The coronavirus pandemic caused a lot of problems for the world’s largest economy. Unfortunately, the pandemic is not over yet and it won’t be easy to solve all issues in a short period of time. People all over the country are trying to cope with the situation. Lawmakers from both parties understand the importance of stimulus checks. However, it won’t be easy to reach a deal regarding this topic.
It is worth noting that Democrats are moving forward with plans to send millions of Americans $1,400 stimulus checks. Interestingly, the House of Representatives unveiled its legislative drafts on Monday. Democrats, under the leadership of President Joe Biden, have an ambitious plan. They plan to try to have $1.9 trillion in additional coronavirus aid passed using a process known as budget reconciliation.
Interestingly, new $1,400 stimulus checks are likely to be among these measures. Importantly, there is bipartisan support for more direct payments. However, some lawmakers have questioned just how generous they should be this time around. Biden made it clear that he is not going to reduce the size of the checks.
As stated above, there is no unique approach when it comes to stimulus checks. Importantly, one group of Republican senators proposed capping the checks completely for individuals who earn $50,000 and couples with $100,000 in income.
Stimulus checks and Americans
Let’s have a look at the stimulus checks. Interestingly, House Democrats’ latest proposal outlines who could be eligible for the payments unless changes are made. According to the current guidelines, payments could be sent to roughly 160 million people. People should take into account that the payments would be $1,400 per individual or $2,800 per married couple who file jointly, plus $1,400 per dependent. Importantly, unlike previous stimulus checks, both children, as well as adult dependents, would qualify.
It is worth noting that, as in the case of two previous rounds of checks, full payments would be available to individuals making up to $75,000 in adjusted gross income, heads of household with up to $112,500, and married couples who file jointly with up to $150,000.
Importantly, individuals would need to have a valid Social Security number in order to qualify. For example, couples where only one spouse has a valid number would get a $1,400 payment rather than $2,800. However, their dependents would also be eligible for stimulus checks, provided they also had Social Security numbers. It is worth noting that the legislation is expected to be approved by mid-March.