House will vote on $1,400 stimulus checks next week meaning you could get your payment in February

SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi has said that the US House will vote on $1,400 stimulus checks next week, meaning you could get your payment in February.

The House is working to finish a stimulus bill that would include the $1,400 direct payment, enhanced unemployment benefits and aid to state and local governments.

Pelosi said the fast-tracked bill should be ready for a vote of the full House next week.

The bill is expected to cost around $1.9 trillion, which is being pushed as a part of President Biden's first 100 days in the White House.

The new Senate Majority Leader, pushed hard for the CASH Act and will to do so again for a new stimulus check bill. 

Schumer said: "One of the first things that I want to do is deliver the $2,000 checks to the American families." 

With a stand-alone bill, that could happen relatively quickly – perhaps within a week or so. 

The IRS could then start sending out new payments in a matter of days (as they did with the second round of stimulus checks). 

That would potentially put third-round stimulus money in people's pockets by early February.

However, a bipartisan group of senators is pushing back on a stimulus package due to the high price tag.

According to a report from Politico the group of 16 senators, led by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, held a Zoom call with Biden administration members on Sunday. 

The publication reported that the senators believed the $1,400 should be reserved for Americans who are on low-incomes. 

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, who was on the call Sunday, said the participants agreed “that the more targeted the aid is the more effective it can be”, according to Associated Press. 

Other senators agreed that the focus of the bill should be speeding up vaccine distribution and COVID-19 testing and tracing.

“This isn’t Monopoly money’, Senator Angus King said.

“There was not a hint of cynicism or lack of commitment to at least trying to work something out.

“If they were just trying to jam this through, I don’t think it would have interrupted the Packers game.’’

Many Senate Republicans have spoken publicly of their opposition to the cost of the proposed bill, with some going as far as calling the proposed legislation a “non-starter.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said today that Biden "has been personally engaging and engaging with Democrats and Republicans" on stimulus bill.

"We're not going to read out all those calls for you because those are private conversations and we feel that's the most effective way to get this package moving forward."

PunchBowl News reported today that House Dems are considering passing legislation next week w new vaccine money/direct payments — a chance to put some points on the board.

They now believe that COVID-19 deal won't come together until March.

The move could spell disaster, with vaccine rollout needed after the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory says it has discovered the state's first known Nevada case of the new B.1.1.7 coronavirus strain. 

The new Covid strain first emerged in the UK back in autumn 2020 and has become highly prevalent in certain geographical regions according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Dr Anthony Fauci has already warned that the UK’s "super-Covid" strain is more deadly after viewing new data on mutations.

But Moderna eased concerns today by saying its jabs would still protect people from the coronavirus variants that have emerged.

Speaking to Today, Dr Fauci, said: “The data has not come out officially but taking a look at the preliminary data that the UK scientists have analyzed,

"I'm pretty convinced that there is a degree of increase in the seriousness of the actual infection which we really have to keep an eye on."

But he said he was more concerned about the South African variant because it could make antibodies and vaccines less effective. 

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