In the continuing saga of trying to get COVID relief passed, President Biden has been negotiating with other moderate Democrats to further restrict the number of people eligible for a stimulus check. Under the old plan, which was passed by the House of Representatives this week, Americans would get $1,400 if their income was up to $75,000, an amount that would start to phase down to $0 between $75,000 and $100,000 incomes (doubled for married couples). Under the new plan, the $1,400 would start to phase out at $80,000 per year instead of $100,000 (and $160,000 for married couples). Every indication is that this change is being made to appeal to centrist Senate Democrats like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema whose votes are needed to get the bill passed through Congress.
While Joe Biden has had many successes surrounding coronavirus, he has so far failed at delivering on this stimulus package. When Democrats won back the Senate with two victories in Georgia in January, they promised $2,000 checks would be sent out right away to most American adults. That $2,000 number soon went down to $1,400, with the idea that combined with the $600 from December, it totaled $2,000. Now, the promise of relief getting passed in the first week of Biden’s administration has turned into a commitment to get it done in the first two months. Certainly politics is about negotiation and Democrats have tight margins to work with in the House and Senate, but the concessions on this relief effort and the time that it’s taking are inexcusable.
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