WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — As part of President-elect Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan unveiled this week, most Americans will receive a $1,400 stimulus checks.
Though it’s not the $2,000 many people hoped for, the new direct payment equals the $2,000 figure when combined with $600 stimulus checks that went out earlier this month.
With Democrats in control of the presidency and Congress, the overall plan has a good chance for passage. However, the process may take more time than many Democratic leaders hope. The checks are part of a complex and layered plan that includes increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, expanding paid leave for workers, and increasing tax credits for families with children.
Analysts noted that a one-off bill focusing only on stimulus checks might be passed quickly. Something totaling nearly $2 trillion may take days if not weeks of debate and discussion.
But before any of that happens, Biden needs to take office — as do the two new Democratic senators from Georgia. The results in Georgia first need to be certified. The deadline to certify results is Friday, Jan. 22. Biden will assume office on Wednesday.