Some House Democrats have introduced legislation that would pay millions of Americans $2,000 a month during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to the NY Post, the bill known as the Emergency Money for the People Act — was proposed by Reps. Tim Ryan of Ohio and Ro Khanna of California, and aims to provide relief to Americans. The new bill includes a $2,000 monthly payment to every qualifying American over the age of 16, which citizens would receive until US employment returns to pre-pandemic levels, which could take months or even years to happen.
“The economic impact of this virus is unprecedented for our country. As millions of Americans file for unemployment week over week, we have to work quickly to patch the dam — and that means putting cash in the hands of hard-working families,” Ryan said in a statement.
Khanna emphasized that a one-time payment is not enough to help families make it through these tough times.
“Americans need sustained cash infusions for the duration of this crisis in order to come out on the other side alive, healthy, and ready to get back to work. Members on both sides of the aisle are finally coming together around the idea of sending money out to people. Rep. Ryan and I are urging leadership to include this bill in the fourth COVID relief package to truly support the American working class,” Khanna said.
In the proposed bill, every American adult age 16 and older, making less than $130,000 a year, would receive at least $2,000 per month.
Qualifying families with children would also receive an additional $500 per child, and those families could get payments for up to three children. So, for example, a married couple making under $260,000 with three kids would receive $5,500 per month.
Americans with no earnings, who were unemployed, or are currently unemployed would also be eligible.