Biden and senior administration officials plan to continue trying to sell the public on the benefits of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan after it passes, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday, adding that the effort will include some travel by the president. A planned final House vote slated for Wednesday would send the measure to Biden’s desk.
Here’s what to know:
- Biden’s signature will not appear on coronavirus relief checks that will be distributed to millions of Americans, the White House said. “This is not about him,” Psaki said. “This is about the American people getting relief.”
- Biden took a jab at the Trump administration’s handling of a pandemic-era business loan program, saying a lot of money went to larger companies that “weren’t supposed to qualify.” His comments came during a visit to W.S. Jenks & Son, a D.C. hardware store.
- A review of security at the U.S. Capitol commissioned after the Jan. 6 riot found that Capitol Police are too “understaffed, insufficiently equipped, and inadequately trained” — and woefully lacking in intelligence capabilities — to protect Congress from a future attack.
- The Republican National Committee is moving part of its spring donor retreat next month to former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club from a nearby hotel. A dinner event at the Florida property will be headlined by the former president, according to Republicans involved in the planning.