New Changes To Stimulus Bill Mean Millions Won't Get $1,400 Check

Ross Houston
March 4, 2021

Individuals earning less than $75,000 and couples earning less than $150,000 will - just as in the House bill.

The decision is a major concession to moderates as party leaders prepared to move their legislation through the Senate. With a 50-50 party split, they will need the support of the entire caucus. Their analysis found 297 million adults and children would benefit under the bill passed in the House, but only 280 million people would in the Senate version of the bill. Under the House plan, individuals making up to $100,000 per year and couples making up to $200,000 per year would receive a partial payment less than $1,400 per person, scaled down depending on income.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday that Biden is "comfortable" with where negotiations stand on the bill.

The House version of the relief checks would cost $422 billion, making them the package's single most expensive item.

The Senate bill also includes $400 per week in supplemental unemployment insurance benefits, which are set to expire on March 14.

Under Senate Democrats' newly adopted framework, individuals earning $75,000 per year or less and married couples earning $150,000 or less-based on either 2019 or 2020 income-would still receive full $1,400 payments, but the checks would phase out more quickly for people whose earnings exceed those thresholds. "But let me be very clear: If we fail in this legislation, I will be back. We need to get this done".

Most amendments are expected to be offered by Republicans seeking to make the process politically painful for Democrats, but Senator Bernie Sanders has said he will introduce an amendment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Yet asked if the change could threaten the overall bill, Pocan said, "Let's hope they don't screw too many things up".

The bill seeks to "to expand Americans' access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the objective of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes".

"Democrats had a choice", McConnell said. "They chose to go it alone, tack to the left and leave families" top priorities on the cutting-room floor". "This is an American wish list. That's what the American people want".

Senate Democrats were removing $1.5 million for a bridge between NY state and Canada and around $140 million for a rapid transit project south of San Francisco after Republicans cast both as pet projects f or Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Among the 10 senators signing the letter were five former Democratic presidential candidates - Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Michael Bennet of Colorado, and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, now the Senate Budget Committee chair - as well as Senate Banking Committee Chair Sherrod Brown of OH and Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden of Oregon.

Democrats are using special rules that will let them avoid GOP filibusters that would require them to garner an impossible 60 votes to approve the legislation.

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