Some Democrats in Congress want you to get $ 2,000 stimulus checks every month until the Covid-19 pandemic is over.
Here’s what you need to know.
As Congress debates third stimulus check, some members of Congress are pushing for $ 2,000 in stimulus checks each month. Unlike a one-time stimulus check for $ 1,400, a stimulus check proposal of $ 2,000 each month could be available until the economy is fully recovered. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted last month, “We need recurring checks of $ 2,000 until the pandemic is over. I joined @TimRyan, @MichaelDTubbs, Stephanie Bonin and Natalie Foster in asking for recurring payments of $ 2,000 from Americans until the economy is fully recovered.
In January, Omar and 55 Democrats sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to do more than the $ 1,400 stimulus check he included in his $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package.
Other stimulus checks could happen
If some Senate Democrats are successful, more stimulus checks and improved unemployment insurance could come. In the coming weeks, a group of Senate Democrats, including Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), will send a letter to urge Biden to support recurring stimulus checks until the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We urge you to include recurring direct payments and automatic extensions of unemployment insurance linked to economic conditions in your long-term economic plan, Build Back Better.” write the senators. “This crisis is far from over and families deserve to know that they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. Families should not be at the mercy of constantly changing legislative timetables and ad hoc solutions. “
Although the letter does not specify a dollar amount or the frequency of stimulus checks, some of the senators have previously supported $ 2,000 stimulus checks each month for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Vice President Kamala Harris, who did not sign the letter, backed monthly $ 2,000 stimulus checks when she was a US Senator). Will Congress renew this policy proposal? Supporters say stimulus checks and unemployment insurance are essential tools in lifting people out of poverty. According to a study by the Urban Institute cited in the letter:
- another one-time stimulus check of $ 1,200, plus improved unemployment insurance and other aid could keep 12 million people out of poverty; and
- a second direct payment could keep 6.3 million more people above the poverty line.
Will you get a third stimulus check?
The push for more stimulus checks comes as the US Senate reviews Biden’s stimulus package, including a one-time stimulus check for $ 1,400. Congress is unlikely to support the monthly stimulus checks. Considering the overall cost, Senate Republicans are unlikely to support another stimulus check, let alone a $ 2,000 stimulus check or whatever amount every month until the end of the pandemic. Covid-19. Moderate Democrats such as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) may also continue to object to the new stimulus check, but are unlikely to support the recurring stimulus checks either. While Biden, a moderate Democrat, could support additional direct stimulus payments this year, he too is unlikely to support recurring monthly stimulus checks. In response, the senators who drafted the letter say 65% of Americans support recurring cash payments for the remainder of the Covid-19 pandemic, of which 54% are Republicans and 60% are independents. Progressives are pushing forward a larger agenda that includes more stimulus checks, improved unemployment benefits, a $ 15 minimum wage and student loan cancellation.