Biden tightens $1,400 stimulus check income limits amid pressure from moderate Dems

Henrietta Strickland
March 3, 2021

Couples earning up to $150,000 will get the full amount but, as opposed to the House bill that zeroed out at $200,000, the Senate bill would cut off payments for couples earning $160,000 or more. A limit of $120,000 in income for the head of the household would also apply if passed.

"We must act now to prevent tens of millions of hardworking Americans from being underpaid any longer".

That means fewer families will receive a partial payment than would have under the original plan - completely cutting off those who earn more than $160,000 a year and individuals who earn more than $80,000 a year.

"It's an appropriate way of bringing this to a successful conclusion", Senator Michael Bennet told reporters. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) said.

Not every Democrat was on board with the proposed change. "And that's just what we're going to do". Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said.

"I think we're making a lot of headway", Mr. Wyden said. The Senate bill supported by Democrats does not include the minimum wage language.

A fundraising email by Our Revolution, a progressive political committee that was started by backers of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told reporters Tuesday he expected conversations to continue.

The bill also would provide billions of dollars to help pay for vaccine distribution and aid for local and state governments. The funding was removed after some Republican lawmakers had criticized it as an example of a wasteful spending item that should not be part of the COVID relief bill.

Both transit projects were removed from the bill Tuesday evening. Biden and Senate Democratic leaders are scrambling to keep their caucus united since they can't lose a single Democrat in the 50-50 Senate with Republicans united against the legislation. The House bill extends the benefits through August 29, but progressives like Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) have been fighting to extend them through September. Republicans upset with the relief package are expected to submit the majority of amendments as a stalling technique.

Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat, said they didn't discuss more narrowly targeting the bill with the president.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he hopes to have unified opposition within his party, as was the case with House Republicans last week.

Before the legislation comes to a final vote, Democrats will have to sort out a welter of competing ideas as they seek to advance the bill.

"The politician standing in the way of change is Vice President Kamala Harris", said the email, citing the possibility - already rejected by the White House - of her casting a tie-breaking Senate vote to overrule the parliamentarian.

"I expect a hearty debate". "But the American people are overwhelmingly in support of this legislation".

However, the House will have to agree to the Senate's version of the bill before it can be sent to Biden to be signed into law.

Getting checks to Americans as fast as possible has been a priority for Biden in his opening weeks as president.

The Senate can not simply pass the House bill.

The chamber's nonpartisan parliamentarian said last week that including that increase violated Senate budget rules.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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