US President-elect Joe Biden said he'll be proposing a new round of stimulus checks to address fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, once he takes office in January. The announcement came during Biden's remarks criticizing current President Donald Trump's handling of the SolarWinds hack.
The amount to be in Biden's proposed stimulus package is "a negotiating issue," he told journalists Tuesday.
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Biden thanked Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Republicans for agreeing on a stimulus package, despite the limit on included checks being $600 rather than the $1,200 originally sought by the Democrats.
"I think we've seen that there is a clear understanding that these issues go beyond any ideology," Biden said. "People are desperately hurting, and the Republicans are hurting as badly as Democrats."
The Biden administration will be focused on distributing the COVID-19 vaccine across the nation, looking after those who've lost their jobs and rebuilding the country and the economy, he said.
The second stimulus bill passed Congress on Monday, including a check for up to $600 per person. Since it's a smaller check than the $1,200 provided as part of the stimulus package back in March, there's been talk about the possibility of a third check in 2021 following the passage of another bill.
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