Biden signs orders to tackle Trump-era migrant family separations

President Joe Biden pays his respects to U.S. Capitol officer Brian D. Sicknick as he lies in honor in the U.S. Capitol

In contrast, the Biden administration is backing a larger relief bill with a cost of some $1.9 trillion.

The vote comes one day after Biden met with 10 Republican senators who were hoping Biden would consider a much smaller, more targeted proposal.

White House press security Jen Psaki defended that decision.

"The President remains hopeful that we can have bipartisan support moving forward", he said in a statement.

Biden said over four million foreign-born individuals live in the USA and millions more Americans have immigrants in their families or ancestry.

Alejandra Gomez, the co-executive director of grassroots organisation Living United for Change, said: "The expectation is that this administration take bold, decisive action by swiftly reversing policies".

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Tuesday committed to bipartisan work on a COVID-19 relief package as Democrats and Republicans disagree over what to include in legislation and how it should be passed.

"We're going to run this like the Obama-Biden administration", Biden told People on Wednesday in his first interview since his inauguration.

White House officials have previously cited the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as evidence of broad support for their plan, but the nation's most prominent business group issued a letter Tuesday that urged a bipartisan compromise.

Watch Biden sign the executive orders in the player above. Biden's plan sees it increased and extended through September.

The parts of Biden's agenda that received the least support include halting construction on the border wall, which was supported by 45% of respondents but opposed by 42%, and ending the travel ban on those from Muslim-majority countries, which was supported by 42% of respondents but opposed by 35%.

The Democrats' proposal calls for another round of stimulus checks, another round of unemployment benefits, and $350 billion in bailout money for state and local governments that say they face their own budget squeeze.

It's worth noting that couples who make between $80,000 and $100,000 per year would not receive a full-stimulus under the Republican proposal. Democrats are seeking $1,400 payments, while Republicans are proposing $1,000 payments that would be targeted to low-income households.

Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour was backed by 58% of respondents, while 31% were opposed.

But both Biden and Yellen recalled the lessons of the government response to the 2009 financial crisis, which some have since said was inadequate as conditions worsened.

The 50-49 vote on advancing the package kicks off the budget-reconciliation process in the Senate. Biden said he told the Republicans their offer was "way too small", Schumer said. Vice President Kamala Harris is the tie-breaker.

The two leaders want to have a final vote on the budget by the end of the week, before the Senate gets bogged down in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

The task force, to be chaired by the secretary of homeland security, will determine, case by case, what the best process and approach is for reuniting them with their family members, she said. The House is poised to launch a similar process. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.



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