California state lawmakers passed a bill approving $ 600 stimulus checks for nearly 5.7 million people Monday. Thus, U.S. lawmakers, who have not yet approved a plan to issue $ 1,400 stimulus checks to U.S. residents in need, struck.
California control is part of Democratic Gov. Newsom’s $ 9.6 billion stimulus package to help the state recover from the COVID – related economic downturn. He and lawmakers announced the package last Wednesday. Newsom is expected to sign the bill by Tuesday.
$ 600 checks will be available to Californians eligible for tax deduction (EITC). Typically, such Californians earn less than $ 30,000 a year.
Another $ 600 check will be available to people who earn less than $ 75,000 a year and use an individual taxpayer identification number to file their taxes. This group includes people who do not have Social Security numbers, some of whom are immigrants and did not receive the $ 1
Some Californians fall into both of these groups and as such will receive $ 1,200 in total.
In a statement issued last Wednesday, Newsom said payments will be delivered to these households shortly after they submit their 2020 tax return.
By comparison, the US Congress is still considering the $ 1,400 stimulus controls that are part of President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package.
The control itself has been disputed among lawmakers in Congress, with some Republicans calling direct payments too expensive.
On Friday, House Democrats announced the full text of their $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus assistance bill, which included the $ 1,400 direct cash payments to eligible Americans.
But in an email to representatives of the Republican House sent last week, House Republican minority whip Steve Scalise of New Orleans party members urged voters to vote “no” to the bill. The bill is likely to be approved by the Democratic-led House regardless.
Although the plan lacks Republican support in the Senate, Democratic leaders have said they can use the budget voting process to pass the bill without Republican support. This would bypass the Senate’s filibusters and allow the bill to be passed by a simple majority.
House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said Congress would pass the $ 1,400 checks “by the end of February.” Biden said control will arrive “as soon as Congress passes my legislation.”
Newsweek contacted Newsom’s office for comment.