White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, bottom left, speaks with reporters outside the White House, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A screener registers residents of the William Reid Apartments at a COVID-19 pop-up vaccination site at the NYCHA housing complex, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)

WASHINGTON — Top aides to President Joe Biden on Sunday began talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as Biden faces increasing headwinds in his effort to win bipartisan backing for the initial legislative effort of his presidency.