During a press briefing on Friday, Biden told reporters that he would not delay getting the stimulus payments sent out.

Biden made the promise during a briefing on Friday afternoon
Biden made the promise during a briefing on Friday afternoon
The budget has finally been passed in the US
The budget has finally been passed in the US

“I’m going to act fast,” he said. “I’m going to help the American people who are hurting now.”

Biden also confirmed that the relief payments would not be cut down.

“Here’s what I won’t do: I’m not cutting the size of the checks,” he said.

“They’re going to be $1,400. Period. That’s what the American people were promised.”

The latest stimulus check news comes as:

President Biden is pictured in the Oval Office on Friday, February 5
President Biden is pictured in the Oval Office on Friday, February 5

Biden has previously been slammed for “going back” on $2,000 checks that he initially backed.

One Twitter user said: “Mr President-elect…please dont reduce the stimulus checks to $1400. You promised $2k. This country is like a powder keg. And im worried what happens if you go back on your word.”

Some supporters claimed the total was indeed $2,000 when the new $1,400 checks are added to the the $600 already issued.

But another user tweeted: “Wait!! @JoeBiden said $2000. Not $1400 to make up the difference. I knew he was BSing people.”

Last month, Biden tweeted: “$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table.

“We need $2,000 stimulus checks.”

Biden’s speech came just hours after he hailed the “chance to do something big” on Friday.

The new plan has been passed in Senate in a “giant first step” to giving Americans aid.

Speaking on Friday morning, Biden said: “The one thing we learned is we can’t do too much here, but we can do too little.

“Real live people are hurting and we can fix it. We’ve got a chance to do something big here.”

The 78-year-old president also revealed he was looking forward to “sitting down” with Peter DeFazio, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, according to reports.

At the end of about 15 hours of debate and back-to-back votes on dozens of amendments, the Senate found itself in a 50-50 partisan deadlock over passage of the budget plan.

That deadlock was broken by Vice President Kamala Harris early Friday morning, whose “yes” vote provided the win for Democrats.

“On this vote, the yeas for 50. The nays are 50,” Harris said at the close of the session.

“The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative and the concurrent resolution, as amended, is adopted.”

This was a “giant first step” toward passing the kind of comprehensive coronavirus aid bill that Biden has put at the top of his legislative agenda, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

Schumer stated: “This was a giant first step, a step in concord.

“And we’re so grateful that President Biden put together a plan with input from so many of us, from both sides of the aisle, to bring America back, to overcome this horrible crisis.”

Shortly before the final vote, Democrats flexed their muscle by offering an amendment reversing three earlier votes that Republicans won.

Those had used the coronavirus aid battle to voice support for the Canada-to-United States Keystone XL pipeline that Biden has blocked and support for hydraulic fracking to extract underground oil and natural gas.

Also overturned was a Republican amendment barring coronavirus aid to immigrants living in the United States illegally.

With Democrat Harris presiding, she broke a 50-50 tie to overturn those Republican victories.

It marked the first time Harris, in her role as president of the Senate, cast a tie-breaking vote after being sworn in as Biden’s vice president on January 20.

Before finishing its work, the Senate approved a series of amendments to the budget outline, which had already passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday.