$1,400 stimulus payments are rolling out to millions of Americans around the country, but is this the last direct payment? Or will there be another one?
Back in January, Vice President Kamala Harris and Joe Biden were pressed by 53 lawmakers who all signed a letter that insisted "one more check is not enough" to assist the American people and suggested recurring direct payments instead of one-offs. The letter is led by Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and prompts Democratic leaders to continue direct stimulus payments to Americans until the economy recovers.
Here's what was written, "Recurring direct payments until the economy recovers will ensure that people can meet their basic needs, provide racially equitable solutions, and shorten the length of the recession. Another one-time round of checks would provide a temporary timeline, but when that money runs out, families will once again struggle to pay for basic necessities."
Now, eleven more Senate Democrats have shown support for the letter, which has now turned into senators writing a separate letter that asks President Biden to include recurring payments in a new relief package. At the moment, President Biden hasn't shown support for recurring payments.
Letter signatories included: Representatives: Jamaal Bowman of New York; Cori Bush of Missouri; David Cicilline of Rhode Island; Jimmy Gomez of California; Pramila Jayapal of Washington; Ro Khanna of California; Ted Lieu of California; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; Mark Pocan of Wisconsin; Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts; Jamie Raskin of Maryland; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; and Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey.
Letter signatories included: Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon, chair of the Senate Finance Committee; Bernie Sanders of Vermont, chair of the Senate Budget Committee; Sherrod Brown of Ohio, chair of the Senate Banking Committee; Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Ed Markey of Massachusetts; Cory Booker of New Jersey; Michael Bennet of Colorado; Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin; Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Alex Padilla of California; and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.
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