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

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The Senate plan would still allow individuals earning up to $75,000 per year and couples earning up to $150,000 per year to receive the full benefit. For instance, a married couple with no children who earns $149,000 a year will receive $2800, while a married couple with 5 children who earns $161,000 will receive $0. Those filing as a head of household who make less than $112,500 will get the full amount, phasing out at $120,000.

That means some people who received the last round of $600 relief checks approved in December wouldn't get anything this time. Under the House bill, payments phased out at $100,000 for individuals, $200,000 for couples and $150,000 for heads of households.

U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., on Tuesday called for keeping the entire $350 billion and letting states and localities decide how to spend it, giving them fewer restrictions than under the CARES act. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) said.

Despite every Democrats' huge leverage because all their votes are needed, none have so far threatened to sink the legislation if they don't get their way. "I think the package as it was originally crafted is good to go".

Moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he wanted the House's $400-per-week temporary federal unemployment benefit reduced to $300.

While some Democrats are still pushing to include a mandatory minimum wage hike to $15 per hour, the version of the bill that's now in the Senate no longer has the wage increase - the result of a procedural ruling last week that said the issue can not be part of the stimulus bill.

Notably, however, the senators are not asking to include the recurring payments and unemployment in the $1.9-trillion economic aid bill now before the Senate, which includes a one-time $1,400 direct payment for many Americans.

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Automatically extending that unemployment aid could also prove hard. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden and Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions Committee Chair Patty Murray will join Sanders in offering the amendment. "And that's what we are working to do", Schumer told reporters on Tuesday. The economic aid bill now under consideration provides a quarter-trillion dollars for unemployment benefits through August, including $400 per week paid by the federal government above what people would normally receive from their state. For their part, Republicans have vowed to fight the relief measure calling it "wildly expensive." They've lambasted the package for including Democratic priorities unrelated to the virus, such as transit projects in Silicon Valley and NY, and shoring up state and local government budgets.

The bill has hundreds of billions of dollars for schools and colleges, COVID-19 vaccines and testing, mass transit systems, renters and small businesses. "If they really want to do this, they can probably get it done". Republicans upset with the relief package are expected to submit the majority of amendments as a stalling technique.

Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat, said they didn't discuss more narrowly targeting the bill with the president. "We'll be fighting this in every way that we can". "It is my hope that at the end, the Senate Republicans will unanimously oppose it, just like House Republicans did".

As for the bill now before Congress, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said the chamber could take up the legislation beginning Wednesday. Multiple Republicans, for example, had been planning amendments to make Democrats take tough votes on two transit projects in NY and California that they - and some Democrats - had criticized as having nothing to do with Covid relief. "I expect some late nights on the floor", Schumer told reporters. "That's what the American people want".

Getting checks to Americans as fast as possible has been a priority for Biden in his opening weeks as president. In order to meet that deadline, the House would have to accept whatever changes the Senate makes to the bill.

Two people said Biden told Democrats they must sometimes accept provisions in a large measure that they don't like.

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