Democratic Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal joined CNN anchor Dana Bash on “State of the Union” to discuss the ongoing debate over the next coronavirus stimulus package and what she expected to be included in the final bill.
Bash noted that Biden had signaled some flexibility on the income threshold for the next round of direct payments for COVID relief, saying, “President Biden suggested that he’s willing to negotiate on who receives a $1,400 direct payment that is in the legislation.”
Bash asked Jayapal if the income limit needed to stay at $75,000, or would it be alright if it was lowered, since President Joe Biden suggested that he’s willing to negotiate who receives direct payments.
Jayapal responded by saying the threshold must stay the same.
“Does that income limit need to stay at $75,000, or would you be okay with it being a little lower?” Bash asked.
“It has to. If you raise those income thresholds, you will cut out 40 million Americans who got a relief check under Donald Trump who won’t get a relief check under Joe Biden,” Jayapal replied. “That doesn’t make any political sense to me.”
We promised people that if we won the Senate, we would send out $2,000 survival checks. They delivered us to victory—and now we MUST deliver.
“Targeting” checks to a smaller group fails to do that. People need help like never before, and we must put money in their pockets.
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) February 6, 2021
Bernie Sanders agrees:
I strongly oppose lowering income eligibility for direct payments from $75,000 to $50,000 for individuals and $150,000 to $100,000 for couples. In these difficult times, ALL working class people deserve the full $1,400. Last I heard, someone making $55,000 a year is not “rich.”
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 7, 2021