A GROUP of 21 Senators are pushing for monthly stimulus checks until the Coronavirus pandemic is over.
The lawmakers have called on President Joe Biden to include recurring payments and jobless benefits into the upcoming COVID-19 recovery proposal.
The Senators say the $1,400 in stimulus payments included in Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan earlier this month will only go so far and urge Biden to include recurring direct payments to individuals for the duration of the pandemic.
Biden is set to unveil his “Build Back Better” legislation on Thursday.
The proposal will focus on U.S. infrastructure and climate plans.
Senators wrote in their letter to Biden: “We urge you to include recurring direct payments and automatic unemployment insurance extensions tied to economic conditions in your Build Back Better long-term economic plan.
“This crisis is far from over, and families deserve certainty that they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads.
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“Families should not be at the mercy of constantly-shifting legislative timelines and ad hoc solutions.
“While we are pleased that the American Rescue Plan included a one-time direct payment and an extension of federal unemployment insurance programs, a single direct payment will not last long for most families.”
The letter was signed by nearly half of the Senators including Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.