President Biden’s Stimulus Package Faces Bipartisan Skepticism

President Joe Biden wants to send Americans who earn less than $75,000 per year another stimulus check payment of $1,400. Deficit-weary Republican senators and some moderate Democrats like Joe Manchin of West Virginia have already gone on record that he does “absolutely not” support including the additional payment in any relief deal.

Sounding more like a fiscal conservative, Senator Manchin asked, “How is the money that we invest now going to help us best to get jobs back and get people employed…I can’t tell you that sending another check out is gonna do that to a person that’s already got a check.”

There is no agreement yet on what the next round of stimulus check eligibility will be. If it follows last year’s plan, eligibility would taper off for individuals who earn $75,000 ($150,000 for families) per year.

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) wondered why families making $300,000 should also be eligible for the payment. That high threshold kicks in for families with multiple children. Those families could receive some stimulus money, even if they have not suffered financial setback.

Said Collins, “At least in my state, if you’re a household of five people with an income in excess of $300,000, it’s unlikely that you’ve been financially harmed by the pandemic. Whereas, lower-income workers and small businesses in the hospitality industry have been devastated.”

It all began when lawmakers in both parties lobbied National Economic Council Director Brian Deese for a “more targeted” relief bill. Key centrist lawmakers of both parties raised questions not only about the new round of $1,400 stimulus checks, but demanded justification for the billions for other purposes—e.g., $130 billion for schools. What about the $4 trillion that Congress has spent so for, not to mention the $900 billion approved in December?

There are, according to Senator Collins “still a lot of unanswered questions, most notably, how did the administration come up with 1.9 trillion dollars required, given that our figures show that there’s still about $1.8 trillion left to be spent?”

What is certain is that unless the Biden administration makes some eligibility changes, the Senate won’t be able to muster the filibuster-proof 60 votes to pass the measure. The Senate could invoke the budget reconciliation process, which only requires a majority 51 votes. Just one defection — Democrat Senator Manchin, for example — would torpedo the plan if Republicans hold ranks.

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) described the nearly $2 trillion price tag of President Biden’s plan as “pretty shocking.” Other GOP resistance is to increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Meanwhile, progressives in the House are unhappy over the $1,400 stimulus check in the Biden package. They want the full $2,000 payment that President Biden promised. In fact, Biden weighed in on the full $2,000 amount just before the Georgia senate runoffs. Biden told Georgia voters that if they sent the Democrat candidates to Washington, “those $2,000 checks will go out the door.”

What may have gone “out the door” was the first in a series of promises that President Biden won’t be able to keep.

38 thoughts on “President Biden’s Stimulus Package Faces Bipartisan Skepticism”

      1. Oh. I agree. This guy has lied so much an these people who put him there are to blame for all this disruption in the country

  1. I honestly do not think American’s need the 2,000. Stimulus Checks right now. They need you to Lift the Curfew’s! Open up All the States! Make “LOANS” available to folks who own a Business? Or plan to start a business. No more hand outs! America needs a Leg Up! Not a Hand-Out? …. JOBS. … No money to the States who allowed their citizens to burn them down. Nope, not a dime. Did you see how fast we can get 25,000 thousand NATIONAL GUARD into position in AMERICA? Well? All of The Democratic MAYOR’S and GOVERNOR’S could have called in the NATIONAL GUARD? … Why Not? … The Pipeline Nixed? Ouch! … The Border about to be hit like Grant Took Richmond? Our NATIONAL GUARD Sits on their Rear-ends in WASHINGTON? Why? No one came to any Capitol’s. If you want to call Trump Supporter’s Domestic Terrorist’s? With only one incident under their belt’s? … Maybe, we need to call ANTIFA and BLM Domestic Terrorists? They have done much more damage. They HATE the DEMOCRATS TOO? …. This New Administration Looks Like A Run-Away Stage Coach going in the WRONG DIRECTION. … When just a touch of COMMON SENSE we can turn this thing around. AMERICAN’S Like To WORK! They Like To EARN A PAYCHECK! It is humiliating. = meaning; Causing someone to feel ashamed and foolish by injuring their dignity and self-respect. … Joe please snap out of it and save us. Amen

    1. They don’t need a handout, they need the government to get out of the way. It is not a stimulus while crazy mayors and governors have restrictions on business operations. It’s like driving a car with your foot on the break. Providing bailout money to states is also part of the plan. I don’t want my tax money going to poorly run states. Dems talk about accountability! Time to hold these states accountable for their actions. They continue to elect idiots that put in place policies that bankrupt their state. Let them sink. Like Obama said, elections have consequences. I want to vote for mayors/governors of these states if my money goes to bailing them out.

      1. The country is transitioning to a point where there will be no need for an electorate or judicial system. Big tech/media is doing it to themselves as well.

    2. yeah Right, tell that to the hundreds NO make those thousands of people that are facing losing their homes, electricity, or no food, not to mention people that live in the northern parts that need the money for oil for Heat, etc. you sure they do not need the money NOW!! ?? Of course, they do and it should be a monthly thing not when they feel it to be necessary. They live in a home which we pay for, insurance which we pay for, food which we pay for, Heat which we pay for. Good Health Insurance which we pay for. Now we need some of that money back to help us. not some foreign place doing stem research or why bugs do not like the cold!! but us the American people.

      1. You couldn’t have said it better. They still get paid no matter what. If they didn’t any money there would be more action.

    3. I believe there are people like myself that could use the help making only under 20,000 a year and working thru this pandemic to get caught up on some repairs on furnace and for roof. Living paycheck to paycheck.

  2. Some of the stimulus checks go to foreign countries like China. People who worked in the US and filed their tax in the past regardless where they are now get the check, too.
    Biden is ignorant about economy. He just wants to sound good.

    1. You get what you ask for no complaining now you put those to nut in the chair. Now. Now you have to live with it for the next four years.

      1. You have that right Nancy, the people who put him in office, as we who didn’t, are going to regret having him and Nancy and a few more in the office now. I didn’t put him there. I wanted President Trump.

  3. All ya’ll asked for it, with unbridled stupidity. We had the best president in the 120+years and you sent in the clowns.

      1. I wholeheartedly agree. It is an insult to the intelligence of the American people to have an incompetent man such as Joe Biden in the position of such a crucial position. In my opinion,He will start a civil war, and bankrupt our country. Donald J Trump is my President!

    1. I agree with you Richard, we HAD the best President and they sent in the clowns that are going to bring America down, I hope this makes them happy. All is did was make a broken promise, the $2000.00 check to get votes, and the sucker’s fell for it. Our America is going to change for the worse now.

    2. You nailed it Richard I am 71 and the only President to even come close to TRUMP was REAGAN, TRUMP kept his promises even with all the crap thrown at him by lefties and liberals, now because Liberals voted with their feelings instead of their brains WE THE PEOPLE along with them are going to suffer the indignities of a bunch of irrational jackasses who are going to ruin our LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS for DEATH, SUBJUGATION AND THE PURSUIT OF DESPAIR, I hope we can survive their ignorant stupidity!!!

  4. You are si right. D.C. is an all clown circus. We were encouraged by Trumps presidency, that we could get our country back on top. America first, 1776 education, jobs, patriotism. Trump stands for all of that and more. And I stand for him. God help us all.

    1. Eileen, you are soooo right! Those idiots that fought so hard to rid our country of President Trump’s “deranged, despotic racist, policies” which gave America a booming economy, fuel independence and a world leader in international government!, unemployment of lowest levels in decades and lower taxes. Oh my! Boy! Are they happy now that we have “Sleepy, creepy Joe Biden” at the helm!!
      You utter morons! I hope you will enjoy the fruits of your labors! Biden and his ilk will run this country into the ground! You all deserve the fate awaiting your children and their children! I hope history reveals that your greed and sheer stupidity (not ignorance) ROBBED them of a bright future!

  5. Biden has done NOTHING but killed JOBS! I’M on Medicare and I didn’t get the 600$ ! So how do I suppose to pay all my bills? LOST part time job! This sound like a big push toward SOCIALIST! Why don’t they cut out the million dollar to these big TECH AND PHARMA ALONG with Planned Parenthood? There companies don’t deserve anything! Oh, why not cut off the PAY TO THESE CONGRESS TIL THEY OPEN THE COUNTRY BACK UP!

    1. YES AND YES I too need help as I am cut off I have to miss meds as I cannot buy them with no fund
      I for send all DNC to HELL on a one-way ticket on a 30;06 round

  6. This is getting absolutely rediculous! Just keep printing money and giving it to the lazy worthless people. We need to target the businesses that have had the greatest impact, and not just minority owned businesses. White owned businesses also employ minorities but will get no help. I thought equal rights was for all not based on RACE, RELIGION, or POLITICAL PARTY!
    A $15 minimum wage might be ok in New York and California but not in the Midwest. Any employer paying $10 an hour will now need to lay off every 3d employee just to break even. More unemployment! Then talking about unemployment…. People are not returning to work because they are making more by staying home. Don’t make it a big bonus for not working!
    “NOT MY PRESIDENT” JOE BIDEN is out to ruin our Country and must be stopped!

    1. Trudy, what good is a $15.00 raise if there are no Jobs due to this Pandemic and closing the country? what about people that cannot afford Heating Oil for their homes? or food for their Families? there should be a stimulus check every Month, not just when they feel like given it. Let’s face it it is our money they are using, to begin with. start cutting their salaries, and travel. STOP sending millions to other nations for Stem research or whatever they want it for Let their country pay for it not us!! and mostly MAKE Communist CHINA Pay for what they caused to us and our families. and stop kissing their butts Biden and being their best friend. We need these stimulus checks every month NOT when you think we do. start acting like a president.

  7. I don’t know anyone that wasn’t impacted financially by this epidemic, even if you did work through it. Everything has gone up. You are helping out Family, Friends or Neighbors. Believe me $600 just didn’t go very far. And we are all still in the same boat.

    1. Everything is going just like I thought it would, with Biden in charge. He’s going to ruin our economy, relations with foreign countries, put more people on unemployment and welfare. The only thing his mind is on, is undoing everything good that President Trump has done for America! That will be his legacy!!! Hope he is removed from office before he does any more harm. How does he think a business can pay $15 per hour to students and people who are not qualified for higher paying jobs. He will be cutting them out of a job. If he keeps passing out stimulus checks, no one will be going back to work. In our area, you. see so many businesses trying to hire help, but people are not applying for the jobs, they are making more by staying at home, except they are not staying at home!!!

    1. Yes living on Social Security is very hard to live on. I am just making it by a hair. And now we have prices being gouged by all of the companies. I use to pay about $5.59 for a can of Lysol and every place I went they wanted $15.99, of course I could not afford to buy it, even the price of food is making me eat crap food, but ya got to live. I think we deserve that $2000.00 check, not the rich but for us poor. Biden is not my president.

  8. And why did the counting stop in all the swing states.????? Why oh why did we get this scamdemic right before the election that was a guarantee for a man who kept just about every promise. And now suddenly he is the boogey man in Washington stirring up riots while all the RATS who called for real violence get a nod and a pass with the excuse this is righteous anger. Well, Judgment Seat is coming sooner than later for all the old folks home people who are the staunch leaders of these demonic pretensed ideas of democracy. Everything hidden is coming to the light and all will be revealed in truth before His Second Coming. Repent.

  9. Where do I start, first round of C19DRFs actually caused many to lose their jobs, paying the most wealthy far more money than they ever could have made if their businesses had continued operating at or close to full capacity, close them down, restructure, permanently lay of (i.e.) fire 100s of 1,000s of workers and then take the 90% of the total amount of Monopoly money printed up by the Fed. and invest it in shares of stock that would yield them far more money, possibly oil, precious gemstones, or metals, $60,000,000,000 to the U.S. Airline industry alone during round 1, who knows how much the Cruise Lines, major hotel and restaurant chains received.

    Onto round 2 of the C19DRFs, I heard the U.S.C.P. was going to bless the U.S. Airline industry with another $20,000,000,000, then you have the money the members of the U.S.C.P. were going to reimburse their largest doners for at least the past 5 years, charity to foreign nations, and of course their working poor taxpayer funded organizations of the twisted minded such as the National Endowment For The Performing Arts.

    Stop the whining for those who had no business running businesses, who were they kidding if your labor force is not at least 10,000 people in the U.S. alone your chances of surviving for more than 2 or 3 decades is very slim.
    As I have said more than once, those who had to endure through solely surviving on an insult pittance in Social Security or Disability Entitlement benefits even preceding the invasion of the Covid-19 disease found it far more difficult to do so when the deceit disseminating members of the U.S.C.P., Farci included, the U.S.C.Ps. mouthpiece deceit disseminating data source Bobblehead commentators and fantasy writers spread all those lies about the lethality of Covid-19.
    Those lies spread by the prior mentioned caused the psychotic Progressives to hoard shop depleting the supply of every day necessities and driving up the cost of living by at least 3.5% and not the 1.2 or 1.25% the wealthy controlled CPI claim it increased by, which is why at least 90% of that $4,000,000,000,000 should have went to those who do solely rely on Social Security or Disability Entitlement benefits.

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