Joe Biden, Senate Dems Want To Reduce the Number of Six-Figure Households Getting $1,400 ‘Relief’ Checks. Progressives Are Furious.
President Joe Biden and Senate Democratic leaders have agreed to a compromise version of their $1.9 trillion spending bill that modestly lowers the income ceiling for receiving a $1,400 relief check.
Single-filers making $75,000 a year would still get the full $1,400, reports the Associated Press, but that amount will fall to zero for individuals making $80,000 or more. Joint-filers earning up to $150,000 would also get the full check. Couples earning more than $160,000 would get nothing. The slightly more generous spending bill passed by the House earlier this week excludes single-filers earning $100,000 or more, and couples earning $200,000.
The changes, reports the Washington Post‘s Jeff Stein, would reduce the sticker price of the “relief” bill by about $12 billion.
The idea behind restricting the number of employed, six-figure earners getting government support is to shore up the support of Senate moderates. “I think it’s an appropriate way of bringing this to a successful conclusion,” Sen. Michael Bennett, one such moderate, (D–Colo.) told The Los Angeles Times.
Progressives, of the right- and left-wing variety, are less pleased with the changes, saying they deprive needed benefits from hard-working members of the upper-middle class.
“Amazes me that Democrats can find millions to shovel to abortion providers, millions for ‘environmental justice,’ billions for blue state bailouts—but they continue to water down direct relief to working people,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R–Mo.) on Twitter.
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