JOE BIDEN has vowed to get Americans their $1,400 stimulus checks – as soon as Congress passes his legislation.
The president said he remains determined to give a boost to “working class and middle class folk” as part of his $1.9trillion Covid bill.
President Joe Biden said during a Twitter Q&A that he wanted to deliver stimulus check as soon as the bill gets through Congress
The stimulus check is to help struggling Americans during the pandemicCredit: Getty Images – Getty
He answered questions as part of a Twitter Q&A released on Friday as Congress continues to work on payments to the American people.
“We committed to you, Democrat and Republican, a $2,000 stimulus check. $600 came forward last time around. Another $1,400 will be coming.”
The stimulus bills are part of a package to help communities that have been harmed as a result of the Covid pandemic.
But the payments have attracted controversy, with some Republicans saying the scheme is too costly.
Biden has defended the high price of the payments, saying “now is the time to go big.”
He said during a CNN town hall last week: “I’m committed to pass – look, here’s – some of you are probably economists or college professors or you’re teaching in school.
“There is consensus among economists, left, right, and center, that overwhelming consensus is in order to grow the economy, we can’t spend too much,” Biden said.
Biden answered questions from Twitter users on the stimulus checks, vaccines, and coffee
Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, is spearheading efforts to get legislation through CongressCredit: AP:Associated Press
He added: “Now is the time we should be spending. Now is the time to go big.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House hopes to green-light the package “as soon as possible” before the March 14 deadline.
Democrats are set to fast-track the scheme through budget reconciliation, a process which does not require any Republican support.
Due to the current 50-50 partisan split in the chamber, a single Democrat voting against it would scupper the bill’s approval.