WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The Biden administration
plans to discuss the need for economic stimulus with a group of
senators on Sunday, White House national economic council
director Brian Deese said on Friday, as it seeks to build
support for what it sees as a critical round of new coronavirus
"We're at a precarious moment for the virus and the
economy. Without decisive action, we risk falling into a very
serious economic hole, even more serious than the crisis we find
ourselves," Deese told reporters at a White House briefing.
Democratic President Joe Biden, who took office on
Wednesday, has proposed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package. But
some key moderate Republicans have said it is too soon to move
additional relief legislation following passage in December of a
$900 billion stimulus package.
The pandemic recession has hit Americans hard. Some 16
million are now receiving some type of unemployment benefit, and
an estimated 29 million dont have enough to eat. Women,
minorities and low-income service workers have been
disproportionately impacted, with Black and Hispanic workers
facing higher jobless rates than white workers.
(Reporting by Nandita Bose; Writing by Alexandra Alper;
Editing by Chris Reese and Andrea Ricci)