Senate Democrats Lower Eligibility Limit for Stimulus Checks

Headline Roundup March 4th, 2021

Senate Democrats struck a deal to lower the income eligibility limit for direct COVID-19 stimulus checks to Americans. Under the Senate bill, which could be unveiled this week, the checks would stop at an income threshold of $80,000 for individuals and $160,000 for couples; the House bill's threshold was $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for couples. The Senate bill is expected to keep the House-passed $400 per week unemployment payments, which would continue through August. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates the change would cut an estimated 17 million people from eligibility, though 280 million people would still get a check. Moderate Democrats pushed for reduced unemployment; GOP lawmakers argue the bill is too large and full of allocations unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some moderate Democrats, such as Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Veronica Escobar, criticized Democratic leadership, saying the party's moderate wing isn't interested in passing the left’s agenda items without trying to gather bipartisan support.

The deal received coverage from outlets across the political spectrum. Some coverage from the right highlighted moderate Democrats' criticism of Democratic leadership.

Senate Democrats Lower Eligibility Limit for Stimulus Checks

From the Center
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Senate Democrats have struck a deal to lower the income cut off for receiving a stimulus payment as part of the coronavirus bill, a Democratic aide confirmed to The Hill.

The decision, which speeds up the phasing out of checks, reflects a demand from moderates to curb the ability of high-income earners to receive the stimulus payments.

Under the agreement, individuals who make up to $75,000 per year or couples who make up to $150,000 per year will still receive a $1,400 check.

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From the Left
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President Biden and moderate Senate Democrats have struck a deal to limit eligibility for direct stimulus checks to Americans, lowering the income level for those who would qualify for payments, according to a Democratic source.

The Senate is set to take up Mr. Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill as early as Wednesday. Since the bill is not expected to attract any Republican votes, all Democrats will need to support the bill in order for it to pass, giving moderate Democrats leverage to make demands of the president and...

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From the Right
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The Senate on Wednesday is slated to advance a $1.9 trillion spending package after working out a deal with centrist Democrats on stimulus checks and enhanced jobless pay.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, had pushed for a reduction in the size and duration of enhanced unemployment. Instead, Democrats and President Biden have agreed to a quicker income phaseout of the next round of $1,400 stimulus checks, which will be capped at individuals earning $80,000 annually. The $400 in weekly bonus jobless pay remains in the bill and...

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