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White House Pushed by Bipartisan Lawmakers on Relief Plan’s Size

  • Economic adviser Brian Deese spoke with group of legislators
  • Senators asked justification for size of $1.9 trillion plan
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White House economic adviser Brian Deese was asked Sunday by Republican and Democratic lawmakers for justification for the $1.9 trillion price tag of the administration’s Covid-19 relief plan.

“Part of what we’re asking for is more data -- where did you get the number?” said Senator Angus King, a Democratically-aligned Maine independent who participated in Deese’s call. King was referring to the potential cost of the package’s components, versus the total price-tag.