Nancy Pelosi Says Democrats Keeping All Options Open to Get Stimulus Done

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has insisted Democrats are weighing up all options to get President Joe Biden's stimulus package through Congress.

Biden outlined his $1.9 trillion plan earlier this month, including measures such as a further round of direct payments worth up to $1,400 per eligible individual.

GOP lawmakers have long been skeptical of such levels of spending, and Senate Republicans have questioned this proposed outlay.

Pelosi is hoping for Republican support to get the legislation through, but has not ruled out methods of pushing it forward without their support—such as reconciliation.

"On the legislative front, we are grateful to our Committee Chairs, who are working on coronavirus relief legislation as a basis for reconciliation, should that step be needed," she said in a letter to her Democratic congressional colleagues.

"We hope and expect Republicans in Congress will support assistance that will bring relief to their communities.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer previously alluded to reconciliation potentially being a route Democrats could go down, similarly promising to keep "all our options on the table."

"In keeping our options open on our caucus call today I informed senators to be prepared that a vote on a budget resolution could come as early as next week," he said in a call to Democratic senators earlier this week.

This would require Democrats to get only a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate to pass the legislation—as opposed to 60 votes normally required.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who caucuses with the Democrats, has previously suggested reconciliation be used to get the relief measures through the Senate.

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have been in contact directly with lawmakers to discuss the proposals.

White House Press Secretary Jan Psaki told reporters on Wednesday at a press briefing: "The president and vice president are engaging directly with members and have had a number of productive conversations that will continue and pick up in the days ahead."

While some Democratic lawmakers have hinted at reconciliation to push the measures through, Biden has spoken of wanting to pass legislation in a bipartisan manner.

Newsweek has contacted the offices of Pelosi and Schumer for further comment.

The last relief package passed in December, with a topline of around $900 billion.

It included stimulus checks of up to $600 per individual. However, Democrats had pushed for this to be $2,000, with Biden's proposals looking to top the payments up to that amount with the $1,400 payments.

Prior to the last measures passing, it had been some nine months since Congress had passed a package—with the $2.2 trillion CARES Act having been agreed in March.

A major reason behind the delay was a split between Democrats and Republicans on how soon fresh action should be taken, then on how much should be spent.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her first weekly news conference under the new Biden administration on January 21, 2021 in Washington, D.C. She has said Democrats are keeping their options open when it comes to passing new stimulus measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images