In a deal that lawmakers and the White House hope will help jumpstart a wheezing economy, leaders on both sides of the aisle agreed on a $150 billion economic stimulus plan that would hand most taxpayers rebate checks of between $600 and $1,200.
Under the plan agreed to on Jan. 24, individuals who pay taxes would receive up to $600 in the mail. Those who earn at least $3,000 but don't pay taxes would get $300. Working couples would receive $1,200. Families with children would be entitled to receive an extra $300 per child. Roughly 117 million Americans will receive a check in the mail, including over 35 million who would not have gotten a simple tax rebate.
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