Move to advance COVID-19 relief bill could result in Senate vote today

President Joe Biden and Democrats have agreed to tighten the eligibility limits for stimulus checks as the bill faces a tougher test in the Senate.

News 12 Staff

Mar 4, 2021, 11:12 AM

Updated 1,233 days ago

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Changes are being made to the coronavirus relief bill in Congress, and they could affect the benefits many receive.  
President Joe Biden and Democrats have agreed to tighten the eligibility limits for stimulus checks as the bill faces a tougher test in the Senate.
Under the Senate bill, individuals making $80,000 or more and couples earning $160,000 or more would get nothing.
The change means some people who received the last round of $600 relief checks in December wouldn't get anything this time.
However, Democrats have agreed to keep a $400 weekly, emergency unemployment benefit, in the proposal.
The bill however still faces an uncertain future in the evenly divided Senate.
Today, the Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote on the measure, but that could take a while.
One Republican senator says he'll request a full read through of the bill, which could take as a long as 10 hours.


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