A group of more than 50 progressive representatives in the US House asks President Joe Biden to move forward when it comes to direct payments, urging the president to demand a monthly incentive payment rather than a one-off check for $1,400.
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The group, led by Democratic Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar, wrote in a letter asking Biden for a recurring monthly payment that would last until the COVID-19 pandemic ended, Politico reported.
The letter did not state a specific amount for the recurring payment, only that a one-time payment of $1,400 would “provide a temporary lifeline, but if that money runs out, families will again struggle to pay for basic needs.”
According to the letter, the group asks that recurring cash payments from each COVID-19 relief package:
- Continue until the economy recovers with equal payments to adults and dependents.
- Go to all guest workers, refugees and their families.
- Includes elderly dependents such as disabled and elderly dependents and those over the age of 16 who are still classified as dependents.
The House is working on another stimulus package that the Biden administration says will include a $1,400 direct stimulus payment, improved federal unemployment benefits and money to cramped cities and states.
The “American Rescue Plan” has a price tag of $1.9 trillion, which includes one-time direct payments of $1,400 for Americans.
Omar, the whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said earlier this week that she and others “sent a letter to Biden” urging him to prioritize recurring payments.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has reversed the plan to issue a third stimulus check, saying an immediate $1,400 payment should be more targeted.
The group of 16 senators, led by Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine and Senator Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, held a Zoom meeting with members of the Biden administration on Sunday and urged the government to reserve the payments. for low incomes. Americans.
“I was the first to raise that issue, but there seemed to be a lot of agreement … that those payments should be more targeted,” Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins said Sunday.
“I would say it wasn’t clear to me how the administration arrived at the $1.9 trillion figure for the package.”
The $600 outright payment approved in December and sent out in the early weeks of January cost $167 billion, according to the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service.
A $1,400 check that would bring the total to $2,000 would cost about $464 billion, according to an estimate by the Joint Committee on Taxation.
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