A bill proposing to increase the approved $600 stimulus check for COVID-19 relief to $2,000 is expected to be voted in the Senate as early as Tuesday after the House approves the increased amount Monday.
The bill, which passed by 275 to 134, required the support of two-thirds of the House members in attendance — a feat difficult to achieve in such a divided Washington. Republicans did not thrash or pressure lawmakers to vote, leaving members to decide the fate of the bill after House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. leader, voted unanimously last week. of Democrats blocked to raise stimulus checks to $2,000.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday afternoon blocked the request for unanimous consent from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
President Donald Trump initially called the COVID-19 aid package a “disgrace” and pushed for congressional support to increase direct payment checks from $600 to $2,000.
He signed the bill Sunday to “restore unemployment benefits, end evictions, provide rent assistance, add money for PPP, get our airline staff back to work, add substantially more money for vaccine distribution, and more.” much more.”
The $900 billion measure is part of a $1.4 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2021. Here’s what will happen if the Senate approves or rejects the $2,000 increased stimulus package.
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When will the Senate vote on stimulus control?
The Senate is expected to vote on the increased stimulus measures on Tuesday.
The future of the bill remains unclear, however, as the GOP-controlled Senate, already fed up with increased government spending, is likely to oppose the measure.
Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., threatened to postpone the Senate vote on Trump’s National Defense Authorization Act this week, saying “Congress won’t go home for New Year’s Eve” as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of the Senate, does not agree to an “up or against vote” on the increased stimulus controls.
Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. said Monday he would push for a vote to pass the bill Tuesday.
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What Happens If the Senate Doesn’t Approve the $2,000 Incentive Checks?
If the Senate voted against the proposed $1,400 incentive check increase, eligible Americans would receive $600 instant payment checks.
This is half the amount of the first round of incentive checks distributed in April.
Who gets a stimulus check?
In this second round, the following persons are eligible for stimulus checks:
- Individuals who made up to $75,000 last year
- Couples who made $150,000 last year will get $1,200
- Heads of households who made $112,500 last year
- Additional $600 per dependent child aged 16 and under
- Immigrants who meet the eligibility criteria and have a valid Social Security Number
- Immigrants with green cards or H-1B and H-2A work visas
- US Citizens Married To Foreigners Without Social Security Numbers
As with the first round of stimulus checks handed out earlier this year, the following people are excluded from the COVID-19 relief package:
- Individuals earning more than $87,000 per year
- Couples making more than $174,000 a year
- Heads of households with adjusted gross income over $124,500
- Individuals who earned more than $87,000 last year, but will be unemployed in 2020
- Students 17 years or older if claimed as dependent
- Parents don’t get $600 per child 17 years or older
- Adult dependents, including elderly parents or relatives living in the care of an adult child claimed as dependent
- Persons without social security number
- Non-resident aliens, temporary workers, immigrants illegally in the country
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Are students eligible for an incentive check?
Students 17 years or older whose parents or guardians claim to be dependents are not eligible for the second round of stimulus checks.
But self-sufficient and older students may qualify for a check. If a student paid at least half of his own living expenses last year, he cannot be considered a dependent; the same applies to persons of 24 years and older.
However, many self-sufficient and older students do not file tax returns if their income is not high enough. Without a 2019 tax return, the IRS cannot process the student’s information, making them ineligible for a stimulus check.
Despite this, pushing for the modified stimulus check account could include relief for families living with dependent students, adults with disabilities or elderly relatives, said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
When will you get your stimulus check?
Under the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act, January 15, 2021 is the last day the IRS sends incentive checks to Americans who have qualified.
If no changes are made to the bill on Tuesday before the Senate, the stimulus checks could be out as early as next week. The second round of payments will be easier as most Americans who receive checks have already verified their information on the IRS payment site, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC last week.
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What else is in the $900 billion COVID-19 aid package?
In addition to providing incentives to Americans, the COVID-19 aid package also expands unemployment benefits and includes a program to help small businesses retain their employees during the coronavirus pandemic.
Daniella Medina is a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network. Follow her on Twitter @danimedinanews.