A $600 stimulus check may be coming your way over the next few weeks…as long as you fit the right criteria.
On Sunday, December 20, the GOP and Democratic Party finally agreed on their $900 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief package, which, after significant back and forth, does include a second stimulus check. After receiving $1,200 in the spring as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, many Americans have been on their own financially as the country’s fought COVID-19—and the rising unemployment rates that have come with it.
Now lawmakers have finally agreed on the second round of stimulus checks as part of this new relief package. However, the bill, which is expected to be signed by the Senate, House of Representatives, and President Donald Trump on December 21, has cut the original check in half—and only if you make $75,000 or less.
Per CBS, single people who earn up to $75,000 will receive the full $600, while couples earning up to $150,000 will receive $1,200. The only increase since the CARES Act will go to families with children. “Child dependents” will receive $600 each, up from the $500 originally provided.
Twitter, of course, had a lot to say about this news, ranging from earnest disgust to sardonic commentary. #LetThemEatCake was trending on the platform December 21.
Some people were upset by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statements describing the $600 stimulus checks as “significant.” “Nancy Pelosi, who described $600 as a ‘significant’ stimulus for working families, has a [reported] net worth of more than $100 million,” one person tweeted. Another added, “Nancy Pelosi makes over $220,000 a year.”
Others defended Pelosi, though, saying the anger should be directed at the GOP:
Per CNN, it will take at least two weeks before checks appear in Americans’ bank accounts.