As the millions of Americans continue to financially struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, along with Ed Markey, of Massachusetts will introduce a bill towards the pandemic relief. It will be aimed at establishing a rebate payment program that would deliver $2,000 to U.S. residents, including children, until the COVID-19 pandemic has ended and after.
“Bills will continue to come in every single month during the pandemic and so should help from the government,” said Sen. Kamala Harris.
What does this bill propose?
- Payments would be available to US residents with or without a social security number (SSN). This includes undocumented immigrants who pay taxes, but do not have a SSN. This relief package is for all who have yet been helped by the CARES ACT.
- This bill would grant married couples who file together $4,000 and $2,000 for each child (up to three) per month.
- It would also prevent debt collectors access to seize payments from individuals who owe money.
- The monthly check would be available to every person with an annual income less than $120,000 during the pandemic and continues for three months after.
Bernie’s response to the government
“The one-time $1,200 check that many Americans recently received is not nearly enough to pay the rent, put food on the table and make ends meet. During this unprecedented crisis, Congress has a responsibility to make sure that every working-class household in America receives a $2,000 emergency payment a month for each family member,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The Vermont Senator added, “As a result of this horrific pandemic, tens of millions of Americans are living in economic desperation not knowing where their next meal or paycheck will come from.”
Congress continues to debate
With nearly 3.2 million Americans filing first-time unemployment claims last week, the previous seven-week total has been brought to a record breaking 33.5 million in unemployment claims, according to the Labor Department. Democrats continue to argue that more should be done to relieve the financial burden during this health crisis. Republicans refute and encourage that caution be taken as the U.S.’s economy continues to suffer due to COVID-19.
Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell also await for their new ‘Rooseveltian’ relief plan to be reviewed by Congress, as the Democratic party appears relentless to push the need for more financial relief for the American people.