- A fourth stimulus check for $1,400 dollars is proposed, although it is intended to be for the elderly.
- Some call for a fourth round of “$ 1,400 emergency stimulus checks” to help seniors get through an “unprecedented inflationary year.”
- Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar also presented a proposal to provide monthly checks for $ 1,200 to adults and $ 600 to children.
The new delta variant and the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country has changed the outlook, for this reason, authorities are now proposing to deliver a fourth stimulus check for $ 1,400 dollars, although it is intended to be for the elderly.
Right after Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced a bill to issue monthly checks for $ 1,200 to adults and $ 600 to children, the nonpartisan Senior Citizens League (TSCL) had something to say.
They propose a fourth check for $ 1,400, but it will not be for everyone
This senior citizen advocacy group has asked lawmakers for a fourth round of “$ 1,400 emergency stimulus checks” to help seniors get through an “unprecedented inflationary year.”
The petition of the League of Senior Citizens has a specific target audience: seniors. “Social Security benefits are one of the few types of inflation-adjusted retirement income, but skyrocketing inflation has affected the family finances of Social Security recipients, retirees, and the disabled,” they argue.
The statistics confirm it
The cost of living for a Social Security beneficiary in 2022 could increase 6.2 percent, although the increase in federal aid this year was only 1.3 percent, the group indicates in its petition.
This has not been the only proposal that has emerged from the community or legislators to ask the Biden administration for another check. Some 116,000 citizens have signed an online petition for recurring checks of $ 2,000 for adults and $ 1,000 for dependent children in the past month.
Petition voted by almost 3 million citizens
The petition, published on Change.org since last year, already has more than 2,875,490 signatures, one of the proposals most valued by the community on the website. Newsweek. Although it has not yet been flagged by a legislator who presents it in the House of Representatives or the US Senate.
Still, Ilhan Omar, the Democratic Representative from Minnesota, recently filed a similar proposal in the House of Representatives to award $ 1,200 monthly checks, which would equate to a guaranteed annual income of $ 14,400 per adult. The children would receive payments of $ 600 to the children.
They introduce law to grant monthly checks of $ 1,200 dollars
According to a report by the UBI Center, giving these monthly checks to adults and children would imply an investment for the country of $ 3.75 billion each year, which has aroused discontent in some.
The progressive representative’s goal in proposing the Sending Unconditional Payments to People Overcoming Resistances to Triumph (SUPPORT) Act is to establish a basic income for all Americans earning less than $ 75,000.
Start with pilot program
It is estimated that in a first phase, the plan would have $ 500 million annually with the idea of financing pilot programs at the local level. The ultimate goal is that by 2028, the “Guaranteed Income Tax Credit” (GITC) is officially established, that is, a guaranteed income base.
And it is that Omar does not justify the marked economic inequality in the United States. “Poverty is not an option. We have long prioritized endless growth while millions are homeless, hungry or without health coverage, ”he says.
Coping with poverty in Minnesota and the United States
This bill aims to tackle poverty in the richest country in the world and even more so now that the pandemic has accentuated inequality, the representative wrote in a statement. “We as a nation have the ability to ensure that everyone has their basic needs, such as food, shelter and health care, satisfied,” he said.
“Building successful pilots in my state of Minnesota, I am proud to introduce a guaranteed income that puts money directly into people’s pockets, and introduce holistic economic measures that ensure our economy is focused on the long-term prosperity of the people. Minnesotans and all Americans! wrote Omar.
Support from your colleagues
Omar is not alone in her daring approach. This proposal is also supported by Representatives Jamaal Bowman, Cori Bush, Dwight Evans, Pramila Jayapal, and Marie Newman.
“We know that the way to address poverty is to eliminate it. I am delighted that Representative Omar is presenting this bold proposal to fully address poverty in this country and ensure that people have their basic material needs met, ”also applauded Darrick Hamilton, professor of economics and urban policy at New School.
Guaranteed income of $ 14,400 per year
Hamilton also explained that “this proposal would equate to a guaranteed income of $ 14,400 for adults and $ 7,200 for children, or $ 43,200 on average for a family of four. If we are going to tackle poverty and inequity in this country, we need bold solutions. And that’s what Representative Omar just proposed.
This proposal will have to be debated in the House of Representatives and the Senate to be finally approved, although the Republican side is expected to put up strong resistance.
Not a priority for Biden
On several occasions they have asked the Biden Administration for more checks for citizens. Such is the case of the letter sent by 21 senators last March to the president requesting recurring stimulus checks, arguing that the third check for $ 1,400 was not enough.
Still, this is not the priority of the Biden administration, which has focused on promoting the $ 3.5 trillion budget bill and a bipartisan infrastructure bill. None of them include stimulus checks. They propose a fourth check for $ 1,400, but it will not be for everyone.
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