Third Stimulus Check: House Committee Approves COVID-19 Bill With $1,400 Payments

Carla Harmon
February 26, 2021

The Senate will also take up more of his nominees this week as he looks to fill out his Cabinet.

As for Democrats, they are confident that the Republican opposition to the stimulus bill will ultimately backfire. He'll need GOP votes, for example, to get Office of Management and Budget director nominee Neera Tanden confirmed.

Republican Senator Joni Ernst said, "Where's that money coming from?" On Friday, at a Pfizer plant in MI manufacturing vaccines, he made an impassioned case for the bill while pushing back on Republican critics who have said it is too big and too expensive. "What would they have me leave out?"

The House's draft of the proposal would provide $1,400 stimulus checks and $400 federal unemployment benefits through August, as well as gradually implement a $15 minimum wage.

But Democrats, including Biden, say that this bill will benefit the middle class. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have threatened to oppose the plan over the provision to raise the national minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Biden and his fellow Democrats want to pass the plan quickly to speed a new round of direct payments to US households as well as extend federal unemployment benefits and assist state and local governments.

An overall relief bill, including the minimum wage boost, is expected to clear the House, and likely the Senate as well.

"There has been a lot of attention paid to the $15 Washington mandate in this bill and whether Democrats will shred the reconciliation process in order to force it through", Smith said during the Budget Committee's markup.

While waiting on the parliamentarian's opinion, Democrats have been mulling a number of options to ensure that the minimum wage ultimately survives the rigmarole, such as capping the increase at less than $15 an hour and including a package of small business tax cuts to bolster its budget imprint.

CNET reports how, should the COVID-19 relief package pass through the House, it would be able to make its way to the Senate.

House Democrats have scheduled a final floor vote for Friday.

"I haven't seen a Republic yet that's found something in there that they agree with", said House Minority Leader. And Republicans' objections over the next week carry some risk, given the popularity of the legislation. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was first announced in early January and is set to be officially proposed in the House next week. The parliamentarian is involved because Democrats are pushing the overall $1.9 trillion measure through Congress under special rules that will let them avoid a Senate filibuster by Republicans.

The prospect of another pricey package is already raising concerns among some Republicans. GOP leaders were honing attacks on the package as a job killer that does too little to reopen schools or businesses shuttered for the pandemic and that was not only wasteful but also even unscrupulous.

"My hope is that the Republicans in Congress listen to their constituents", he said.

"I think the Democrats are going to support the president of the United States and the overwhelming majority of the American people want to pass this COVID emergency bill", Sanders told reporters on Monday.

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