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Shoaib Akhtar Regrets Bowling Beamer to MS Dhoni During 2006 Faisalabad Test, Says ‘Shouldn’t Have Done It’

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said that he shouldn’t have bowled a beamer to Indian wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni during the 2006 Faisalabad Test.



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New Delhi, August 8: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said that he shouldn’t have bowled a beamer to Indian wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni during the 2006 Faisalabad Test. Akhtar said that it was the first time he had done so on purpose and he apologised to the former Indian captain after that. “I think I had bowled a 8-9 over spell in Faisalabad. It was a quick spell and Dhoni scored a hundred. I purposely bowled a beamer to Dhoni and then apologised to him,” Akhtar told Aakash Chopra at the later’s YouTube channel ‘AakashVani’.

“It was the first time in my life I had bowled a beamer purposely. I shouldn’t have done it. I regretted it a lot. He was playing so well and the wickets were so slow. However fast I was bowling, he kept on hitting. I think I got frustrated.” Shoaib Akhtar Reveals he Bowled Beamer Purposely to MS Dhoni During India Tour of Pakistan 2006.

Dhoni had scored his first-ever Test century in what was a run feast of a match that ended in a draw. He scored 148 off 153 balls to help India overhaul Pakistan’s first innings total of 588 with India scoring 603. Pakistan however came back strongly and scored 490 and after India spent a short amount of time on the crease in their second innings, the two teams shook hands.

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Shields vs Dicaire Live Stream: How to watch PPV Stream, Time, Undercard, online TV coverage




Shields vs Dicaire Live: How to watch Official PPV Stream, Time, Undercard, online TV coverage

Three-division titlist Claressa Shields will be returning to the ring for the first time in over a year to fight IBF super welterweight champion Marie-Eve Dicaire in a bout to unify the super welterweight division March 5.

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The fight will be the headliner of an all-women pay-per-view card on FITE TV, taking place at the Dort Financial Center in Flint, Michigan. The winner will hold the WBC and WBO titles currently held by Shields, the IBF title Dicaire has, and the new WBA (super) belt in the division. Watch LIVE: Shields - Dicaire FITE TV Live Stream — Boxing News

Title: WBC Female, WBO Female, IBF Female and vacant WBA Female titles in a 10-round super welterweight bout.

Event: Shields vs Dicaire Date: Friday Mar 05 2021 Time: UK – Sat 2am / US – Fri 9pm EST Location: Dort Financial Center in Flint, Mich. TV: FITE Watch: Live Stream
Undefeated Shields (10-0, 2 KO) puts her WBC and WBO titles on the line in a bid to become the first boxing world champion in the four-belt era, male or female, to capture the undisputed crown in two different weight classes. Unbeaten Dicaire (17-0, 0 KO) brings to the table her IBF belt and looks to dethrone one of the most prominent female boxers of all time. In addition, the vacant WBA (Super) and The Ring straps are up for grabs. The women’s contest is scheduled for ten rounds.

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Boxing fans can watch Claressa Shields vs Marie-Eve Dicaire live stream online on FITE. The pay-per-view cost is USD $29.95, which is approximately GBP £22 or AUD $40. The broadcast date and start time in the United States is scheduled for Friday, March 5 at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT, which makes it Saturday, March 6 at 2 am GMT in the UK, and 1 pm AEDT in Australia.

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You can stream Shields vs Dicaire via on a PPV basis. Once purchased, you can watch on your Smart TV, Phone or Desktop PC, and they have apps available on Roku, Xbox, Chromecast and Apple TV. “FITE is very excited to be the worldwide digital distributor of this outstanding all-women’s boxing event featuring Claressa Shields vs Marie-Eve Dicaire,” said Michael Weber, FITE COO. “The advance sales have been very encouraging for an event that is over a month away. I think this will be a big step forward for women’s boxing.”

Super Woman: Shields vs. Dicaire live stream details can be found on the PPV order page here.

The Shields vs Dicaire undercard features heavyweight Danielle Perkins, light heavyweight Nadia Meknouzi and the current WBA interim super welterweight champion Raquel Miller. The names of their opponents are expected to be announced shortly.

The current lineup looks as the following:

Claressa Shields (10-0, 2 KO) vs. Marie-Eve Dicaire (17-0, 0 KO) – light middleweight Danielle Perkins (2-0, 1 KO) vs TBA – heavyweight Nadia Meknouzi (5-0, 5 KO) vs TBA – light heavyweight Raquel Miller (10-0, 4 KO) vs TBA – super welterweight

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Full Fight Card

Who is fighting on the undercard on Friday, March 5?
Division Boxer №1 Boxer №2 Notes
super welterweight (154 lbs) Claressa Shields Marie Eve Dicaire For WBC World Female, IBF World Female, WBO World Female, vacant WBA World Female tit.
heavyweight (200+ lbs) Danielle Perkins TBA
light heavyweight (175 lbs) Nadia Meknouzi TBA
super welterweight (154 lbs) Raquel Miller TBA
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Who Is Claressa Shields?

Claressa «T-Rex» Shields

Claressa «T-Rex» Shields

Claressa Shields is a American professional boxer. Shields remains undefeated as a professional. The last fight of Claressa Shields took place on January 10, 2020 against Ivana Habazin. Shields won by unanimous decision (UD).

Professional boxing record

  • Total fights: 10
  • Wins: 10
  • Wins by KO: 2
  • Losses: 0
  • Draws: 0

Claressa «T-Rex» Shields Highlights

Who Is Marie-Eve Dicaire?

Marie-Eve Dicaire

Marie-Eve Dicaire

Marie-Eve Dicaire is a Canadian professional boxer. Dicaire remains undefeated as a professional. The last fight of Marie-Eve Dicaire took place on November 23, 2019 against Ogleidis Suarez. Dicaire won by unanimous decision (UD).

Professional boxing record

  • Total fights: 17
  • Wins: 17
  • Wins by KO: 0
  • Losses: 0
  • Draws: 0

Marie-Eve Dicaire Highlights

Predictions: Who Will Win?

Latest Odds

  • Shields to win: 1/3
  • Dicaire to win: 7/4
  • Draw: 22/1

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In the 10-round main event of “SUPERWOMEN,’ an historic night of live, all-female pay-per-view boxing (/6 p.m. PT) celebrating women’s sports and dedicated to International Women’s Day 2021, undefeated three-division world champion Claressa Shields will attempt to become the first boxer in the four-belt era to become an undisputed world champion in two weight divisions when she faces unbeaten IBF Super Welterweight Champion Marie-Eve Dicaire in a 154-pound unification bout between the #1 and #2 junior middleweights in the world.

Presented by Salita Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel, the PPV telecast will be available at a suggested retail price of just $29.95 and will be distributed by InDemand to all major cable, satellite and telco outlets and live-streamed by FITE TV.

The winner of the women’s super fight will walk away with Shields’ WBC and WBO titles, Dicaire’s IBF belt, and the WBA (Super) crown, the first time in its 99-year history that the WBA has awarded a Super Champion belt to a female boxer. In the four-belt era, only seven fighters have been undisputed in one division, including Shields, Katie Taylor, Cecilia Braekhus, Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford, and Oleksandr Usyk. Shields, if victorious, will make history as the first man or woman to have become undisputed champion in two weight divisions in the four-belt era. WATCH LIVE: SUPERWOMEN: Shields vs. Dicaire PPV Live Stream @ 9 p.m. ET on March 5 NEWS: Zach Parker Signs With Queensberry And Sets Sights On World Title
With the pandemic taking a serious bite out of the sport in 2020, ‘SUPERWOMEN’ will demonstrate and celebrate the power and empowerment of women in combat sports for 2021 and beyond by providing an entire evening of fights featuring some of the best female boxers in the world. Appropriately, the event is dedicated to this year’s International Women’s day (Monday, March 8, 2021) and its theme of #ChooseToChallenge, that looks to call out gender bias and inequity and celebrate women’s achievements. The most accomplished amateur boxer in U.S. history, 25-year-old Shields (10-0, 2 KOs) is the first American boxer – male or female – to win two consecutive Olympic Gold Medals. She turned professional following the 2016 Olympics and headlined the first women’s boxing main event in premium cable television history in just her second professional fight in 2017.

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Price: 30 USD/month and up Channels: ESPN and ESPN Deportes You can tune in to the Shields vs. Dicaire fight live on ESPN. ESPN Deportes, available as an add-on for Sling or Hulu, will provide a Spanish simulcast of the fight. You can watch the stream using free trials for fuboTV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, or Hulu. To watch Shields vs. Dicaire live on ESPN: Get ExpressVPN. Connect to a server location in the U.S. Sign up at YouTube TV (65 USD/month), fuboTV (65 USD/month), Sling TV Orange (25 USD/month and up), Hulu (65 USD/month), AT&T TV Now (70 USD/month). A U.S. billing address is required to subscribe to AT&T TV Now, Sling TV, fuboTV, and Hulu. Enjoy watching! Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. Watching on mobile? Fire up the YouTube TV app (on Android and iOS), the fuboTV app (on Android and iOS), the Sling TV app (on Android and iOS), the Hulu app (on Android and iOS), or the AT&T TV Now app (on Android and iOS).

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Catch the latest boxing highlights, interviews, practices, and news on the official DAZN, ESPN, or Fox boxing YouTube channels. To watch highlights on YouTube:Get ExpressVPN. Connect to a server location where YouTube is available. Go to the DAZN Boxing YouTube channel, ESPN YouTube channel, and the PBC On FOX YouTube channel. Enjoy! Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.Watching on mobile? Fire up the YouTube app on your Android or iOS device.

Can I watch a free Shields vs. Dicaire live stream?

No – but you can get the fight dirt cheap in some parts of the world. The cheapest way to watch Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim is via DAZN, which is offering the fight to customers as part of their subscription. DAZN UK is currently available for just £1.99 a month! It’s also equally cheap to watch Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim in Australia or New Zealand, where DAZN is currently being offered for the introductory discount price of just $2.99 a month, compared to the steeper DAZN US price of $19.99 a month. Boxing fans in Canada are also in luck, as while it costs 20 bucks in the Great White North, you can get a FREE trial of DAZN in Canada – one of the only countries we’re aware of where the service offers a trial on the house. The fight is also available to watch on PPV through North American cable providers for $49.99, which is a much more expensive alternative (though DAZN will gift you an access code for four months of ‘free’ access by way to compensation if you opt for this route.
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2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational Live Free Stream: TV Coverage, Schedule, Tee Times and Leaderboard




2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational takes place this Thursday, March 4 through Sunday, March 7 at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. This is the 56th edition of the tournament and the 43rd edition of the event at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge. However, this year fan attendance will be limited to 25 percent of capacity, and spectators will only be allowed on the ground during tournament play. Fans will not be allowed in for practice or pro-am rounds. 123 players are scheduled to compete at this year’s tournament including three of the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking: No. 6 Tyrrell Hatton, No. 8 Rory McIlroy, and No. 9 Patrick Reed. Click here to find the full list of players competing this week.

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The 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational takes place this Thursday, March 4 through Sunday, March 7 at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. This is the 56th edition of the tournament and the 43rd edition of the event at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge. However, this year fan attendance will be limited to 25 percent of capacity, and spectators will only be allowed on the ground during tournament play. Fans will not be allowed in for practice or pro-am rounds.

123 players are scheduled to compete at this year’s tournament including three of the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking: No. 6 Tyrrell Hatton, No. 8 Rory McIlroy, and No. 9 Patrick Reed. Click here to find the full list of players competing this week.

We’ve reached the one-year anniversary of the last normal event on the PGA Tour. The Arnold Palmer Invitational was the final tournament in 2020 with a full set of fans before the entire thing ground to a halt amid the COVID-19 pandemic at The Players Championship the following week at TPC Sawgrass.

Fittingly, the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational will feature the highest capacity since the shutdown. will be allowed in this week to see Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Viktor Hovland and Rory McIlroy tee it up at Bay Hill.

Last year’s tournament was a war. Scores ballooned on the weekend, and in a rarity, just 4-under par won the tournament with Tyrrell Hatton besting Marc Leishman by one stroke and Sungjae Im by two.

This year’s event likely won’t play as difficult, but it should be more fun to follow because of the field that will be present. Spieth is making his debut, while DeChambeau and McIlroy are among the best players at this venue over the last decade. In what should be a down week wedged between a WGC and The Players, this event should actually be terrific once again.

Here’s how you can follow throughout the week.

Rounds 1-2 — Thursday and Friday

Round starts: 7 a.m.

Featured groups: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. — PGA Tour Live

Live TV coverage: 2-6 p.m. on Golf Channel
Live stream online: 2-6 p.m. on fuboTV (Try for free) and

Radio: Noon-6 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio

Rounds 3-4 — Saturday and Sunday

Round starts: 8 a.m.

Featured groups and holes: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. — PGA Tour Live
Early TV coverage: 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Golf Channel

Live TV coverage: 2:30-6 p.m. on NBC
Live simulcast: 2:30-6 p.m. on fuboTV (Try for free) and

Radio: 1-6 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio

There are no off weeks on the PGA Tour. A stop between a WGC and The Players Championship should include a weak field and not have as much juice as normal. Instead, this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational includes multiple-time major winners and a healthy international contingent of Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup players. It’s headlined by 2018 champion Rory McIlroy, while he’s joined by an exciting cast of characters that will carry the tour into next week’s Players at TPC Sawgrass.

Let’s take a closer look at this week’s contest with odds and prop bets provided via William Hill Sportsbook.

Event information

What: Arnold Palmer Invitational
When: March 4-7
Where: Bay Hill Club and Lodge — Orlando, Florida

Three things to know

  1. Bryson driving 6? after trying to clear the lake from the tee box, but Daly was never as long as Bryson DeChambeau. I don’t think Bryson will go for the green on this par 5, but if he does, it will be must-see television. It’s also a hook for the bigger conversation about Bryson, which is how his insane length will help him at a place where he’s been incredibly successful over the past few years. Two top-five finishes in three appearances plus the extra power off the tee means he’s going to be a force this week.
  2. Stay hot, Hovland:If you haven’t been paying attention, Hovland is probably the best player in this field and maybe the best player in the world right now. Here are his strokes gained rankings of the players in this field for specific periods of time dating backward from right now.

He’s been beaten by 11 golfers in his last four tournaments and won just before that stretch started. Collin Morikawa has the trophies, but Hovland has been a more consistently good player across the board and has improved a lot in his short game over the last year. He went from -1 stroke per event in chipping and putting from March 2019-March 2020 to 0 strokes per event from March 2020-March 2021. That sounds like not very much, but for somebody of his caliber, one stroke across an event is a big deal.

  1. Players prep: This is primarily a Rory McIlroy story, but it’s not only a Rory McIlroy story. Rory will go to Sawgrass next week as the defending champion (from 2019), which is an odd thing, but he said last week at The Concession that his game is not really where he wants it to be right now.

There was signs that there’s some good stuff in there. I think, if anything, I felt good with the putter this week, changed from the spider back to the blade which felt good, which was nice. A little better off the tee as well. Wedges are good. It’s sort of when I get into 8-iron down to 4-iron is where I’m sort of struggling. Still got a little bit of work to do. I guess if I can come to a World Golf Championship with the best players in the world and not feel like I’m my best and still contend.

He’s not the only one with work to do. A hopefully tough Bay Hill (last year the winning score was 4 under!) will be good work for top players hoping to contend for a Players crown next weekend.

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in a swipe at former President Donald Trump, requires presidents to disclose their tax returns — something Trump did not do while in office.



A group of Democratic Senators sent President Joe Biden a letter Tuesday outlining a plan to bolster the bank accounts of Americans struggling economically because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The effort, led by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, calls for recurring stimulus checks and automatic unemployment coverage that would be tied to economic conditions.
President Biden on Thursday celebrated the House passing a sweeping election reform bill, saying he would sign it if it passes the Senate.

Biden called it “urgently needed” to protect the right to vote and to “strengthen” democracy, and vowed to work with Congress to “refine and advance” the legislation.

The For the People Act of 2021, known as H.R. 1, passed Wednesday by a vote of 220 to 210. No Republicans joined with Democrats in approving the bill, H.R. 1.


“In the wake of an unprecedented assault on our democracy; a coordinated attempt to ignore, undermine, and undo the will of the American people never before seen in our history; and a new wave of aggressive attacks on voting rights taking place in states across the country, I applaud Speaker Pelosi and the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021,” Biden said in a statement Thursday.

Biden called the right to vote “sacred and fundamental,” adding that it is “the right from which all of our other rights as Americans spring.”

“It will rein in the outrageous gerrymandering that distorts our democracy,” Biden said. “It will empower the Justice Department to crack down on laws that curtail voting rights along racial lines. It will reform our campaign finance system to amplify the voices of the people — not the powerful. And it will modernize and secure our future elections against all manner of threats.”

“I look forward to working with Congress to refine and advance this important bill,” Biden continued. “And I look forward to signing it into law after it has passed through the legislative process, so that together we can strengthen and restore American democracy for the next election and all those to come.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, said the legislation is needed to combat voter suppression efforts in states, crack down on corruption and diminish the influence of big donors in politics.


The bill would create automatic voter registration across the country and allow felonss who have served their sentences to vote. The bill would also expand early voting and enhance absentee voting by simplifying voting by mail.

The bill would also require more online political ad disclosures and force all organizations involved in political activity to disclose their large donors.

A major pillar of the legislation is setting up a new public financing system for congressional and presidential elections to incentivize small-dollar donations. The legislation would establish a 6:1 match using taxpayer money for each grassroots contribution to a candidate up to $200.

For example, a $200 donation to a House candidate would garner a $1,200 match in public funds for a total contribution of $1,400.


The public match program would be funded by a new 4.75% surcharge on criminal and civil penalties and settlements that corporations pay to the U.S. government. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated this week the new revenue stream would generate about $3.2 billion over 10 years.

Republicans blasted the public financing provision as a way to line the campaign coffers of members of Congress.

“This bill isn’t for the people, it’s for the politicians,” said Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.

The bill also reaffirms Congress’ authority to regulate money in politics, pushing back on the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision.

Meanwhile, the bill seeks to “fortify ethics law” by breaking the “influence economy in Washington” and increases accountability by expanding conflict-of-interest laws and divestment requirements in an effort to slow the “revolving door” and prevent members of Congress from serving on corporate boards.

The bill, also, in a swipe at former President Donald Trump, requires presidents to disclose their tax returns — something Trump did not do while in office.

The legislation would also close loopholes for lobbyists and foreign agents and ensure that watchdogs have “sufficient resources” to enforce the law.


Republicans fiercely opposed the legislation—this time around, and during the last Congress when House Democrats first introduced the legislation.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., last week, slammed the legislation as “exactly the wrong response” to what he called the “distressing lack of faith in our elections,” saying Democrats want to use their “temporary power” to “try to ensure they’ll never have to relinquish it.”

“This crisis is far from over, and families deserve certainty that they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads,” the later read. “Families should not be at the mercy of constantly-shifting legislative timelines and ad hoc solutions.”

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The Senators are calling for the automatic payments to help those Americans who won’t get unemployment insurance because they have seen their hours reduced, found unemployment at a lower paying job or left the workforce to help care for a loved one.

“Not only do these payments help keep families out of poverty, but they act as economic stimulus by increasing spending and supporting jobs,” the letter states. “When the CARES Act relief checks ran out, poverty rose, and many families saw spiraling debt. Automatic stabilizers will give families certainty that more relief is coming, allowing them to make the best decisions about how to spend their relief payments as they receive them.”

The letter has been signed by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.).

It’s not clear how much the recurring stimulus checks would be for, and it appears that the group may have a tough road ahead after Biden and other Democrats bowed to party moderates Wednesday by tightening eligibility for stimulus checks as leaders prepared to move their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill through the Senate.

At the same time, the White House and top Democrats stood by progressives and agreed that the Senate package would retain the $400 weekly emergency unemployment benefits included in the House-passed pandemic legislation. Moderates have wanted to trim those payments to $300 after Republicans have called the bill so heedlessly generous that it would prompt some people to not return to work.

The deal-making underscored the balancing act Democrats face as they try squeezing the massive relief measure through the evenly divided, 50-50 Senate. The package, Biden’s signature legislative priority, is his attempt to stomp out the year-old pandemic, revive an economy that’s shed 10 million jobs and bring some semblance of normality to countless upended lives.

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Democrats have no choice but to broker compromises among themselves, thanks to their mere 10-vote House margin and a Senate they control only with Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote. The party’s moderate and progressive factions are competing to use their leverage, but without going so far as to scuttle an effort they all support.

“He’s pleased with the progress that is being made with the rescue plan,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said of Biden, reflecting the flexibility he and all Democrats will need to prevail. “He’s always said he’s open to good ideas.”

So far, Republicans have presented a unified front against the bill. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he wants unanimous GOP opposition.

But Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, didn’t rule out breaking ranks and supporting the measure. She told reporters her state’s tourism industry has been walloped by the pandemic and said she’s talked to administration officials about “how this helps a state like Alaska.”

The Senate could begin debating the bill Thursday, but Democrats faced mountains of GOP amendments and other delays that could take days to plow through. The House will have to approve the Senate’s version before shipping it to Biden, which Democrats want to do before the last round of emergency jobless benefits run dry March 14.

“I would expect a very long night into the next day and keep going on,” said Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., describing GOP plans to force votes.

Under the legislation, individuals earning up to $75,000, and couples up to $150,000, would get $1,400 checks per person. The House-approved version would gradually phase down that amount, with individuals making $100,000 and couples earning $200,000 receiving nothing.

Under Wednesday’s agreement, the Senate bill would instead halt the payments completely for individuals making $80,000 and couples earning $160,000, said a Democratic official, who described the agreement only on condition of anonymity.

That means some people who received the last round of $600 relief checks approved in December wouldn’t get anything this time. The liberal Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimated that the pared-down Senate eligibility levels means 280 million adults and children would receive stimulus checks, compared to 297 million people under the House plan.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, perhaps the chamber’s most conservative Democrat, has favored lowering the relief check eligibility limits and opposed t he House bill’s minimum wage increase. He suggested Wednesday he’d back the emerging Senate legislation, saying it “really does have enough good stuff that we should be able to make this work.”

In a swipe at moderates, Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., a leader of his chamber’s progressives, called the new phase-out of relief checks a “silly and stupid” effort to appease “the one or two people who can hold things up.”

Yet asked if the change could threaten the overall bill, Pocan said, “Let’s hope they don’t screw too many things up. We need to get this done.”

Liberals were already angry after Senate Democrats jettisoned the House bill’s minimum wage increase to $15 by 2025. They did so after the Senate parliamentarian said the chamber’s rules wouldn’t allow the boost in the bill and as Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., said they’d oppose its inclusion, sealing its fate.

The House version of the relief checks would cost $422 billion, making them the package’s single most expensive item.

The two chambers’ bills are largely similar, with both bearing money for state and municipal governments, COVID-19 vaccines and testing, schools, health care subsidies and tax breaks for children and lower-earning people.

Republicans continued lashing the measure as an overpriced Democratic wish list of liberal causes that lavishes help on many who don’t really need it.

“Democrats had a choice,” McConnell said. “They chose to go it alone, tack to the left, leave families’ top priorities on the cutting room floor.”

“This is not a liberal wish list,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “This is an American wish list. When people want checks to help them get out of the morass, that’s not a liberal wish list. That’s what the American people want.”

Slowly, the Senate bill’s contours were taking shape.

Senate Democrats were removing $1.5 million for a bridge between New York state and Canada and around $140 million for a rapid transit project south of San Francisco after Republicans cast both as pet projects f or Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D–Calif.).

Aides to both Democratic leaders said the projects weren’t new and had been supported by the Trump administration.

Democrats are using special rules that will let them avoid GOP filibusters that would require them to garner an impossible 60 votes to approve the legislation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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