President Joe Biden has backed a plan to reduce Americans’ income taxes to receive a direct payment as part of the $ 1.9 billion coronavirus relief package that will succeed in the coming days, a Democratic source said Wednesday.
The phasing out levels for the $ 1,400 stimulus checks are:
- $ 75,000 in revenue for single files; the limit for paying an amount is now $ 80,000
- $ 112,500 for household heads; the hood is now $ 120,000
- $ 150,000 for joint filers; now a maximum of $ 160,000
The structure would reduce the income limits for direct payments approved by the House. Under the lower chamber bill, individuals earning up to $ 100,000 (and joint filers up to $ 200,000) would receive an amount.
Eight million people who would receive payments under the Home Account would lose them under the Senate Plan, according to a rough estimate by Howard Gleckman, a senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. Even more people will receive smaller payments than they would do according to the House proposal, he added. Gleckman estimates that the changes would save about $ 15 billion in legislation of nearly $ 2 billion.
According to another estimate, about 12 million people could lose checks as a result of the policy change.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday asked if Biden supported the proposal, saying he was comfortable with where the negotiations stood.
President Joe Biden talks about the US rescue plan and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses in response to coronavirus, at the Eisenhower Executive Office building in Washington, DC, February 22, 2021.
Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images
The changes come as moderate Senate Democrats call for limiting the scope of the controls contained in the legislation. To pass the emergency relief bill under budget reconciliation, party leaders cannot lose a single vote among the 50 members of the caucus. Democrats are using the process that enables the legislature to succeed by a simple majority, as Republicans are pushing for more spending to boost the economy.
Democrats had once before limited the suitability for the checks to appease the lawmakers of centrist concerns.
Disagreements within the party would have threatened the Democrats’ plans to get the bill through the Senate this weekend and to Biden’s desk before unemployment assistance programs expire on March 14. The House is expected to approve the Senate’s version of the bill next week.
The Senate’s plan has been put in place to maintain the same unemployment insurance supplement adopted by the House. That would add an unemployment benefit of $ 400 a week until August 29th.
The expected change in the Senate bill has drawn the brunt of some progressives in the House. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., tweeted: “Conservative Dems have fought so that the Biden driver sends less and less generous relief tests than the Trump admin did.”
“This is a step that has little or no political or economic meaning, and is aimed at an element of relief that everyday people feel most tangible. An end in itself,” she wrote.
The Senate on Thursday plans to take its first procedural vote for approving the relief bill. But the chamber must clear a few days of obstacles before it can send the legislation back to the House for final passage.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., Intends to force Senate customers to read the entire bill aloud, which according to NBC News will add hours to the process. Legislators will then debate the plan for up to 20 hours, followed by a marathon vote on amendments to it.
Once the chamber votes on all amendments (with no limit on the proposed number), the legislation can be approved.
Along with the checks and unemployment assistance, the House bill includes funds to promote Covid-19 vaccinations, an extension of the child tax credit, new assistance to small businesses, money to help reopen schools and relief for state, local and tribal governments.
– Thomas Franck from OilGasJobz contributed to this report