Third stimulus check update: Biden says payments ‘will be $1,400. Period.’
President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, speaks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Whip James Clyburn, right, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, seated second left, and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., seated left, and Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., foreground, in the Oval Office of the White House on Feb. 5, 2021.

President Joe Biden on Friday said he would not reduce the proposed $1,400 direct payments as final House passage of a budget resolution meant lawmakers could start drafting the $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus legislation. Speaking at the White House, Biden said the new checks, combined with the $600 payments approved in December. would give most Americans the $2,000 he promised. A group of 10 House Republicans proposed reducing the latest round of checks to $1,000. “I'm not cutting the size of the checks," Biden said. “They're going to be $1,400. Period. That's what the American people wer...

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