KEY POINTS

  • Millions of Americans will receive $1,400 checks this month
  • The checks would provide relief to 86% of adults and 85% of children
  • Over 13.5 million dependents would receive the checks

Millions of Americans could receive their $1,400 stimulus checks included in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package by the end of the month, the White House announced Monday. 

At a press conference, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the U.S. Treasury Department is still “working out” when the payments would be rolled out. However, the Biden administration said it expects to distribute millions of checks by the end of March. 

“We expect a large number of Americans to receive relief by the end of the month,” Psaki said. She later added that the Treasury Department would release a timeline on when checks will be sent out. 

The White House press secretary refused to share whether President Biden’s signature would appear on the $1,400 checks. 

The bill was passed by the Senate on Saturday through a budget reconciliation process. Before it can be signed by Biden, the House would have to pass the legislation again because the Senate made changes to its version.

The Senate changed the income eligibility for the checks. The $1,400 payments would now capped for people make $80,000 per year, or couples earning $160,000. The Senate bill will also give $300 weekly jobless benefits, from the $400-per-week aid in the House bill. 

The third wave of one-time payments would go to 86% of adults and 85% of children, according to a report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. 

Under the Senate bill, dependents of all ages would receive $1,400 checks. The new inclusion would provide relief payments to 13.5 million college students, older adults, and children with disabilities. 

In addition to including dependents of all ages in the new coronavirus relief package, the Biden administration would also send payments to mixed-status families. This means families in which at least one member has a Social Security number would be eligible to receive the $1,400 checks. 

Like with the previous stimulus plan, the $1.9 trillion bill payment recipients would not include undocumented immigrants without Social Security numbers, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., announced Saturday. 

“Let me be clear, undocumented immigrants do not have Social Security numbers, and they do not qualify for stimulus relief checks, period,” he said.  “And just in case you didn't notice, they didn't qualify in December, when 92 of us voted for that measure.”

stimulus check Economic stimulus checks are prepared for printing at the Philadelphia Financial Center on May 8, 2008, in Philadelphia. Photo: Jeff Fusco/Getty Images