California lawmakers passed a bill that approved a $600 economic stimulus check for nearly 5.7 million people on Monday. In doing so, they defeated U.S. lawmakers, who have yet to approve a plan to issue $1,400 in stimulus checks to U.S. residents in need.
California’s check is part of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $9.6 billion stimulus plan, which aims to help the state recover from the COVID-related recession. He and legislative leaders announced the plan last Wednesday. Newsom is expected to sign the bill into law by Tuesday.
A check for $600 will be provided to Californians who are eligible for an income tax credit (EITC). Typically, such Californians have an annual income of less than $30,000.
People with an annual income of less than US$75,000 and using a personal taxpayer identification number to pay taxes will also receive another check for US$600. According to ABC News, this group includes people who do not have a social security number, some of whom are immigrants, and have not received the $1
Some Californians will belong to both groups, so they will receive a total of $1,200.
Newsom said in a statement last Wednesday that these families will provide them with payment shortly after submitting their 2020 tax returns.
In contrast, the US Congress is still considering a $1,400 stimulus check as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan.
The check itself has caused controversy among members of Congress, and some Republicans say the cost of direct payment is too high.
On Friday, Democrats in the House of Representatives released the full text of their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, which includes a direct cash payment of $1,400 for eligible Americans.
But in an email sent to representatives of the Republican House of Representatives last week, New Orleans House Republican minority whip Steve Scalise urged party members to vote against the bill. In any case, the bill is likely to be approved by the Democratic-led House of Representatives.
Although the plan lacks Republican support in the Senate, Democratic leaders said they may use the budget settlement process to pass the bill without Republican support. Doing so will bypass the opposition in the Senate and pass the bill with a simple majority vote.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (Nancy Pelosi) stated that Congress will “pass a check for $1,400 by the end of February.” Biden said, “Once Congress passes my legislation, the check will come.”
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