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Washington, D.C. — Today, by a vote of 99-1, the Senate passed an amendment to the budget resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) to target stimulus checks to low- and middle-income families who need assistance as opposed to upper-income taxpayers.
“It is very unlikely that American households with family incomes of $300,000 have suffered significant financial harm as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senator Collins. “Our amendment ensures that this much-needed financial relief gets in the pockets of the struggling families that need it most.”
“American families in every corner of our country are struggling right now. Instead of sending stimulus checks to families who earn $300,000 a year we should be targeting this relief to families and individuals who need it most. For those who are struggling to pay rent or to put food on the table this $1,400 will make a significant impact on their ability to get by. These families need our support right now,” said Senator Manchin.
The amendment was co-sponsored by Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Rob Portman (R-OH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jon Tester (D-MT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Angus King (I-ME), Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ).