Senate bill will narrow income eligibility for $1,400 stimulus checks

Image Reuters US President Joe Biden speaks about the Biden administration's coronavirus disease pandemic response

Image Reuters US President Joe Biden speaks about the Biden administration's coronavirus disease pandemic response

Biden has endorsed the proposal for quicker phaseouts for the $1,400 stimulus checks to prevent people who earn higher incomes from getting a third direct payment, two Democratic aides told Insider on Wednesday.

"We'll have the votes we need to pass the bill", he said after a Senate Democratic caucus meeting, which Biden phoned into to discuss the legislation.

The dealmaking Wednesday underscored the balancing act Democrats face as they try squeezing the massive relief measure through the evenly divided, 50-50 Senate.

Democrats have no choice but to broker compromises among themselves, thanks to their mere 10-vote House margin and a Senate they control only with Vice President Kamala Harris' tie-breaking vote.

"He's pleased with the progress that is being made with the rescue plan", White House press secretary Jen Psaki said of Biden, reflecting the flexibility he and all Democrats will need to prevail. "He's always said he's open to good ideas".

So far, Republicans have presented a unified front against the bill. "And that's what we are working to do", Schumer told reporters on Tuesday.

A provision raising the minimum wage was included in the initial relief bill, but the Senate parliamentarian ruled last week it could not be included under the "Byrd rule", which requires provisions included in a bill passed through reconciliation be budget-related.

Democrats aim to get it to Biden to sign into law before March 14, when some current benefits expire.

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"It doesn't matter what is in the bill", Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday. James Lankford, R-Okla., describing GOP plans to force votes.

The House approved the relief bill on Saturday with higher eligibility caps for individuals and couples, maintaining the same income thresholds from earlier pandemic aid packages.

Like the previous rounds of relief payments, the full amount of the checks or direct deposits would go to single taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes of up to $75,000, heads of household earning up to $112,500 and married couples filing joint tax returns who earn up to $150,000 in income. Roughly 85% of USA adults would be eligible for the full amount, based on your income from your most recent tax return, but the Biden-backed change to income limits means fewer would qualify for a partial payment.

Stimulus check eligibility emerged as a major point of contention between different ideological factions of the Democratic Party.

Yet asked if the change could threaten the overall bill, Pocan said, "Let's hope they don't screw too many things up". "We'll have the votes we need to pass the bill".

Liberals were already angry after Senate Democrats jettisoned the House bill's minimum wage increase to $15 by 2025. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., said they'd oppose its inclusion, sealing its fate. Senators can offer as many amendments as they want. "Only 9% of this $1.9 trillion is related to health care, and less than 1% of this $1.9T bill is related to vaccines". "The Democrats had a choice".

The decision is a major concession to moderates as party leaders prepared to move their legislation through the Senate. "This is an American wish list". 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.

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