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Biden Vows No Retreat on $1,400 Checks, Open to Tightening Rules

  • President discusses pandemic relief priorities with Democrats
  • Republicans have suggested smaller checks, tighter eligibility
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WATCH: Biden told reporters he believes he'll "get Republican support."Source: Bloomberg
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President Joe Biden told House Democrats on Wednesday that while he was open to tightening the eligibility for his proposed $1,400 stimulus checks, any move to cut the payments’ base amount would mean starting his presidency with a broken promise.

Biden signaled he wasn’t willing to reduce the standard $1,400 checks, which phase out based on income totals, that were outlined in his aid package, according to participants on the call. Top Senate Democrats said following a subsequent meeting that they were united in pursuing a “big and bold” package.