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Biden to put $2,000 stimulus payments back in play

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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An arranged photograph of a United States Federal Government Coronavirus stimulus check, also known as the 'Economic Impact Payment' in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 24, 2020. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

A $2,000 stimulus check is expected to be included in a $2 trillion Covid relief plan that President-elect Joe Biden is set to unveil Thursday evening.

An economic package passed by Congress in December provided for fresh $600 stimulus payments despite calls from politicians on both sides of the aisle for bigger checks.

Congress included payments of $1,200 in its initial stimulus when shutdowns because of the coronavirus began last spring.

Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley both pushed to increase the amount of the new payments, and President Donald Trump also came out in support of $2,000 checks -- though he adopted that stance after leaving negotiations up to lawmakers and his Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York has said that one of the first bills he'd like to pass once he becomes Senate majority leader would raise stimulus payments to $2,000.

Those eligible for the stimulus payments may not get a new $2,000 payment.

Instead, they may receive $1,400 that tops off the $600 payments that began going out earlier this month -- for a total of $2,000.

In a letter to his Democratic colleagues sent this week, Schumer indicated that he is planning on payments that would increase the total payout to $2,000.

"Democrats wanted to do much more in the last bill and promised to do more, if given the opportunity, to increase direct payments to a total of $2,000," he wrote.

Eligibility for the $600 payments is largely based on income.

The payments start phasing out for people making more money, at a rate of $5 per $100 of additional income.

Undocumented immigrants who don't have Social Security numbers are ineligible for the payments.

But in a change from the first round, which was sent last spring, their spouses and children are now eligible as long as they have Social Security numbers.

During the first round, the federal government sent $1,200 payments to eligible Americans.

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