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

Why this Republican is urging the GOP to support Biden's Covid-19 bill Third stimulus check update: Senate will take up bill with $1,400 payments this week, Schumer announces. Here’s the latest.
Patty Aguilar | 03 March, 2021, 23:11

Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) said.

Democrats are likely to need every vote, including from moderates such as Mr. Manchin, to get the package across the finish line in the Senate. "And that's just what we're going to do". Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said.

"I think we're really in a good spot and, frankly, the most important thing is to get this done", said Stabenow.

The U.S. Senate will take up the House-passed $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill this week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, perhaps the Senate's most conservative Democrat, said he wanted to pare the bill's $400 weekly emergency unemployment benefit 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. The Senate bill supported by Democrats does not include the minimum wage language.

Automatically extending that unemployment aid could also prove hard. The letter is signed by the chairs of the Senate Finance, Budget and Banking committees, as well as California Democratic Sen.

The bill has hundreds of billions of dollars for schools and colleges, COVID-19 vaccines and testing, mass transit systems, renters and small businesses. According to the Associated Press, Biden and Senate Democrats agreed with Republicans that limits included in the House version of the bill are too high and offer financial assistance to those who may not need it.

Both transit projects were removed from the bill Tuesday evening. There are some Republican legislators who do not, but the Republican base absolutely supports them, as do Democrats. "It is my hope that at the end, the Senate Republicans will unanimously oppose it, just like House Republicans did".

Democrats are using special rules that will let them avoid GOP filibusters that would require them to garner an impossible 60 votes to approve the legislation.

"The politician standing in the way of change is Vice President Kamala Harris", said the email, citing the possibility - already rejected by the White House - of her casting a tie-breaking Senate vote to overrule the parliamentarian. "I expect some late nights on the floor", Schumer told reporters. "It's his demonstration to the American people that he heard them loud and clear as he was campaigning across America". The House would then have to sign off on the changes before Congress could send it on to Biden to sign into law. "That's what the American people sent us here to do, and we have to get America the help it needs", Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters, describing a 20-minute conference call Biden had with Democratic senators.

Republicans, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have denounced it as a wasteful, Democratic "wish list" containing provisions unrelated to the pandemic, which has killed more than 517,000 Americans and left millions more jobless.

"I can't believe that any amendment that the Senate could adopt, with the complement in the Senate at this point in time, would be an amendment so egregious that the House would not vote for it", Hoyer said.

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