Biden, Senators Agree to Lower Cutoff for Relief Checks

President Joe Biden listens on Monday during a virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington D.C

President Joe Biden listens on Monday during a virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington D.C

"It's his centerpiece of his administration. It's his demonstration to the American people that he heard them loud and clear as he was campaigning across America".

It is, to say the least, demoralizing, and while I'd like to think that the lack of direct payments to those earning over those income thresholds might be offset by writing off student debt, it seems more and more likely, unfortunately, that Manchin and Sinema will block those efforts, too.

The senators suggested that keeping the benefits at a higher level could discourage laid-off workers from returning to jobs, just as more states loosen coronavirus-related business restrictions.

"We have a responsibility to show people in this country what a Democratic majority can do for working people", Ocasio-Cortez added. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden and Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions Committee Chair Patty Murray will join Sanders in offering the amendment.

"I think it's an appropriate way of bringing this to a successful conclusion", Sen. "[It] makes no sense to have another unemployment cliff in August because senators are going to be gone".

Democrats are rushing to pass the economic aid bill before the latest round of pandemic-related unemployment access expires March 14 for up to 10 million Americans. Biden's desk without Republican support.

This allows for Democrats to pass the bill without any Republican support, as they have 50 members and the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris. Senator Joe Manchin is one who has been pushing to further target the stimulus checks. And in just the past hour or so, we learned a little bit more about what the Senate version of this bill is going to look like.

Under the House-passed bill, individuals making up to $75,000 per year and couples making up to $150,000 per year are eligible for the full $1,400-per-person benefit.

The House bill called for income limits for individuals making $100,000 and couples earning $200,000 in order to receive a check for up to $1,400.

Biden says Mexico an 'equal' as he dismantles Trump immigration policies
Biden and Lopez Obrador last spoke by phone on January 23, primarily about migration and the COVID-19 pandemic. Lopez Obrador estimated Saturday that the USA economy would need 600,000 to 800,000 migrant workers a year.

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

Brian Beutler, editor-in-chief of Crooked Media, called the eligibility rollback "an absurd, stupid decision", echoing Ocasio-Cortez's concern about the possible political consequences of millions of people being denied direct relief payments under Biden and a Democratic Congress after receiving checks under Trump.

Unlike the last vote-a-rama where amendment votes didn't have the power of law, the vote-a-rama ahead will be a real opportunity to change the underlying bill.

"Joe's put in a hard position because he's got people beating on him all over the board", he said. Even though we're in reconciliation, let it work. "And I appreciate that". An agreement with moderate Democrats in the Senate paves the way to approval in the upper chamber.

"We will be fighting this in every way that we can", Mr. McConnell said. "This is a wildly expensive proposal, largely unrelated to the problem".

The recurring payments have been a priority for progressives for almost a year, but were not included in the House relief bill approved Saturday.

The other most notable change from the House version will be removing language to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Rather, they want Biden to include it in a broad economic development package he hopes to pass later this year.

Now whatever the Senate changes to the bill, the House is going to have to take it up again. She said the $400 level for unemployment benefits was itself a compromise from $600. "He's always said he's open to good ideas". "And as the pandemic has gotten worse and worse, people have less and less that they can draw".

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