interview, Jean-Pierre and Karl also talked about the inauguration and compared the first days of Biden's term with the beginning of former President Donald Trump's presidency.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the president fully recognizes the final package may look different than the one he initially proposed.

"At 12:01 we walked into the White House and we got to work", she said.

"And we need to rebuild that trust in government", added Jill Biden, who joined her husband for the interview in the magazine's February 15 issue, hitting newsstands nationwide on Friday, days before Trump's impeachment trial is set to open in the Senate.

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