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Democrats OK slightly tighter income limits for stimulus checks

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Melba Vasquez | 04 March, 2021, 17:12

However, under the new terms set by Senate Democrats, individuals earning $80,000, heads of households making $120,000 and married couples with $160,000 in income would no longer receive the relief payments. The Senate parliamentarian said it could not be included in the package while the Democrats are using a special procedure that allows them to pass the bill with a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes needed to advance most legislation in the chamber. Under the House plan, individuals making up to $100,000 per year and couples making up to $200,000 per year would receive a partial payment less than $1,400 per person, scaled down depending on income.

"He said we need to pass this bill and pass it soon", Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY said after the president spoke with Senate Democrats at their weekly caucus luncheon.

The dealmaking Wednesday underscored the balancing act Democrats face as they try squeezing the massive relief measure through the evenly divided, 50-50 Senate.

The changes are a nod to moderate Democrats in the Senate who have pushed for a more targeted approach to a third round of stimulus payments.

Senate Democrats were removing $1.5 million for a bridge between NY state and Canada and around $140 million for a rapid transit project south of San Francisco after Republicans cast both as pet projects f or Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Under Senate budget rules, there will be up to 20 hours of debate on the legislation after the Senate proceeds to the bill.

Economic stimulus or economic relief: Here's what we know about who might qualify for the next round of coronavirus checks and how much they'll get.

The Democratic-controlled Senate is hoping for a final vote later in the week on passage of Biden's top legislative priority.

Ms. Shaheen said she would like additional money to go to broadband and health care and that there could be a way to further target the direct checks. "It was more just to hear from President Biden telling us how important it is that we get this done". Trump lost Georgia, a state that saw record turnout, and on Monday the state House approved a bill that limits weekend early voting days, requires a photo ID for absentee voting, and restricts ballot drop box locations. The Democrats can not afford any defections if they hope to pass it with a simple majority.

The bill we expect to see in the next several hours will look different than what the House passed, even if numerous most popular provisions and structures will remain untouched.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, perhaps the chamber's most conservative Democrat, has favored lowering the relief check eligibility limits and opposed the House bill's minimum wage increase.

Although she said she "can't stand" that the bill is not entirely focused on the coronavirus, she called herself "Listening Lisa" because she would be listening to what the final proposal would be. Increasing additional unemployment benefits from $300 to $400 per week is also popular, with support from 67% of Americans.

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