STIMULUS checks could face more delays as a Senator wants all the 700 pages of Joe Biden’s Covid relief bill read out before approval.
The move proposed by US Senator Ron Johnson could delay the vote the new stimulus package by as much as 10 hours.
Senator Ron Johnson wants all the 700 pages of the bill read out before approvalCredit: AP:Associated Press
Democrats had hoped to pass the bill by the end of this weekCredit: Getty Images – Getty
While speaking on The Vicki McKenna Show, the Republican said he plans to force Senate clerks to read out the entire $1.9 trillion bill – which is 600-700 pages long – on the Senate floor.
Johnson said on the radio program he wants to ensure that “every member of the Senate would have time to read it”.
He added this will “highlight that this is not relief and that it’s a Democratic boondoggle”.
Johnson said he is prepared to continue to slow down the approval procedure by introducing amendments to the bill, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Senator reportedly hopes to bring the price tag of the bill down by cutting some parts of it.
He said Wednesday: “This isn’t a COVID relief really, this is a Democrat wish list, setting things up for a more socialist society.
“And it needs to be resisted. And I’m going to lead the effort to resistance, starting today.”
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin criticized Johnson and his delay tactics, saying Americans shouldn’t have to continue to wait for help.
Joe Biden’s bill includes $1,400 checks for adults earning up to $75,000Credit: The Mega Agency
Senator Ben Cardon, a Maryland Democrat, said the delay should not have a very large impact on the passage of the bill.
He said: “I don’t think there’s a problem with it. I just feel sorry for the reading clerk.”
Senate Minority Whip John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, said the reading will take place at the opening of the bill and will be on top of the 20 hours allowed for debate on legislation.
The 100-seat Senate, where control is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, needs to approve Joe Biden‘s $1.9trillion relief package before all the details are finalized.
Under the plan, individuals earning up to $75,000 per year and couples making up to $150,000 per year would qualify for the full $1,400 payment.
Democrats had hoped to pass the latest relief bill by the end of the week.
Joe Biden’s plan includes money to reopen schools, help with the Covid vaccine rollout, boosts in unemployment pay and other assistance for families.
Once the Senate votes on the bill, the House would have to sign off on any changes before Biden can sign it into law.
Who qualifies for stimulus checks
Americans earning up to $75,000 will receive $1,400 each, plus $1,400 for each dependent.
This also applies to married couples earning up to $150,000.
For example, an eligible family of four will receive $5,600.
The payments are based on either 2019 or 2020 income.
Dependents include college students, disabled adults and elderly people.
Overall, about 280 million Americans would be eligible for stimulus payments, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
Individuals earning an AGI (adjusted gross income) over $100,000 per year and couples earning over $200,000 will not receive a check.