On the eve of the Georgia runoffs, soon-to-be President Joe Biden told voters that sending Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to the U.S. Senate would put $2,000 stimulus checks in the mail.
“Their election will put an end to the block in Washington on that $2,000 stimulus check,” Biden said. “That money that will go out the door immediately to help people who are in real trouble.”
Two months later, stimulus checks still have not been sent, and Senate Democrats have kiboshed plans for $2,000 checks. The Biden administration and Democratic leadership agreed on Wednesday to scale the stimulus checks down to $1,400, a shift that has been in the works since just after Ossoff and Warnock were elected.
In January, Biden’s transition team argued that $1,400 checks in addition to the already-issued $600 checks would be the same as the promised $2,000 checks. And in February, Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), with both Ossoff and Warnock standing behind him, advocated for the slimmed-down $1,400 check, making the same argument about reaching a cumulative $2,000 in stimulus.