Lawmakers continue to push for Biden to issue a fourth stimulus check

The idea of a fourth and even a fifth stimulus check is gaining momentum in Congress, as a growing number of lawmakers support a plan that provides additional help this year to help households whose economies are still struggling. What do we know about this?

A fourth and even a fifth stimulus check is being requested by some members of Congress to keep 12 million more Americans out of poverty. What are the chances of this happening?

The American Rescue Plan was President Biden's administration's first stimulus package, and it included $ 1,400 stimulus checks, plus an additional $ 300 in weekly unemployment benefits and a Child Tax Credit that will run through 2022.

Though there is much talk about the economic recovery that the United States is having after the pandemic and there is great optimism about how it is evolving, there are people who have not yet reached a new job and economic stability and who continue to struggle to get ahead after a year of confinement in which debts have accumulated.

Employment has begun to grow but there are circumstances, such as not knowing who to leave the children with, the fear of catching Covid-19, which are not allowing people to return to have a regular job.

Some think that unemployment benefits make other people prefer to receive them before working and that is why some states are already cutting them intending to get people to return to work.

A large number of people have used their stimulus checks to cope with the pandemic, others to obtain health insurance, and some invested it to get more out of it, but some have used it to pay debts and survive and the fact that their unemployment benefits are withdrawn puts them in a truly complicated situation.

After the American Rescue Plan, two more stimulus bills have been proposed: the American Family Plan and the American Jobs Plan, but neither contemplates a new stimulus check.

Because of this, certain Democratic House and Senate legislators have supported issuing a fourth stimulus check, which should include recurring or monthly payments.

It is yet to be known if President Biden will agree to this further on.


 

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