President Joe Biden’s proposed plan for new $1,400 stimulus checks to supplement the $600 payments sent out after Christmas is hitting a wall with moderate senators of both parties, and the path to more relief could be longer than expected.
Biden announced a $1.9 trillion stimulus package on Jan. 14, ahead of his inauguration. The proposal would bring the total for recent direct payments up to $2,000 for Americans earning less than $75,000.
Unlike either of the previous two stimulus checks, Biden’s new checks would cover dependent children up to age 23 and senior parents dependent upon adult children.
However, two moderate Republican lawmakers who have generally favored stimulus relief are now hesitant to send out more money so quickly. Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said on Wednesday (Jan. 20) that this new spending package would require more time to consider.
“We just passed a program with over $900 billion in it,” Romney said. “I’m not looking for a new program in the immediate future.”