Biden blocks '16MILLION' Americans from getting a $1,400 stimulus check after bowing to pressure from Dems

PRESIDENT Biden has blocked 16million Americans from getting $1,400 stimulus checks after bowing to pressure from moderate Democrats.

Biden approved a lower income cap, $80,000 for individuals and $160,000 for married couples, for the next round of stimulus checks on Wednesday.


Previous stimulus checks began phasing out at $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples, but people who made up to $100,000 and couples who made up to $200,000 still received smaller checks.

An analysis from the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy estimated that more than 16million Americans will now not be eligible for the next round of checks.

Still, the amended Senate bill would benefit 86% of adults and 85% of children, according to the analysis.

By contrast, before the Senate adjusted the income limits and Biden gave his blessing, 91% of American adults and 90% of children would have benefitted from the next stimulus package.

Biden's move to lower the cap comes after pushback from moderate Democrats in the Senate, who wanted to cut aid to higher earning Americans.

West Virginia Sen Joe Manchin – who supported lowering the income cap for the next stimulus check – also supports reducing unemployment benefits in the package.

As of now, the package includes extending the additional $400 benefit through the end of August, but Manchin supports a $300 benefit that would expire earlier in the summer, according to Business Insider.

The decision to lower the income cap was met with heavy criticism from more progressive Democrats, who pointed out that the relief package would provide cash to fewer Americans than the Trump administration did.

"Conservative Dems have fought so the Biden admin sends fewer & less generous relief checks than the Trump admin did," New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday.

"It’s a move that makes little-to-no political or economic sense, and targets an element of relief that is most tangibly felt by everyday people. An own-goal."

She followed up by saying left wingers have a "responsibility to show people in this country what a Democratic majority can do for working people."

The Senate has indicated that they will vote on the amended package this week.

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