Republicans call for $1,000 stimulus checks, big reduction in eligibility

Republicans call for $1,000 stimulus checks, big reduction in eligibility

"We need to be sure this is targeted".

This shows the president's desire to "make a clean and aggressive break with the Trump administration", says Ali Noorani, president and CEO of the National Immigration Forum.

Biden continued to maintain that Trump issued executive orders that were "very counterproductive to our security, counterproductive to our country" as he signed the orders at the White House, saying his efforts seek to "re-establish our reputation as being a haven for people in need".

The size of the checks would also be narrowed, to $1,000 from $1,400. The Republican compromise package calls for $500 checks for "dependent adults and children".

Meeting later with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and top Senate Democrats in the Oval Office, the president expressed confidence Wednesday that the relief would still win over GOP votes be bipartisan. Money for vaccine distributions, direct payments to households, school reopenings and business aid are at stake.

The president told House Democrats in a conference call that he does not want to begin his presidency with a broken promise on delivering relief, said a House Democratic aide. "Never get me closer than 17 feet, because it really is a matter of the public trust". The House is voting Wednesday on its version as well. That figure is unlikely to be attained, however, especially since Republican and some moderate Democrats, most prominently Manchin, have expressed concerns about the impact that expanded environmental regulations will have on jobs.

Both Biden and Yellen recalled the lessons of the government response to the 2009 financial crisis, which some have since said was inadequate as conditions worsened.

The president met with a group of 10 Republican senators led by Sen.

Mitch McConnell took aim at Democrats for their hardball approach to passing more stimulus.

McConnell said this method meant the Democrats had "chosen a totally partisan path", according to the Associated Press, adding: "That's unfortunate".

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"I am happy to report this morning that the leadership of both parties have finalized the organizing resolution for the Senate".

But from there, the two plans drastically diverge.

Republican lawmakers can propose an unlimited number of amendments for legislators' consideration. But that's a lower percentage than any other state, tied with MA.

The GOP's $1,000 direct payments would go to fewer people - those earning up to $40,000 a year, or $80,000 for couples.

Still, Biden's apparent concession on withholding $1,400 checks for Americans above an as-yet-to-be-specified income level is a sign that the White House is prepared to reach a compromise with Republicans in the Senate.

The proposal would also offer permanent protection for young migrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, known as "Dreamers". But gone are Democratic priorities such as a gradual lifting of the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

At the moment, one of the obstacles standing in the way of the majority rule is the filibuster, which requires a three-fifths vote-usually 60 votes-to end debate on legislation.

The 100-seat Senate is divided 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote to give Democrats the majority.

Even though Schumer faces an uncertain political terrain in the Senate, his position appears in line with that of the White House.

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