THE House is set to pass $1,400 stimulus checks in a vote today after Democrats were told to ax a $15 minimum wage hike in the next Covid relief package.
The House is expected to pass a third Covid relief package, which features $1,400 stimulus checks, on FridayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The package would also allocate billions to Covid-19 vaccination efforts and testing, schools, state and local governments and emergency jobless benefits.
After the full House vote on Friday, if approved, the bill will make its way to the Senate before it heads to Biden‘s desk.
If it passes the Senate, Biden can sign it into law before March 14, when emergency unemployment benefits are set to expire.
The bill also includes a measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, a measure that will likely be cut when it heads to the Senate.
Joe Biden’s $1.9trillion package includes a third stimulus check for millions of AmericansCredit: Reuters
Republicans largely oppose the new packageCredit: AP:Associated Press
Republicans largely oppose the measure, and have called Biden’s relief bill too expensive and not targeted enough in general.
No Congressional Republicans have publicly supported the legislation.
However, since Democrats hold a comfortable 10-seat lead in the House, it will likely easily pass a simple majority.
The Senate is split down the party line 50-50, and while Vice President Kamala Harris can cast a tie-breaking vote, every Democrat would need to vote in favor of the relief package for it to pass.
Some Democrats, like West Virginia Sen Joe Manchin, have said they oppose including the $15 minimum wage hike in the Covid relief package–making it likely that the measure will be axed from the final bill.
If all goes according to plan for the Democrats, and the package heads to Biden’s desk by March 14 for final approval, the first stimulus checks could begin going out the week of March 22, according to CNET.
The discussion on another relief package comes as the US continues to grapple with the effects of the ongoing Covid pandemic.
Last week, the country recorded a grim milestone: more than 500,000 deaths since the pandemic began.
Around 28.4million people have been infected with the virus in the US, according to the latest figures.