Did You Get A $2,000 Stimulus Check?
Did you get a $2,000 stimulus check?
Here’s what you need to know.
The question seems obvious enough: Did you get a $2,000 stimulus check? Surely, you could check your bank account for direct deposit, find a deposit slip for a paper stimulus check, or even locate your pre-paid debit card. However, you won’t find a $2,000 stimulus check in any of these forms because Congress didn’t approve a $2,000 stimulus check. Or did they?
Both before and after the U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia in January, Democrats touted $2,000 stimulus checks. For example:
- President Joe Biden: Then President-elect Joe Biden said that Georgia voters would get $2,000 stimulus payments if Democrats won the Senate runoff elections.
- Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY): Schumer said the $2,000 stimulus checks would be a top priority for the new stimulus package to help stimulate the economy and help Americans in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): Sanders said, “the working class of this country was promised that they would receive a $2,000 direct payment. …We must keep that promise.”
While Democrats won both runoff elections in Georgia, the 50-50 split in the U.S. Senate meant progressives would have to appease moderate Democrats such as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). “I don’t know where in the hell $2,000 came from,” Manchin (D-WV) told the Washington Post in January, referring to $2,000 stimulus checks. “I swear to God I don’t. That’s another $400 billion dollars.”
Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which Biden signed into law Thursday. However, the new stimulus package didn’t include $2,000 stimulus checks either. Instead, the new stimulus package included $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals and $2,800 for married and joint filers. Several Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives highlighted the discrepancy between what was apparently “promised” ($2,000 stimulus checks) and what was “delivered” ($1,400 stimulus checks). They argue that additional $2,000 stimulus checks are essential for Americans who are struggling financially as as result of the Covid-19 pandemic. For example:
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- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY): Ocasio-Cortez said in January that “$2,000 means $2,000. $2,000 does not mean $1,400,” referring to Biden’s “promise” to deliver $2,000 stimulus checks.
- Proposal for $2,000 stimulus checks every month: Some members of Congress not only disagreed with the $1,400 stimulus checks, but proposed that there should be $2,000 stimulus checks every month until the Covid-19 pandemic is over.
- Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO): Bush tweeted that $1,400 doesn’t equal $2,000, also referring to the discrepancy between what Biden ultimately proposed in his $1.9 trillion stimulus package and what apparently was messaged publicly.
Stimulus checks coming this week
Will you get a $2,000 stimulus check? You can track your stimulus check this way to find out. The question is really whether you can get $2,000 in stimulus payments. The answer to that question is yes. Some critics, including fellow Democrats, may say that Biden broke a promise to deliver a full $2,000 stimulus check in the third stimulus package. First, while he is a former U.S. senator, Biden is not currently a member of Congress and therefore doesn’t pass legislation. While he can support $2,000 stimulus checks, only Congress can pass the stimulus package that includes stimulus checks. Yes, his proposal included a $1,400 stimulus check, but he also understood that moderate Democrats likely wouldn’t support a $2,000 stimulus check. Biden also would prefer to propose a stimulus check that Congress would actually pass, rather than a headline number for a stimulus check that ultimately gets reduced. Second, the reality is that the combination of the second stimulus check of $600 and the third stimulus check of $1,400 equals $2,000 in stimulus payments. These stimulus checks may arrive months apart, and the check won’t say $2,000. However, millions of Americans will get at least $2,000 in stimulus payments. Third, even excluding the first and second stimulus checks, a family of four could get $5,600 in total stimulus payments from the third stimulus check. How? Married or joint filers who meet the qualifications could get $2,800, plus another $1,400 for each of their two qualifying dependents, for a total of another $2,800. So whether separate $2,000 checks were promised, or the intention was to provide total stimulus payments of $2,000, the answer to the question is that millions of Americans will get at least $2,000 in stimulus payments. The question of whether the “promise” was kept is something for you to answer.