Biden open to stricter stimulus check income limits of $ 1,400
President Biden announced Wednesday that he is open to new stimulus check income limits of $ 1,400 in order to receive his $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bills through Congress.
Biden made the remark first during a phone call with the House Democrats and then in a White House meeting with the two Democratic Senators from Delaware.
The president is expected to meet a larger group of Democratic senators around noon and make remarks to the press.
“We had a conversation about direct payments and how they could be modified to be targeted,” Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) Told White House reporters.
In his call to the House Democrats, Biden too supposedly said He was open to tighter boundaries.
Democrats in Congress are pushing a “reconciliation” maneuver that allows spending to be passed to the Senate by majority vote rather than the usual 60 majority. However, control of the Senate is 50% shared, and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Has expressed an interest in new control limits.
Former President Donald Trump applied for $ 2,000 for most Americans in December – but Republicans rejected the application, approving only $ 600. Biden’s request for $ 1,400 would bring the total to $ 2,000.
Under current plans, the checks are fully available to adults earning up to $ 75,000. The amount would go down for higher earners, and people over $ 95,000 would get nothing. The caps double for married joint filers.
Republicans have criticized a change in the treatment of loved ones under proposed Democratic legislation that could dramatically increase income ceilings for some families with children.
A proposal from centrist Republicans, led by Senator Susan Collins of Maine, recommends US $ 1,000 checks with an income cap of US $ 50,000 for individuals and US $ 100,000 for couples.
Many Republicans oppose more controls, arguing that the focus of spending should be on distributing vaccines to end the pandemic and get people back to work.
A first wave of stimulus checks worth $ 1,200 was approved by Congress in March.