Who would get stimulus checks under the $2.2 trillion relief plan?

Eldis Sula
October 02, 2020 - 4:11 pm

    About a month out from Election Day, Americans are still wondering whether they will get a second stimulus check.

    On Thursday night, House Democrats passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill — an updated version of the HEROES Act — despite there being no agreement on a deal between the House and the Trump administration, CNBC reports.

    With the uncertain state of another COVID-19 relief package further thrown into question by the president and first lady’s positive diagnosis for the virus, it is unclear what the next steps will be, or when or if a new deal will be reached.

    Here are a few things we already do know about another possible stimulus check.

    Who would get a stimulus check under the new HEROES Act?

    A second stimulus check under House Democrats’ HEROES Act would go to the same people who received one under the massive CARES Act, reports CBS News.

    The qualifications would mirror those of March’s bill, namely:

    —Single taxpayers with incomes of up to $75,000 would receive $1,200
    —Married taxpayers with incomes of up to $150,000 would receive $2,400
    —An additional $500 for each dependent

    After these thresholds, payments would decrease for incomes up to $99,000 for single taxpayers or $198,000 for married couples.

    What about unemployment?

    The new bill would also restore the $600 in monthly unemployment benefits issued under the CARES Act.

    The unemployment payments under the revised HEROES Act would be issued retroactively from Sept. 6 through January 31.

    What else is included?

    In addition to a second stimulus check and more unemployment benefits, these are some other forms of coronavirus aid included in the bill.

    —$225 billion in education funding, with $182 billion for K-12 schools and about $39 billion for postsecondary education
    —$436 billion in assistance for state, local, and tribal governments
    —$75 billion for COVID-19 testing, tracing, and isolation measures

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