Biden Agrees To New Restrictions That Will Exclude Some from Receiving Relief Checks

When President Joe Biden was campaigning in Georgia in January, he promised that if voters put two Democrats in the Senate, “those $2,000 checks will go out the door.”

The doorway just got smaller.

Biden on Wednesday backed a plan that would reduce the income levels for the $1,400 checks he has proposed to a level lower than that used by the Trump administration in its relief checks.

That leaves about 8 million people out in the cold, according to an estimate from Howard Gleckman, a senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, according to CNBC.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimated the change will wipe out checks for 11.8 million adults and 4.6 million children, CNBC also reported.

The proposal still sends $1,400 to individuals who earn less than $75,000 a year. Biden has said that sending $1,400 now, added to the $600 checks sent under the Trump administration, fulfills the $2,000-check promise he made in Georgia.

But the House bill used $100,000 as the cutoff income level for individuals, with the amount going down as income rose. The new proposal Biden is backing and that will be considered in the Senate cuts off the checks for anyone earning $80,000 or more.

The Senate proposal is lower than what the Trump administration used when it set limits. For the $600 payments, individuals could earn up to $87,000 and still get something. The March 2020 round of checks had the upper limit for getting any money at $99,000, according to Business Insider.

For couples filing jointly, the full checks in the new plan will still go to couples earning under $150,000 annually. But instead of the checks phasing out at the $200,000 income level, they end at $160,000.

Under Trump, payments for married couples ended at $174,000 for the December checks and at $198,000 in the March round of checks.

The size of the third round of checks has opened a major rift in the Democratic Party.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has been skeptical about a third round of checks and wants them targeted at the lowest earners, people who in his mind have the greatest need.

Progressives, who are a major voice in the House, are livid that the size of the checks may be reduced from what they passed.

“Conservative Dems have fought so the Biden admin sends fewer & less generous relief checks than the Trump admin did. It’s a move that makes little-to-no political or economic sense, and targets an element of relief that is most tangibly felt by everyday people. An own-goal,” Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York tweeted Wednesday.

“Further ‘targeting’ or ‘tightening’ eligibility means taking survival checks away from millions of families who got them last time,” tweeted Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, who chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “That’s bad policy and bad politics too.”

The Senate faces a deadline as it debates the size of the checks, which are part of the same relief bill that would increase unemployment insurance payments. The authorization for the current unemployment payments runs out on March 14.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Responses

  1. You mean he compromised with Republicans to prioritize checks getting sent to those most in need?! How dare he!

    Compromise is not a bad thing – I’m happy those who need help will get it. I don’t need stimulus check. People out of work and legitimately struggling businesses do – so figure out how to help them as priority.

    1. So you think THAT is what happened here? No, Joke Biden caved on a campaign promise that most definitely got him elected in Georgia. He caved to one person especially.

      The rest of the Democrats are ALSO not standing up for many voters who were promised something VERY clearly laid out – vote for us and you WILL get $2,000 checks. Then it got peaked back to $1,400. But only if you earned half as much as when you got the first check. The Unemployment bonus got whittled back from $600 to whatever it MIGHT be today. 300? Maybe?

      Come on, Phoenix. This isn’t compromise. It’s needless capitulation! If the rest of the party REALLY wanted to keep their promise AND to win in 2022, then they would have cornered Manchin and made it clear that he either signs on or they would pass no bill until he did, making it absolutely CLEAR to his constituents that it was HE who was holding everything up for the whole nation. That’s how you “compromise” in the real world, Phoenix.

      1. Yeah… i know. You have already proven in several conversations that you’d rather no one gets help unless its the help YOU feel is best.

        The same discussion with you is getting boring already and I’ve only been back posting a week.

        1. With so much corruption band weakness from the administration and party leadership, we get NOTHING without a fight. The problem is trying to get ANY Democrat to start the fight. Without negotiation, there is only capitulation. Withholding votes to get what you want or need at least gets you a seat at the table, to START negotiations.

          If Joke Biden, Kamala Harris, K. Sinema and Joe Manchin REALLY wanted to get something done, such as keep a very clear campaign promise, they would fight for it. They aren’t because NONE of them meant it. They just used it as a ploy, to get in power. I mean to hold them to their promise. Why won’t YOU, Phoenix?

  2. hey biden… where is my $2K check for voting for ya…. you lie again and again and again….

    1. Pretty douchey to knock Biden when its the Republican party that refused to budge. As if they would throw him a win when they have a win win opportunity from their perspective.

      This Biden voter who will no longer be included in stimulus checks because of individual salary cap is very pleased to hear it.

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