Fewer people will get $1,400 payments under new Senate deal

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According to NBC News, the new version of the plan eliminates stimulus checks for individuals making between $80,000 and $100,000, and couples earning between $160,000 and $200,000. Those filing as a head of household who make less than $112,500 will get the full amount, phasing out at $120,000. Starting at $75,000 and going up to $80,000 for an individual, the check amount will decrease from $1,400. He's often spoken out about the need for people to receive the $1,400 checks after getting just $600 in the last round of stimulus passed in 2020.

Senate Democrats have concerns about some key provisions in the House-passed bill, such as unemployment benefits and direct checks, but they said they need to deliver for the American people and for Mr. "It was more just to hear from President Biden telling us how important it is that we get this done".

Democrats are likely to need every vote, including from moderates such as Mr. Manchin, to get the package across the finish line in the Senate.

President Biden first proposed the $1.9 trillion relief package last month, including $400 in weekly unemployment benefits; $70 billion towards vaccination centers and Covid-19 testing; $130 billion to help schools reopen safely; $15 billion in small business grants; $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local and territorial governments; reinstating paid sick leave; and $15 billion to help states subsidize child care for low-income families along with a $25 billion fund to help child care centers in danger of closing. Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough advised last week that because Democrats are using a special budget reconciliation process to move the bill quickly without Republican support, they can not include policy changes, such as raising the national minimum wage. Several were also eyeing changing the structure of federal unemployment benefits in the bill, to keep them at $300 - their current level - rather than raise them to $400 as proposed by Biden and passed by the House.

Senate Democratic leaders are set to move the bill forward this week but are continuing to finalize the text.

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"We will be fighting this in every way that we can", Mr. McConnell said.

After that comes a vote on the final Senate passage of the bill, expected sometime Friday or Saturday. Democrats hope to have the bill in front of Biden to sign by March 14.

A fundraising email by Our Revolution, a progressive political committee that was started by backers of Sen. Democrats likely have the votes to reject them. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., underscored the left's anger. 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. The House would then have to sign off on the changes before Congress could send it on to Biden to sign into law. The party can't afford to lose the support of even a single Senate Democrat, as it needs all 50 members to pass the measure using a procedural tool known as budget reconciliation.

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

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