WASHINGTON—President Biden indicated in a name with House Democrats that he was open to sending $1,400 funds to a smaller group of Americans within the subsequent spherical of coronavirus aid laws and altering the general price ticket of his $1.9 trillion plan, in accordance to individuals accustomed to the decision.

Mr. Biden informed House Democrats on Wednesday that he wouldn’t change the quantity of the proposed $1,400 funds, saying individuals had been promised that quantity, in accordance to the individuals.

Instead, he mentioned he would take into account concentrating on them in a different way than the earlier two rounds of direct assist to Americans. Members of each events have questioned whether or not the $1,400 funds he has proposed would go to individuals who don’t want the help.

“We can better target that number. I’m OK with that,” Mr. Biden mentioned, in accordance to the individuals.

Mr. Biden additionally mentioned he was versatile on the general value of the package deal, which Democrats have began advancing by way of Congress by way of a course of that may enable them to move it alongside social gathering strains, in accordance to one of many individuals accustomed to the decision. He mentioned Democrats might make “compromises” on a number of packages within the proposal, the individual mentioned.

WASHINGTON—President Biden indicated in a name with House Democrats that he was open to sending $1,400 funds to a smaller group of Americans within the subsequent spherical of coronavirus aid laws and altering the general price ticket of his $1.9 trillion plan, in accordance to individuals accustomed to the decision.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer talking to reporters Wednesday exterior the West Wing following a gathering with President Biden.



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White House press secretary

Jen Psaki

mentioned Wednesday that Mr. Biden is open to adjustments within the threshold for who would qualify for the $1,400 stimulus checks. “Further targeting means not the size of the check,” she mentioned. “It means the income level of people who receive the check, and that’s something that has been under discussion.”

Ms. Psaki mentioned Mr. Biden isn’t anticipating the ultimate package deal to look precisely like what he proposed. “He knows that that’s part of the legislative process,” she mentioned.

Speaking to reporters on the White House on Wednesday after a gathering with Mr. Biden, Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) mentioned: “We did have a conversation about the direct payments and how those might be modified in a way to ensure they’re targeted.” He added that Mr. Biden is “not going to forget the middle class.”

Mr. Biden later met with one other group of Democratic senators within the Oval Office on Wednesday. After the assembly, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer informed reporters it was a substantive dialogue and plenty of particulars of the package deal got here up.

“We want to do it bipartisan, but we must be strong,” Mr. Schumer mentioned. “We cannot dawdle, we cannot delay, we cannot dilute, because the troubles that this nation has and the opportunities that we can bring them are so large.”

The conferences are the most recent in a collection the brand new president has had with lawmakers. Mr. Biden hosted a bunch of 10 Senate Republicans on the White House on Monday to talk about their $618 billion various to his plan. He spoke with Senate Democrats on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to undertake a big package deal and calling the GOP plan too small.

Ten Republican senators have provided a roughly $618 billion coronavirus-relief plan to counter the $1.9 trillion stimulus invoice President Biden outlined after taking workplace. WSJ’s Gerald F. Seib explains the numerous variations between the 2 proposals. Photo illustration: Laura Kammermann

Write to Andrew Duehren at andrew.duehren@wsj.com and Eliza Collins at eliza.collins@wsj.com.

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