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White House Suggests It Could Sign Off on More Narrowly Targeted Stimulus Payments

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White House Suggests It Could Sign Off on More Narrowly Targeted Stimulus Payments

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The Biden administration may be open to adjusting eligibility levels for pandemic stimulus payments to ensure that the money is provided to families who need the funds the most, said President Joe Biden’s top economic advisor. “When it comes to the checks, we put forward a proposal that … passed the House with 275 votes—44 Republicans voted for it,” Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, said in a televised interview on Tuesday morning. He was making reference to a bill passed in the House in December that included $2,000 direct payments, which was supported by former President Donald Trump. “Certainly, if there are ways to make that provision, and other provisions, more effective, that’s something that we’re open to, that we’ll have conversations about,” Deese added. On Monday, Biden acknowledged that his $1.9 trillion package—including $1,400 payments—may not pass in Congress as a number of Republicans and some …

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