President Biden backs a plan to phase out direct payments more quickly in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill

The bill as gone by the House includes $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, plus a $400 per week unemployment payment supplement and an expansion of programs extending jobless benefit eligibility to millions more Americans.

President Biden backs a plan to phase out direct payments more quickly in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill
President Biden has backs a plan to phase out direct payments more quickly in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill

President Joe Biden has backed an idea to chop the income caps for receiving an immediate payment as a part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package set to pass within the coming days, a Democratic source said Wednesday.

The end levels for the $1,400 stimulus checks are:

$75,000 in income for single filers; the cap for receiving some payment is now $80,000
$112,500 for heads of households; the cap is now $120,000
$150,000 for joint filers; now capped at $160,000

The structure would slash the direct payment income caps approved by the House. Under the lower chamber’s bill, individuals making up to $100,000 (and joint filers earning up to $200,000) would have received some amount.The changes come as moderate Senate Democrats call to limit the scope of the checks included within the legislation. To pass the relief bill under budget reconciliation, party leaders cannot lose one vote among the 50 members of the caucus.

Disagreements within the party could have threatened Democrats’ plans to urge the bill through the Senate by this weekend and to Biden’s desk before unemployment aid programs expire on March 14. The home is expected to approve the Senate’s version of the bill next week.The Senate plan is about to stay an equivalent unemployment insurance supplement gone by the House. it might add a $400 per week jobless benefit through Aug. 29.

Congressional Democrats want to urge the legislation to Biden before March 14. A $300 per week unemployment insurance enhancement and programs extending jobless benefits to millions more Americans formally expire thereon day.“We need strong relief to urge the economy going so it can continue on an upward path on its own,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “That’s what this bill is meant to try to to .”

Biden was set to nudge Senate Democrats toward approving the legislation when he called into a gathering with the caucus on Tuesday afternoon.The bill as gone by the House includes $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, plus a $400 per week unemployment payment supplement and an expansion of programs extending jobless benefit eligibility to millions more Americans through Aug. 29. It also expands the kid decrease for several households to up to $3,600 per child over a year, and puts billions more into rental assistance for people struggling to remain in their homes.

The legislation also includes $20 billion to hurry up Covid-19 vaccinations, $350 billion for state, local and tribal government aid, and $170 billion for K-12 schools and better education institutions for reopening and student aid costs.

[ news source CNBC ]