Stimulus checks – Bernie Sanders slams Biden for giving fewer Americans Covid relief money than Trump admin didFebruary 7, 2021
BERNIE Sanders denounced President Joe Biden on Saturday for giving fewer Americans Covid relief money than the Trump administration did.
The 79-year-old Vermont senator's commentary comes after Joe Biden's new $1.9trillion Covid budget plan was passed in the Senate on Friday morning.
Shortly after, the House – on a near party line vote – approved the Senate-passed budget resolution.
Sanders' criticism comes as President Biden vowed "to act fast" to get $1,400 stimulus checks to Americans.
However, the relief money will reportedly be restricted to people on certain incomes.
Sanders tweeted on Saturday evening: "Unbelievable. There are some Dems who want to lower the income eligibility for direct payments from $75,000 to $50,000 for individuals, and $150,000 to $100,000 for couples.
"In other words, working class people who got checks from Trump would not get them from Biden. Brilliant!"
Approximately 20 minutes later, Sanders took to another Twitter account to further express his disapproval on the third relief plan – which will likely only help Americans with lower incomes.
"I strongly oppose lowering income eligibility for direct payments from $75,000 to $50,000 for individuals and $150,000 to $100,000 for couples," Sanders wrote.
"In these difficult times, ALL working class people deserve the full $1,400.
"Last I heard, someone making $55,000 a year is not 'rich.'"
For the first two rounds of Covid relief payments, a larger number of individuals were able to receive the stimulus checks.
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.
As per the most recent proposal by Democrats, the third round of stimulus checks – worth $1,400 – would only be sent to taxpayers earning up to $50,000, the Washington Post reported.
Heads of household making a yearly salary of up to $75,000 would also be eligible, as well as married couples who make a total of up to $100,000.
Partial payments may be given to taxpayers who have an income that is somewhat over those numbers.
Tax policy specialist Kyle Pomerleau told the news outlet approximately 71 percent of US taxpayers would receive the max amount of money.
Another 17 percent of Americans would get the partial payments.
The president has vowed "to act fast" to get the third installment of stimulus checks to Americans.
During a press briefing on Friday, Biden told reporters that he would not delay getting the stimulus payments sent out.
"I'm going to act fast," he said. "I'm going to help the American people who are hurting now."
Biden also confirmed that the relief payments would not be cut down.
"Here's what I won't do: I'm not cutting the size of the checks," he said. "They're going to be $1,400. Period. That's what the American people were promised."
Democrats plan is to push forward a package similar to Biden's $1.9trillion economic aid proposal – will all signs pointing to the being bill signed into law in the coming weeks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Friday: "Hopefully in a two-week period of time we'll send something over to the Senate and this will be done.”
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