Manchin, Collins push effort to bar payments to high-income earners

The Senate Democratic majority may be moving forward with a coronavirus approach that sidelines Senate Republicans. But the bipartisan negotiating group isn’t done yet.Sixteen of the senators pushing for a bipartisan solution are filing an amendment to the Senate’s budget resolution that reflects their efforts to target President Joe Biden’s next round of direct payments to lower income workers. The amendment would explicitly bar “upper-income taxpayers” from eligibility for $1,400 stimulus checks proposed by Biden.The amendment is led by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), who are leading efforts to produce a coronavirus bill that could receive 60 votes, even as Biden and Democratic leaders plunge forward with an effort that could pass with just 50 votes. And though the amendment doesn’t explicitly spell out levels of eligibility for checks, it reflects ongoing talks over lowering the income threshold from previous rounds of payments.Senators in both parties have

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By Burgess Everett

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