Fox reporter Trace Gallagher asks senator if he will “get some of the fat out” of the COVID relief bill

Gallagher: “The question is, this 1.9 trillion package, can you whittle it down?”

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Citation From the January 26, 2021, edition of Fox News' The Story with Martha MacCallum

TRACE GALLAGHER (HOST): There's a lot of worry that this feeling among Republicans that, you know what? The new process here is just to label these -- these welfare package things as tax breaks or as stimulus and then you just push them through with 51 votes. 

SEN. BILL CASSIDY (GUEST): Yeah, and I think that it's significant that Democrats are criticizing this process. It isn't just Republicans saying, "Wait a second." I mean, like, give us some justification. Democrats are saying give us justification as well. So, if they really want bipartisan or even one party to help them, they need to come forward with a justification to say why they're doing stuff, as opposed to present it, take it, leave it, shove it through. 

GALLAGHER: But can you stop them from taking it, leaving it, and shoving it through? I mean, you know, it's gonna be a very tough battle. And the question is, this 1.9 trillion package, can you whittle it down, can you get some of the fat out of there or is that a foregone conclusion? 

CASSIDY: We don't know that. We don't know if the president really meant that he wished to work with Congress and wishes to have unity or if that was just kind of window dressing on an agenda, which, by the way, they're going to get no matter what.