Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer say they are ready to approve $1,400 checks after Biden’s announcement

Top Democratic leaders in the United States Congress, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Chuck Schumerindicated in a joint statement on Thursday that they are ready to move forward with the economic plan of Joe Biden with stimulus checks of $1,400 to be approved in both chambers.

“The emergency relief framework announced by the incoming Biden-Harris administration tonight is the right approach,” the Democrats said. “We will get to work to bring President-elect Biden’s vision into legislation that will pass in both chambers and be signed into law,” they added.

Yesterday, Biden in a speech from Wilmington, Delaware, announced his two-phase plan to rescue the economy affected by the coronavirus.

Among the measures contemplated in Biden’s new stimulus proposal is the $1,400 check to complement the minimum $600 approved in the second stimulus bill last December. The plan also seeks to increase unemployment funds to $400 a week and increase the federal minimum wage to $15 dollars.

Although Democrats will have control of both the Senate and the House, the delegation will need the backing of Republicans to pass new aid.

In the Senate, the legislative proposal will require 60 votes to advance to the final vote.

The current spokesperson for the majority in that legislative body, Mitch McConnellone of the staunchest opponents of new stimulus checks, did not give way, last month, to the independent measure of the Democrats to increase the amount of the second check to $2,000, this despite the fact that President Donald Trump advocated, at the last minute, due to changes to the law for these purposes.

Previously, Schumer had already indicated that the issue of the $2,000 check will be a priority once the new Legislature is activated.

“The COVID-19 emergency relief work is far from complete,” Schumer said in a letter to colleagues last Tuesday.

“Democrats wanted to do a lot more on the last measure and they promised to do it if they had the opportunity to increase direct payments to a total of $2,000, we are going to do that,” said the New York senator who would become the new leader of the Democratic majority in that legislative body.

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