The Senate has reached an agreement with President Joe Biden to lower the income limits required to receive a $ 1,400 coronavirus stimulus check.
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 the levels in the House-passed version of the bill that set income limits at $ 100,000 for individuals and $ 200,000 for couples.
The bill keeps the additional $ 400 per week in unemployment benefits in effect through August.
Sen Joe Manchin (D-WV) had tried to reduce the additional weekly payments to $ 300 per week.
Senate Dems and President Biden settled a last-minute debate on Biden's $ 1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill. They have decided to keep federal unemployment benefits payments at $ 400 per week, but expire the stimulus checks of the measure at $ 1,400 faster. Https://t.co/8cW7GHH5sx
– POLITICO (@politico) March 3, 2021
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Democratic reactions to the agreement
While Senator Manchin did not receive the unemployment benefit, he says he approves of the changes. "It will be a good package that will help a great many people. And it is targeted. The main thing is that it is aimed at reaching people in need."
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was positive about the deal. "We're interested in seeing the whole package when it comes around. So far, it's good."
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House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on Senate Republicans to label President Biden's legislation as a "liberal wish list."
“This is an American wish list. If people want checks to help them get out of the quagmire, it's not a liberal wish list. The Americans want that. "Schumer promoted the bipartisan nature of the law by referring to provisions of the law put forward by Republicans like Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and moderate Democrats like Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
There may still be a senator throwing a wrench into the job.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) plans to introduce a change to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, according to CNN. The wage increase has already been put down by the Senate MP for violating the rules for budget voting.
Some Democrats believe Sanders will cause a bit of an argument.
A Democratic adviser says "Sanders created the toughest vote for Democrats".
This week, under the Atonement Act, I'll be offering a change to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour.
– Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 2, 2021
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With the $ 1.9 trillion package likely to pass, GOP leaders are calling on all Republicans to unanimously oppose it. With so much resistance, it could be a painful time for Democrats.
A separate report from Politico shows that Senate Republicans are considering whether to "vote on unlimited amendments" to put Democrats on record for specific provisions of the bill.
"I hope for infinity. There are people who talk about setting up a schedule and letting it go on and on," said Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
A CNN report said several GOP members and aides say there are plans to “pull some Democratic members off some key amendments to show differences between the Democratic ranks and create some campaign-ready moments that can later converted into political ads. "
Senate Dems are about to pass Biden's $ 1.9 billion stimulus plan, and GOP leaders are calling on their members to unanimously oppose it. But Republicans are still debating how painful it is to do things for Democrats. https://t.co/h4pq2h4PWir pic.twitter.com/taUbtvDjnE
– POLITICO (@politico) March 3, 2021
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A common suspect and a bit of honesty
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) says she doesn't have a definite no on her package: “I can't stand the fact that after all of these things we moved to last year, we got $ 1.9 trillion Consider, much of which isn't 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 mammoth spending bill, in which only a small portion actually deals with COVID-19-related issues, but also offered a brutally honest assessment of GOP plans.
"It's all about television commercials. Holding people accountable for their votes. There isn't much they can do if they're determined to stick together. There is nothing we can do to change the outcome. If they really want to, they can probably do it ", Claimed Cornyn.
According to a new CNN report, Senate Republicans are planning to force a full read of the bill, which could take 10 hours. Senator Paul can get his wish.
Senate Republicans plan to force a full read of the Covid Relief Act – and it could take 10 hours. Https://t.co/075T8CkYDM
– CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 3, 2021
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