House Democrats continue to push for more stimulus checks

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It appears that House Democrats are still making a strong push for stimulus checks to be included in the next stimulus package.

Earlier this month, Senate Republicans attempted to pass a smaller stimulus bill through Congress that was known as the “skinny stimulus.”

This was a much smaller stimulus package that contained certain benefits like aid for school and coronavirus vaccines but the package left out several items that had been included in prior negotiations and among those missing: more stimulus checks.

The bill failed to get the necessary 60 votes to advance and so it didn’t go anywhere as many expected.

But now, Democrats are pushing back on the stimulus check exclusion. Yesterday, during a congressional hearing with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, some Democrats made it clear that stimulus checks are still necessary.

“The economic impact payments must be made because the rent must be paid,” said Rep. Al Green, D-Texas.

“If we do not do this, we will put persons at risk of being evicted at a time when we are having a pandemic that is still taking lives in this country,” he said.

Interestingly, the Treasury department also may not have adequate data on the number of qualified individuals who did not receive their first stimulus checks.

It’s possible that the number of excluded individuals could be in the millions.

This only adds to the need to get more eight out to the public as soon as possible, as the IRS is already in the process of mailing out letters to about 9 million Americans to notify them that they are eligible for that first check.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., also expressed her belief for a second round of checks, asking Mnuchin, “Yes or no, do you believe another stimulus check could help stabilize the economy?”

Mnuchin responded that he does and that the administration supports another stimulus payment.

“We obviously can’t pass a bill in the Senate without bipartisan support,” Mnuchin said. “Our job is to continue to work with Congress to try to get additional help to the American public.”

“I think you need to be very clear with the senators … that direct payments to individuals is critical to preventing economic collapse in our country,” Tlaib said.

It’s good to see that House democrats are continuing to apply pressure with respect to more stimulus checks.

It’s an indication that the party has not given up on the prospect of more checks despite all of the complications that have arisen such as the issues surrounding the replacement of Supreme Court justice Ginsburg.

There is still a lot of work to be done but at least we can say that all hope is not lost at this point.

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