Democrats, poised toin the next few weeks, are sketching out the details of a that could make good on economic support programs Democratic legislators have been pushing for since last summer. But with a paper-thin majority in the Senate, Democrats need to hold their caucus together to achieve their goals, including for a .
One possible defection could be Senate Democrat Joe Manchin, who on Friday expressed concern about the cost of a third stimulus check and suggested the financial aid could be better focused on those most in need of the money.
“Absolutely not. No. Getting people vaccinated, that’s job No. 1,” Manchin, a centrist from West Virginia, told The Washington Post Friday when asked about more. “How is the money that we invest now going to help us best to get jobs back and get people employed? And I can’t tell you that sending another check out is gonna do that to a person that’s .”
Shortly after, Manchin appears to have softened his stance. According to an NBC News reporter, Manchin’s spokesperson said he was “open” to hearing President-elect Joe Biden’s case for a , but prioritizes . Funding to deliver the is also on Biden’s agenda for a large stimulus bill.
With the Senate evenly divided and incoming Vice President-elect Kamala Harris set to act a tiebreaker, opposition from just one Democratic senator could sink the party’s hopes for a large third stimulus check.
“The price tag will be high,” Biden said Friday in a press conference. “We need more direct relief flowing to families, small businesses, including finishing the job of getting people that $2,000 relief direct payment.,” he added.
The tug of war over the $2,000 stimulus check builds off statements Biden and other Democratic leaders made Wednesday, hours beforeforced their way . Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader-designate, pledged to pass a . The $2,000 checks were also a campaign issue in this month’s Georgia Senate runoffs, where two Democrats defeated Republican incumbents for the seats.
“One of the first things that I want to do when our new Senators are seated isto the American families,” Schumer said Wednesday from the Senate floor.
Scant hours after the declarations were made, the nation’s focus swung to the dramatic events on Capitol Hill and then to calls ofand for invoking the days ahead of . The resignation of some of Trump’s cabinet members soon followed.
Does any of the upheaval in the nation’s capital affect a third stimulus check for $2,000 apiece? How could the turmoil affect the Congressional Republicans newly sworn in on Jan. 3 and when could a new stimulus check arrive? We’ll share what we know in the lead up to, as the situation develops.
The momentum for a $2,000 stimulus check
The IRS may have already dashed to send out about two-thirds of thefor ( and ), but some Washington leaders are already pledging a $2,000 third stimulus check. The calls for a $2,000 cap pick up where Trump, congressional Democrats and a few outspoken Republicans left off trying to raise the .
With Democrats readying to swear in two Georgia senators and take the majority by a hair, the party will control Congress and the presidency, making it easier for Biden to pass his objectives despite projected resistance from Senate Republicans.
Biden had already made it clear he supports a third stimulus check, but before this week, had shied away from committing to a sum. In his early presidential campaign, he had suggested a, modeled on the first, but more recently, he left the question open.
“This bill is just the first step, a down payment,” Biden said Dec. 22 in the last days of negotiation over the. When asked by a reporter if a future package would contain the third stimulus check and how much money he would seek, Biden said, “That’s a negotiating issue… But it will, yes, it will.”
It now appears that the introduction of a $2,000 per person upper limit in a serious way, and confidence of a Democratic Senate, have emboldened Biden to push for the larger sum.
How a third stimulus check could send you more money
A $600 check is, obviously, half the $1,200 from 2020, so, yes, recipients get less money per household. But there’s more to it than that. Since the upper limit for a, with an extra , the way , more people hit the upper income limit for receiving a second payment, which means they at all.
A third stimulus check could:
Again, much could depend on, and what the new Biden administration sees as its goals in rehabilitating an economy weakened by the .
Other funding a new stimulus bill could provide
We already know some of, which he shared as part of his presidential campaign trail. There’s a good chance that he’d push Congress to revisit those agenda items, in addition to several programs left out of December’s by both Republicans and Democrats.
They could include measures like:
- A larger third stimulus check that could reach more people.
- past March.
- Renewing the past Jan. 31.
- Student loan deferrals or forgiveness for public schools.
- More money for state, local and tribal governments.
- More money for contact tracing, coronavirus testing and distribution.
- Liability protection for businesses against coronavirus-related lawsuits.
For more information, here’s how to, and a primer on the .