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Biden hosts bipartisan meeting on infrastructure; Senate opens debate on coronavirus relief bill

President Biden speaks at a White House event on small businesses last month. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

President Biden hosted a bipartisan group of House members at the White House as he prepares to push a major infrastructure package, his next ambitious goal after the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation. The Senate plans to begin voting Thursday on the relief package, a process that could stretch into the weekend.

“I’ve been talking to a lot of my Republican friends in the House and the Senate and continue to do that,” Biden told reporters when asked about the coronavirus relief package. He added that he is comfortable with having to narrow eligibility for a new round of stimulus payments, a concession to moderate Senate Democrats as party leaders move to lock down support.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Capitol Police have requested a 60-day extension of the presence of some of the 5,200 National Guard members activated in Washington in response to security threats and the Jan. 6 assault on Congress, defense officials said.

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The Senate voted to open debate on Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, as Democrats moved forward with no GOP support after failing to win over a single Republican senator on the new president’s first major legislative initiative.
The House passed expansive legislation to create uniform national voting standards, overhaul campaign finance laws and outlaw partisan redistricting. It also passed a broad policing overhaul measure named for George Floyd, the 46-year-old Black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis.
The Capitol Police said they had information regarding a possible plot by a militant group to breach the Capitol on Thursday. But the threat did not materialize.
The commanding general of the D.C. National Guard told lawmakers that a lag in decision-making by his chain of command prevented him from more quickly sending forces to quell the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.


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