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Politics When Will $1,400 Stimulus Checks Come Now That Trump's Impeachment Trial Is Over?

05:00  14 february  2021
05:00  14 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Stimulus Check Eligibility Cut Gains Momentum—Against Public's Wishes

  Stimulus Check Eligibility Cut Gains Momentum—Against Public's Wishes Polling has shown support for criteria to receive relief payments staying the same as well as backing for higher amounts, despite Republicans pushing to shift the goalposts.President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief proposals outline another round of $1,400 direct payments, which would top up the $600 signed off last year to $2,000 for those eligible.

The conclusion of former President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial on Saturday has freed up Congress to focus on delivering President Joe Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, which includes $1,400 stimulus checks. But with the House and Senate on scheduled breaks this week, the process could take longer than many Americans would expect.

a group of people standing in front of a building: A general view of the U.S. Capitol following the conclusion of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. © Brandon Bell/Getty A general view of the U.S. Capitol following the conclusion of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 13, 2021 in Washington, DC.

On Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to approve a portion of Biden's plan, mostly consisting of the $1,400 direct payments, in a 24-18 vote along party lines. The sprawling bill will be voted on piecemeal as the Senate intends to use the budget reconciliation process to bypass Republican opposition and filibuster.

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The legislation now moves to the House Budget Committee, where it will remain until the House reconvenes. Both the House and Senate will return after recess on February 22 to resume working on the package. The proposal is expected to pass through the House in a floor vote before the end of the month. Then, Senate Democrats could approve it without GOP support through reconciliation.

Lawmakers have set March 14 as an unofficial deadline to approve further coronavirus aid, as the federal unemployment benefits under Trump's $900 billion relief package lapses on that date.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last week that Congress will pass the package by the end of this month. She told reporters that she believes the bill will be sent to the Senate in just over a week, allowing for Congress to "finish our work before the end of February."

Trump’s impeachment trial is imminent. GOP senators are working to cast it as a Democratic plot.

  Trump’s impeachment trial is imminent. GOP senators are working to cast it as a Democratic plot. Republicans claim the trial is constitutionally illegitimate. Most scholars disagree.The dismissals and distraction tactics suggest that after a brief period of uncertainty about whether to censure Trump, Republicans are poised to present a fairly united front in rejecting the case that Trump should be convicted for his role in inciting the January 6 insurrection.

However, the eligibility and income thresholds are still to be determined. Under the Democrats' proposal, individuals earning below $75,000 would receive the full $1,400 payment and couples earning below $150,000 would be entitled to receive $2,800. The payments would be reduced for those earning above the caps, before it is phased out completely for those earning over $100,000 and couples earning over $200,000.

With Biden backing the proposal, Democrats have set up for a vote that will allow the plan to be passed without adjustments to accommodate fiscally conservative Republicans.

After the stimulus checks pass Congress, the bill would need to be signed into law, and then it would take the IRS about one week to begin processing.

If Congress passes the bill during the week ending on February 26, then it could be signed into law on March 1, and direct deposits may start turning up during the week of March 8. The paper checks and Economic Impact Payment (EIP) cards would take longer to process. Under that timeline, the IRS could start distributing the paper checks on the week of March 15 and EIP cards on the week of March 22.

Impeachment trial puts Trump back in the spotlight. That might not be a good thing for him

  Impeachment trial puts Trump back in the spotlight. That might not be a good thing for him Prosecutors want to bar Trump from future office and render his support radioactive; backers say impeachment is likely to help him politically.The historic second impeachment trial, which began Tuesday, focuses on accusations that he incited a violent insurrection Jan. 6 with his actions and words before the assault on the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters seeking to overturn the presidential election.

Newsweek reached out to the Treasury Department for further information.

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When Will Donald Trump's Second Impeachment Trial Begin? .
Impeachment trial proceedings begin this week, more than a month after the Capitol riots that triggered the former president's second impeachment in the House.Senators will convene on Capitol Hill at 1 p.m. ET to begin the trial. C-SPAN will livestream the trial, and many major television networks are also expected to cover the proceedings.

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