PRESIDENT Joe Biden has been slammed for a delay in $1,400 stimulus checks after promising to send out $2,000 payments "immediately."
While campaigning for the Georgia Senate race, Biden promised that electing Democratic candidates would mean speedy stimulus payments.
The president is now getting heat because more than a month after Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were elected to the Senate, and weeks after Biden himself was sworn in, there has still been no decision on the checks.
The now-president also promised that if the two Democratic Senate candidates lost to the incumbent Republicans, stimulus checks would "never get there."
Last week, former Ohio Sen Nina Turner took to Twitter to slam the delay.
"It's been 42 days since we installed a new Congress. It's time the American People got their $2,000 checks," she wrote.
Yesterday, she updated the number with a second tweet: "44 Days."
Biden's proposed $1.9trillion Covid relief package includes the $1,400 payments for eligible Americans, but there has been some debate on how to work out who is eligible.
The bill also still needs approval from the House and the Senate, which are both scheduled to be on recess through February 22.
As a result, lawmakers will not be actively working to pass Biden’s relief package until next week at the earliest.
The delay comes just days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the House planned to approve the $1.9trillion package "as soon as possible."
Pelosi said that the goal is to have to bill approved by the end of February.
Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders has also been vocal about getting the next relief package passed quickly.
"Maybe – just maybe – instead of listening to the billionaire class we should pass the relief the American people are demanding and desperately need," Sanders tweeted last week.
"That's what Democrats promised, and that's exactly what we must do. Let's get it done."
There is still some question about where the new bill will cap the wages for those eligible for the next round of stimulus checks.
Under the Democrats' proposal, individuals earning below $75,000 would receive the full $1,400 payment and couples earning below $150,000 would be entitled to receive $2,800.
If the bill is passed and everything goes according to plan, Biden is set to sign it in March.
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