Third Stimulus Check Update: COVID Relief Vote Expected in House This Week; Senator Chuck Schumer pledges to meet March 14 deadline
President Joe bidenit’s almost $ 2 trillion COVID-19[female[feminine The stimulus package will land on his desk before unemployment aid expires for millions of Americans who lost their jobs during the pandemic, top Democrats on Capitol Hill recently pledged.
In the House of Representatives, where provisions to boost vaccinations, corporate and taxpayer bank accounts have been discussed by the Budget and Ways and Means Committees, lawmakers plan to vote by Friday. And Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently pledged that Senate approval would come before March 14, when the unemployment aid approved in previous coronavirus aid bills would expire.
Based on Democrats’ timeline, Internal Revenue Service could start issuing $ 1,400 stimulus checks to Americans earning less than $ 75,000 by the end of March. To calculate your potential dunning check, read here.
“In coordination with our Senate committees, the House is finalizing legislation for consideration by the House later this week,” Schumer said in a letter to colleagues on Friday.
The New York Democrat said leaders were always open to suggestions and ideas, and noted that the bill already incorporated proposals from Democrats and Republicans. “The Senate is on track to send a solid $ 1.9 trillion package to the President’s office before UI benefits expire on March 14. We will respect this deadline, ”he added.
Democrats are pushing the bill through the annual budget reconciliation process, which only requires a simple majority vote – in other words, it won’t require Republicans’ backing to get to the White House . In the event of a tie in the Senate, where Republicans and some conservative Democrats have expressed concerns about the bill’s price, Vice President Kamala Harris can vote.
In addition to stimulus checks, Biden’s plan includes hundreds of billions of dollars for vaccine distribution and to help reopen schools, $ 35 billion to help local governments boost small businesses and a $ 25 billion restaurant subsidy program, and over $ 300 billion to help state and local governments recovering from a crippling drop in tax revenues since the start of the pandemic.
“The provisions of the COVID emergency relief program – to keep families out of poverty, safely reopen schools, distribute the vaccine, crush the virus and more – are widely popular with the American people and Republicans should not oppose or delay this much-needed aid, “Schumer said.” If Republicans are prepared to work with Democrats on constructive amendments that will improve the bill, we are prepared to work. However, we do need to not allow Republican obstructionism to dissuade us from our mission to provide aid to the Americans who desperately need this relief Make no mistake: the era of Mitch McConnell’s legislative cemetery is over.
The package too enhances the child tax credit, a proposal from the Office of Ways and Means President Richard Neal, extends federal supplemental unemployment benefits until Aug. 29 and increases weekly supplemental unemployment assistance to $ 400.
Republican House leaders are urging their caucuses to vote against the package.
According to C-SPAN, GOP leaders in a recent memo lambasted the bill as Speaker of the House, Nancy “Pelosi’s Payoff to Progressives Act”. They argued that Democrats rejected hundreds of Republican amendments. They say the bill does not ensure that taxpayer dollars are not spent on abortions; causes unemployment by calling for an increase in minimum wage; and includes a “bailout of the blue states”.
Indeed, state and local aid included in the bill goes to all states regardless of the political affiliation of its leaders.
Pelosi responded by citing a poll showing nearly three quarters of Americans, including a majority of Republicans outside Congress, support the bill.
“Americans need help. House Republicans don’t care, ” mentionned.