A DEMOCRATIC congresswoman wants to give every American a $2,000 check, followed by a monthly Covid payment of $1,000 – including immigrants who are not in the country legally.
Rep Rashida Tlaib suggested on Tuesday that everyone – including people who are not lawful residents of the United States – should receive the monthly injection of cash after dealing with the effects of coronavirus.
Tlaib is trying to pass the Automatic Boost to Communities (ABC) Act, which she has reintroduced along with Dem Rep Pramila Jayapal of Washington.
In a press release, she said: "In the last year of this global pandemic, we have seen corporations and CEOs reap the benefits of payouts and soaring profits.
"While everyday workers, low-income people and families across the country have been left to scrape by without any recurring, aggressive, and inclusive financial assistance from our federal government."
Jayapal agreed: "Our legislation acknowledges that a one-time survival check isn't enough to get people through this crisis.
"Instead, we send out recurring checks every month during the crisis and for a year after it ends. That is money in people's pockets, and certainty in their lives."
Jayapal said the ABC Act would be more than "immediate relief" and provide "stability, certainty and predictability" to all Americans in a Twitter post.
If the bill passes, it would mean the Treasury Department giving everyone a American a $2,000 check and then $1,000 every month for a year after the end if the pandemic.
Democratic lawmakers insist the ABC Act puts "real money" into people's hands.
It requires the US Mint to create $1trillion+ coins. This money would be purchased by the Federal Reserve and then moved into the US Treasury to cover the payments.
Joe Biden recently signed the $1.9trillion bill into law and Americans are receiving their third stimulus payment – but Jayapal and Tlaib argue that's not enough.
The second batch of $1,400 payments will arrive in bank accounts today but older Americans and those receiving social security benefits may have to wait longer.
The IRS said it began to process millions more third stimulus checks on Friday with a pay date of March 24 yet did not reveal the exact number of payments issued.
Meanwhile, the Data for Progress and the Justice Collaborative Institute reported that 66 percent of respondents preferred to receive recurring payments until the coronavirus emergency is over.
Immigrant and small businesses advocates also support Tlaib's and Jayapal's proposal to help hard-hit families and individuals, reported Newsweek.
Economic Security Project Co-Chair Natalie Foster described the act a "critical lifeline for those the recovery is leaving behind."
UBI expert Scott Santeens said universality and unconditionality of the payments would increase the immediacy and lesson errors of the payment program.
In an article for The Swamp, he wrote: "The fastest possible way to get money to people is to decide on a number and just send them to everyone without any means test."
He suggested wealthy Americans could get taxed on it the next year.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen this week told ABC: "The most significant risk we face is a workforce that is scarred by a long period of unemployment.
"People being out of work, not able to find jobs, can have a permanent effect on their well-being. I think that's the most significant risk.
"Is there a risk of inflation? I think there's a small risk. And I think it's manageable."
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