The Senate bill we expect to see in the next several hours will look different than what the House passed, even if many of the most popular provisions and structures will remain untouched.
That's a reflection of the herculean task Democratic leadership and the White House have had to undertake in recent days as they've hustled to try and ensure that every Democratic senator had what they needed tucked inside to back this bill. It also means the bill will have to go back to the House for another vote next week before sending it to President Biden's desk.
We know of a few big ways the Senate bill will look different than what the House passed:
The bill won't include:
The bill will also change:
- The income threshold for who is eligible to get Covid relief checks will be different. Once an individual makes $80,000, they won't get any relief check; in the House bill, that cutoff was $100,000. An individual making $75,000 a year will get the full $1,400 and it will be phased out up to $80,000.
- Includes more money for rural hospitals
- More funding to expand broadband
- More money for FEMA to help the homeless
- A slightly revised state and local formula that will help smaller population states and boosts the minimum they will receive.
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