Senate lowers income threshold for stimulus checks, prepares to vote on $ 1.9 trillion COVID bill
The Senate came to an agreement with President Joe Biden that lower income limits required to receive a coronavirus stimulus check for $ 1,400.
The Hill reports that the new levels will be $ 75,000 per year for individuals and $ 150,000 for couples. This is a reduction from levels in the House version of the bill, which set income thresholds at $ 100,000 for individuals and $ 200,000 for couples.
The invoice keeps the supplement in place $ 400 per week in unemployment benefits until August.
Sen Joe Manchin (D-WV) had attempted to reduce the additional weekly payments to $ 300 per week.
Senate Senators and President Biden settled a last-minute debate on Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, choosing to keep federal unemployment benefits at $ 400 a week, but eliminate $ 1,400 stimulus checks faster https://t.co/8cW7GHH5sx
– POLICY (@politics) March 3, 2021
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Democratic reactions to the agreement
While Senator Manchin did not get the unemployment cuts, he says he approve changes. “It will be a good package that will help a lot of people. And it’s targeted. The bottom line is that it targets people in need. “
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was positive about the deal. “We’re interested in seeing the full package when it’s completed. So far, so good.”
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House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on Republicans in the Senate for calling President Biden’s legislation a “liberal wish list.”
“It’s an American wish list. When people want checks to help them get out of the quagmire, it is not a Liberal wish list. This is what the Americans want. Schumer promoted the two-party system of the bill by referring to the provisions of the bill put in place by Republicans like Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and moderate Democrats like Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
There may still be a senator throwing a wrench in the works.
According to CNN, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) plans to introduce an amendment that would raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. The salary increase has already been canceled by the parliamentarian of the Senate for violating the rules of budget reconciliation.
Some Democrats have a feeling Sanders will cause a bit of conflict.
A Democratic aide said that “Sanders created the toughest vote for Democrats.”
This week, as part of the conciliation bill, I will be proposing an amendment to increase the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour.
– Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 2, 2021
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With the passage of the $ 1.9 trillion package very likely, GOP leaders are urging all Republicans to vote against it unanimously. With so much opposition, this could be a painful time for Democrats.
A separate Politico report reveals that the Senate Republicans are considering the opportunity to engage in an “vote-a-rama” of unlimited amendments, in an effort to get Democrats on the record for the bill’s individual provisions.
“I hope for infinity. There are people who are talking about setting up a schedule and making it go on indefinitely, ”said Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).
CNN report says several GOP members and helpers say the plan is to try to “get some Democratic members off the ground on a few key amendment votes to demonstrate the differences between the Democratic ranks, as well as create campaign-friendly moments that can be turned into political ads later.” ”
Senate Democrats are set to pass Biden’s $ 1.9 billion stimulus bill, with GOP leaders urging their members to vote against it unanimously. But Republicans are still debating the pain of doing things for Democrats. https://t.co/h4pq2h4PWe pic.twitter.com/taUbtvDjnE
– POLICY (@politics) March 3, 2021
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A usual suspect and a little honesty
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) says she is not yet a definitive “no” on the package: “I can’t stand that after everything we’ve spent in the last year, we’re looking at $ 1.9 trillion, much of which is not specifically focused on Covid relief. But I come from a state where people say we need help Lisa. And we want to know how you can. “
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) seemed almost resigned to the gigantic spending bill in which only a small portion actually goes to COVID-19 issues, but also offered a brutally honest assessment GOP plans.
“It’s all about TV commercials. make people accountable for their votes. There isn’t much they can do if they are determined to stick together, there is nothing we can do to change the outcome. If they really want to do this, they probably can do it, ”said Cornyn.
A new report from CNN says Senate Republicans plan to force a full reading of the bill which could take 10 hours. Senator Paul can make his wish come true.
Senate Republicans plan to force full reading of Covid relief bill – and it could take 10 hours https://t.co/075T8CkYDM
– CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 3, 2021
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