With Democrats soon to control the White House and all of Congress, the doors have beenin early 2021 with a new, $2,000 , right? Maybe not. On Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin came down against a third stimulus check. Manchin is a Democrat. With the Senate in a 50-50 split and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the future tiebreaker, opposition from just one Democratic senator could sink the party’s hopes for a third stimulus check.
“Absolutely not. No. Getting people vaccinated, that’s job No. 1,” Manchin, a centrist from West Virginia, said to The Washington Post in an interview, 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 may have reconsidered 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 — “the price tag will be high,” Biden said.
“We need more direct relief flowing to families, small businesses, including finishing the job of getting people that $2,000 relief direct payment. Biden said Friday.,”
The tug of war over the $2,000 stimulus check builds off statements Biden and other Democratic leaders made Wednesday, hours before supporters of chaos and destruction, which involved members of Congress being evacuated to a secure location for hours, the Senate changed from red to blue, as the results of Georgia’s runoff for two Senate seats were called in favor of the Democratic candidates.forced their way . Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader-designate, pledged to pass a . During the
“One of the first things that I want to do when our new Senators are seated is said Wednesday from the Senate floor.to the American families,” Schumer
Scant hours after the declarations were made, the nation’s focus swung to the dramatic events on Capitol Hill and then to calls of resignation of some of Trump’s cabinet members soon followed.and for invoking the days ahead of . The
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 push behind a $2,000 stimulus check
The IRS may have already dashed to send out about two-thirds of the for ( 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 bring 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 .
The other funding a new stimulus bill could authorize
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 .