How soon new $1,400 stimulus checks and other Covid aid could arrive

  • President Joe Biden says he won’t back down from sending $1,400 direct checks.
  • A minimum wage hike could be off the table in the next relief bill.
  • As Democrats press to pass more aid quickly, a final deal could come together in March, according to one analyst.

Meanwhile, another initiative, raising the $15 per hour federal minimum wage, seems to be off the table for now. And enhanced unemployment is facing a March expiration date.The House of Representatives wants to pass the coronavirus relief bill in the next two weeks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said. The Senate last week approved a budget resolution that would fast-track the additional Covid relief with a 51-50 vote (with the Vice President being the tie-breaker.)

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