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Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington expressed her opposition to lowering the income threshold for the next round of stimulus check during a Sunday appearance on's State of the Union.
Host Dana Bash asked Jayapal if the income limit needed to stay at $75,000, or would it be alright if it was lowered, since Presidentsuggested that he's willing to negotiate who receives direct payments.
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Jayapal responded by saying the threshold must stay the same.
"It has to. If you raise those income thresholds, you will cut out 40 million Americans who got a relief check underwho won't get a relief check under Joe Biden," Jayapal said. "That doesn't make any political sense to me."
Jayapal then noted that the stimulus checks should be based on a person's most recent income instead of their income before the coronavirus pandemic.
"If you really wanted to target these checks, you would have recent income numbers," Jayapal said, noting that for most people income eligibility has been based on 2019 numbers even though "tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs in 2020."
"These income thresholds need to stay the same," Jayapal added. "We have people who are suffering...We need to get money in people's pockets, and this is the quickest way to do that."
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Someand moderate have raised concerns that Americans who have not been economically disadvantaged by the coronavirus pandemic received the first and second round of stimulus checks.
These lawmakers suggested that the third round of direct payments should be more targeted, going to individuals earning $50,000 or less and couples making up to $100,000, instead of the $75,000 and $150,000, respectively, that was previously done.
Progressives havefor his willingness to discuss lowering the income threshold.
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Jayapal, who, said lawmakers needed to fulfill their promise to provide direct payments in a tweet on February 6.
"We promised people that if we won the, we would send out a $2,000 survival check. They delivered us to victory—and now we must deliver," Jayapal wrote. "Targeting checks to a smaller group fails to do that. People need help like never before, and we must put money in their pockets."
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We asked Americans around the country how they would spend a third round of $1,400 stimulus checks if the new relief bill passes.Lost family. Lost jobs. Lost hope.
We promised people that if we won the Senate, we would send out $2,000 survival checks. They delivered us to victory—and now we MUST deliver.
“Targeting” checks to a smaller group fails to do that. People need help like never before, and we must put money in their pockets.— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) February 6, 2021
Senatorof Vermont shared Jayapal's viewpoint.
"I strongly oppose lowering income eligibility for direct payments from $75,000 to $50,000 for individuals and $150,000 to $100,000 for couples," Sanders wrote in a February 6 tweet. "In these difficult times, all working class people deserve the full $1,400. Last I heard, someone making $55,000 a year is not 'rich.'"
I strongly oppose lowering income eligibility for direct payments from $75,000 to $50,000 for individuals and $150,000 to $100,000 for couples. In these difficult times, ALL working class people deserve the full $1,400. Last I heard, someone making $55,000 a year is not "rich."— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 7, 2021
Newsweek reached out to Jayapal's office, but didn't hear back in time for publication.
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Sen. Joe Manchin is in favor of lowering the income threshold for those receiving $14,000 relief checks.The House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan by a vote to 219 to 212 in the early hours of Saturday. The bill contains $1,400 checks and an increase in the federal minimum wage, though this will likely be stripped out in the Senate.