Stimulus check update – Couples will get $2,800 checks under Covid plan as Senate clears way for payments

COUPLES will receive $2,800 stimulus checks under the new Covid relief plan as the Senate has cleared the way for payments.

A new wave of hope for a third round of stimulus checks comes as the US Senate approved a measure on Friday that would allow President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan to pass.

If the plan ultimately gets approved, Americans with a lower level income – which needs to be decided on – individual taxpayers can expect $1,400 checks.

Eligible couples could receive $2,800 and parents of children would be able to get an additional $1,400 per child.

For example, a married couple with three children could receive up to $8,400.

Reports this week also revealed that the relief money will be restricted to people on certain incomes.

Taxpayers who earned up to $75,000 and couples who made less than $150,000 were eligible to get the first round of $1,400 checks and the second round of $600 checks.

However, the third relief plan will likely be given to people with lower incomes – some reports have estimated the number to be $50,000 for individuals.

The approved budget plan would allow Democrats to push the plan through the Chamber of Commerce without support from Republicans.

The firm decision, which had no GOP support, passed with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote at 51-50 early this morning.

An amendment preventing the $1,400 checks from being sent out to "upper-income taxpayers" was also passed by the Senate in a 99-1 vote.

Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin led the approved measure -which doesn't yet go into detail about what level of income equates to "upper income."

Prior to the vote, Manchin explained: "I don't think a single person on this floor would disagree to target the relief to our neighbors who are struggling to pay rent and put food on the table.

"This $1,400 will make a significant impact on their ability to get by.

"There are other families who have not missed a single paycheck as a result of this pandemic. It does not make sense to send a check to those individuals."

As Americans are anticipating the looming relief bill to pass, the budget will be in the hands of the House of Representatives on Friday.

The measure, which could possibly be approved before the weekend, will allow for the bill to go into its next draft phrase.

Following the early morning vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said: "Many bipartisan amendments were adopted, so this was a bipartisan activity.

"But we cannot underscore enough how much help America needs during this awful crisis, and we cannot miss the point that we still have a long way to go."

Meanwhile, Pelosi said the new round of stimulus checks are set to be sent out in February in an "urgent" push for Covid aid.

The House Speaker released a statement on Friday morning, just hours after the Senate reached an agreement for a new Covid relief bill.

"Next week, we will be writing the legislation to create a path to final passage for the Biden American Rescue Plan, so that we can finish our work before the end of February," Pelosi said.

Pelosi described the budget as "a statement of our values" and insisted that the resolution is a "giant step to save lives and livelihoods."

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