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After using Monday’s press briefing to lobby and advocate for the Biden administration to ditch working with Senate Republicans on a bipartisan COVID relief bill, the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) showed off their efforts during their evening newscasts. They also used the opportunity to attack the GOP’s relief bill as unserious and an attempt to “test” President Biden’s calls for unity, and even suggest they didn’t want to help struggling Americans.
“Let’s turn to the battle over COVID relief and President Biden's meeting today with Republican senators who want a far smaller package,” chided NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. And without noting the similarities, White House correspondent Geoff Bennett decried the GOP’s proposal. “The GOP plan leaves out a minimum wage boost the President includes, and whittles down his $1,400 direct payments to Americans to $1,000,” he told viewers.
Bennett proudly showed off his question to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, casting doubt on the seriousness of the GOP.