PRESIDENT Joe Biden vowed “to act fact” to get $1,400 stimulus checks to Americans after the new $1.9trillion Covid budget plan has passed.
Biden made the promise during a briefing on Friday afternoonCredit: Reuters
The budget has finally been passed in the US
“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.”
The latest stimulus check news comes as:
President Biden is pictured in the Oval Office on Friday, February 5Credit: Rex Features
Biden’s statement came after the House, on a near party line vote, approved the Senate-passed budget resolution today.
The resolution was approved with instructions for committees to write their parts of Covid-19 relief legislation, based on Biden’s plan, by Feb 16, according to a thread of tweets from CSPAN Capitol Hill producer Craig Caplan.
“Maine Rep Jared Golden was the only Democrat to vote No.”
“Reps. Ed Case (HI) and Jared Golden (ME) were only the 2 House Democrats to vote against House COVID-19 relief budget resolution on Wednesday. Today, Case voted Yes on the Senate-passed budget resolution, while Golden voted No,” Caplan continued.
“House Budget Chair Yarmuth: “Next week committees will begin writing the detailed legislative text for the Biden American Rescue Plan, so that we can finish our work well before lifeline unemployment assistance expires.”
“Budget Chair Yarmuth (D-KY): “The Budget Committee looks forward to receiving committees’ legislation by February 16 and then preparing the measure for floor consideration.”
Biden has previously been slammed for “going back” on $2,000 checks that he initially backed.
One Twitter user said: “Mr President-elect…please dont reduce the stimulus checks to $1400. You promised $2k. This country is like a powder keg. And im worried what happens if you go back on your word.”
Some supporters claimed the total was indeed $2,000 when the new $1,400 checks are added to the the $600 already issued.
But another user tweeted: “Wait!! @JoeBiden said $2000. Not $1400 to make up the difference. I knew he was BSing people.”
Last month, Biden tweeted: “$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table.
“We need $2,000 stimulus checks.”
Biden has previously been slammed for going back on $2,000 checksCredit: AFP or licensors
Biden’s speech came just hours after he hailed the “chance to do something big” on Friday.
The new plan has been passed in Senate in a “giant first step” to giving Americans aid.
Later that day, the House agreed with the Senate on the new budget.
Speaking on Friday morning, Biden said: “The one thing we learned is we can’t do too much here, but we can do too little.
“Real live people are hurting and we can fix it. We’ve got a chance to do something big here.”
Vice-President Kamala Harris broke the political deadlockCredit: Alamy Live News
The 78-year-old president also revealed he was looking forward to “sitting down” with Peter DeFazio, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, according to reports.
At the end of about 15 hours of debate and back-to-back votes on dozens of amendments, the Senate found itself in a 50-50 partisan deadlock over passage of the budget plan.
That deadlock was broken by Vice President Kamala Harris early Friday morning, whose “yes” vote provided the win for Democrats.
“On this vote, the yeas for 50. The nays are 50,” Harris said at the close of the session.
“The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative and the concurrent resolution, as amended, is adopted.”
The 78-year-old president said on Friday he was looking forward to sitting with Peter DefazioCredit: AP:Associated Press
Schumer stated: “This was a giant first step, a step in concord.
“And we’re so grateful that President Biden put together a plan with input from so many of us, from both sides of the aisle, to bring America back, to overcome this horrible crisis.”
Shortly before the final vote, Democrats flexed their muscle by offering an amendment reversing three earlier votes that Republicans won.
Those had used the coronavirus aid battle to voice support for the Canada-to-United States Keystone XL pipeline that Biden has blocked and support for hydraulic fracking to extract underground oil and natural gas.
The $1,400 stimulus checks have now been passed
President Joe Biden’s drive to enact a $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill gained momentum
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the successful budget vote a ‘giant first step’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Also overturned was a Republican amendment barring coronavirus aid to immigrants living in the United States illegally.
With Democrat Harris presiding, she broke a 50-50 tie to overturn those Republican victories.
It marked the first time Harris, in her role as president of the Senate, cast a tie-breaking vote after being sworn in as Biden’s vice president on January 20.
Before finishing its work, the Senate approved a series of amendments to the budget outline, which had already passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
As a result, the House must now vote again to accept the Senate’s changes, which could occur as early as Friday.
For example, the Senate added a measure calling for increased funding for rural hospitals whose resources are strained by the pandemic.
But as the hours wore on and dozens of amendments were offered, exhausted senators mainly spent the night disposing of Republican ideas, such as ending all US foreign aid and prohibiting Congress from expanding the US Supreme Court beyond its current nine justices.