President Biden has voiced his determination to providing Americans financially struggling. Some might like to add, “Better late, than never,” but seniors are feeling relief knowing that Biden is on their side.
“We can’t walk away from an additional $1,400 in direct checks that we proposed because the people need them,” said the president. He added that he is willing to negotiate on the details, “but I’m not going to start my administration by breaking a promise to the American people.”
Biden is open to further limiting the income level of who receives a stimulus check, not the total amount of the check.
“Further targeting means not the size of the check, it means the income level of people who receive the check and that’s something that has been under discussion. There hasn’t been a conclusion but certainly, he’s open to having that discussion,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.
“I’ll have your back. I ask that you have mine,” Biden said.
What’s next for stimulus checks?
In addition to the bigger stimulus checks, Biden’s proposal includes $400 billion for more vaccines, testing, and other measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic and to help reopen schools; $350 billion for cities, states, and tribal governments; billions more for small businesses, rental assistance and increasing unemployment insurance; and raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
House and Senate Democrats are expected to pass a budget resolution this week that would give them the ability later this month to pass a massive COVID-19 package through the Senate with just a simple majority. That will be crucial given the Senate’s 50-50 split.