Americans Call Lean $ 600 Stimulus Checks ‘Shame’
News that a second round of dunning checks could be included in a new coronavirus aid bill was greeted with a mixture of relief and derision by many Cash-strapped Americans who have been out of work throughout the pandemic.
While the checks were not part of the original bipartisan relief bill unveiled on Monday, lawmakers including Sen. Bernie Sander (I-VT) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) have urged their colleagues to include. The controls would be value between $ 600 and $ 700 for each taxpayer and their dependents, although Hawley unsuccessfully forced a vote on checks for $ 1,200 Friday.
The first set of checks, which were distributed earlier this year, were worth $ 1,200 for people earning less than $ 75,000 per year and $ 500 for dependents under 17 years of age.
Laney Oden, 32, says the check for $ 600 is better than nothing. Oden lost his 11-year job at a restaurant in California when the coronavirus hit in March. She says her long-term unemployment benefits are about to expire and any help would help pay her bills.
“The $ 600 would do fine for now, but some will already have to spend it before they even reach their bank accounts,” Oden said. “I think a little more would be appropriate, but we’ll take anything at this rate.”
Others, however, expressed frustration that the checks are essentially worth half of their previous amount.
Emily May, 27, lost her job at a restaurant in New York City in March. She relied on unemployment checks to keep her head above water on her bills, including about $ 600 a month in private student loan payments.
As the first round of revival checks have been sent to eligible taxpayers whether or not they have lost their jobs, May said this time, larger checks should be sent to those in need of cash, including the unemployed and homeowners small businesses.
“It’s a traumatic time for many families,” May said. “I don’t think it’s fair to send $ 600 to everyone, including employees, when those who are unemployed are suffering tremendously. At the very least, $ 1,200 is a great way to help. those who really suffer. “
The bill lawmakers are negotiating also extends Unemployment Insurance (UI) to concert workers and the long-term unemployed, who were scheduled to lose their IUs on Boxing Day. It also provides an additional $ 300 per week in unemployment benefits until April 19, 2021.
Yet after nearly nine months of economic stagnation, millions of Americans are months behind on their housing payments and other invoices. Many “wiped out their savings” or “suffered massive pay cuts and will not be entitled to any reimbursement for lost wages,” said Joe C., 24, who asked that his last name not be used to protect his privacy. A bigger check would help fill part of the deficit that many households face, says the Tennessee resident.
“I’m also worried about my loved ones, many of whom can only work part-time and a car problem or a sick day could be devastating,” he says.
Faith Crockett, 27, calls checks for $ 600 a “shame.” She says that regardless of political party, supporting fellow Americans should be the top priority of all politicians, especially during a pandemic where many people have lost income through no fault of their own.
“Above all, it shows us in our darkest times, our political leaders show no compassion and give us little hope,” she said.
LeeAnn Luciano-Lecara, 52, agrees. She has been looking for a job she can do from home since March, when she quit the job she had in a grocery store for nine years because she is immunocompromised.
Although the Connecticut resident was “grateful” for the first stimulus check, which helped pay for her electric bill and groceries, she wishes Democrats and Republicans could work together to get more money. help Americans. She finds arguments against increasing aid due to the increase in the federal deficit unconvincing and believes that checks should be more important.
“Democrats and Republicans have had no problem closing the deficit in the past… so why stop now,” she said. “There is a virus raging, killing families, putting emotional and financial strain on everyone.”