Congress set to decide on sending more stimulus checks out to Americans this year, White House says

CONGRESS will decide whether or not to send hard-hit Americans more stimulus checks this year, the White House says.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Jen Psaki told reporters that more relief payments would be an expensive measure for the federal government.


"We'll see what members of Congress propose, but those are not free," she said, touting the overhauled child tax credit in Biden's stimulus plan.

This increased the amount to $3,600 for each child aged five and under, while parents of six to 17 year-olds would get $,3000 per child.

Biden's $1.8 trillion economic plan stipulates that child allowance will continue through 2025.

Psaki continued: "If passed, the families of tens of millions of children will continue to get regular payments.

"Obviously, we're continuing to evaluate what their needs are — to continue to get the pandemic under control, put people back to work, but we think that's a proposal with a long-term benefit."

In March, the huge relief package included a round of $1,400 stimulus checks for people earning $75,000 and below, as well as couples who make under $150,000 a year.


But people who make $80,000 were ineligible to receive it – likewise, couples who are making $160,000 per annum.

The $1,400 payment followed two payments of $1,200 and $600 sent out to people last year.

Earlier this year, moderate Democrats pushed to cut off eligibility for wealthier Americans who kept their jobs while receiving the payment.

Biden agreed with this but members of the Republican Party appear to be against sending out the fourth payment as a result of the cost and the resulting debt.

Nevertheless, liberal lawmakers, like Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are demanding reoccurring stimulus checks until the Covid-19 crisis is over

Additionally, the Economic Security Project said fourth and fifth direct payments would keep 12 million people out of poverty in the wake of the pandemic.

Some members of the Democratic Party are concerned with Biden's big spending plans and are concerned it could cost the party the House next year.

One Dem strategist told The Hill: “I can see the ads now: ‘Joe Biden the $6 trillion dollar man.' Most Americans want the government to work but spending $6 trillion doesn’t make political sense.”

“Democrats are like kids being given the keys to the candy store right now,” agreed another. “We have all this candy, and we’ll worry about the stomach ache later.”

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