WATCH: White House press secretary Jen Psaki urges Republicans to reach deal on COVID funding

A day after Republicans blocked debate on a $10 billion COVID-19 compromise bill, White House press secretary Jen Psaki underscored “COVID is not over,” and urged Republicans to stop “playing politics” and reach a deal on a funding bill.

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Republicans are looking to entangle the bipartisan COVID package with an election-year fight over immigration restrictions, insisting they will withhold their support for the measure unless Democrats agreed to votes on an amendment preventing President Joe Biden from lifting Trump-era curbs on migrants entering the U.S.

Speaking at the briefing Wednesday, Psaki warned, “the virus is not waiting for Republicans in Congress to get their act together. We know BA.2 is here.”

“We know that it is more transmissible. We know that it is leading to increased cases and we know we’re already seeing an impact on our resources,” she said.

Psaki said the White House would continue to work with Congress to find a compromise because “the president knows that we can’t afford inaction in this moment.”

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Psaki also addressed the latest round of sanctions targeting Russia in retaliation for “war crimes” in Ukraine.

The U.S. blocked two key Russian banks and also sanctioned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two adult daughters.

Psaki said Putin and Russian oligarchs have displayed “a pattern over time” showing that they stash assets in the bank accounts of their family members.

“This was an effort to get at those assets, and that’s why they were sanctioned,” Psaki said.

Asked what President Joe Biden meant earlier in the day when he told union workers, “‘if I’ve got to go to war, I’m going with you guys,” the press secretary said there is no change in U.S. policy.

“He has no intention of sending troops to the ground or fighting a war between with the U.S. forces against Russia. That was a reflection of his lifelong love for labor unions and members of labor unions,” she said.