Individuals with incomes of $75k or less ($150k for couples) still qualify for the $1,400 payments, but in the Senate version eligibility fully phases out beyond $80k/$160k in income, compared to $100k/$200k in the House version.
The bill extends eligibility for enhanced unemployment insurance (UI) benefits through September 6 and maintains the weekly top-up payment of $300. The House-passed bill would have extended benefits through August and increased the top-up to $400/week.
It waives tax liability for up to $10,200 of UI benefits. This significantly reduces the negative tax surprise many individuals would have faced when filing 2020 tax returns.
The bill omits the provision increasing the federal minimum wage, as expected.
And while the Senate scaled back the House-passed bill in several areas, much of the savings is reallocated towards other provisions which is expected to bring the headline size of the bill above $1.8 trillion - and possibly approaching the House's $1.9 trillion price tag.