Two methods Joe Biden’s proposed stimulus checks are completely different from the primary two rounds
President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $ 1.9 trillion bailout Thursday evening that aims to cut a new round of $ 1,400 direct checks to round out the recently distributed $ 600 payments.
“We’re going to end the task of getting $ 2,000 in cash to the people who need it most,” said Biden, adding that the $ 600 already provided just isn’t enough.
For part of the multimillion dollar population – adult dependents – Biden’s proposed plan would actually begin the work of easing money. And this round of controls would expand payments to households whose family members have different immigration status.
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In the first two rounds of direct payments, starting with the CARES bill of $ 2.2 trillion in March and the $ 900 billion plan in December, the government would pay for dependents under the age of 17. However, according to proponents, this left out many relatives.
These rules may have left more than 15 million people aged 17 and over missed, according to the left-wing Center on Budgetary and Political Priorities.
That’s roughly five million 17- and 18-year-olds, roughly four million college students aged 19-23, 400,000 disabled people aged 19 and over, and over five million adult relatives cared for by relatives and their adult children.
Other legislative proposals since the CARES Act have attempted to include adult relatives in the stimulus check mix.
The HEROES bill, which was passed in the democratically controlled House of Representatives, had direct controls on adult dependents. So did the HEALS Act, the August offer by the Senate Republicans. The changes to the dependent rules have “provided even more support for families caring for vulnerable adult relatives,” said then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
There is no guarantee that money will be available for adult relatives this time. Biden’s stimulus proposal, along with the HEROES and HEALS laws, is an opening offer in the ongoing Capitol Hill back and forth for money for COVID-19 aid.
The same applies to possible payments to families with mixed immigration status.
Families with mixed immigration status would have expanded access to stimulus checks
Biden wants direct checks for all mixed status families, whether or not Social Security card holders.
The CARES law approved payments for citizens and holders of a green card. However, if they were married to someone without a Social Security number, no person was allowed to receive a stimulus check. Immigrant lawyers have challenged the matter in court.
The $ 900 billion aid package approved in December has improved the rules. In a “mixed status” family, the spouse of the social security card holder and all children would be paid with social security numbers, but not the other non-citizenship spouse without that number. The laws also allowed a backward payment on the $ 1,200.
According to the National Immigration Forum, 16.2 million people live in such families. This includes 5.5 million citizens or green card holders who live with at least one undocumented relative who uses a unique tax identification number to pay the Internal Revenue Service.
Millions of immigrants and immigrants have mistakenly missed previous aid packages, including many who were “at the forefront of the pandemic,” said Jorge Loweree, policy director at the American Immigration Council. “People should not be punished for the immigration status of the person they are about to marry. The relief plan proposed by President Biden would change this short-sighted and discriminatory approach to COVID relief by extending aid to all families of mixed status. ”