America is very much on her way to the recovery stage of the global coronavirus pandemic, as vaccines continue to roll out in record numbers to all corners of the country.
With the vaccine comes some added security against an illness that spreads quickly and adversely affects some Americans terribly. As inoculations become commonplace, more and more states will find it appropriate to lift previous COVID restrictions, which will act as a catalyst for the economy, which has suffered greatly as a number of crowd-dependent industries struggled.
But we’re not quite there yet, and the US government is beginning to wonder if more direct financial stimulus is in order in the meantime.
“It was very encouraging to see the inclusion of direct cash assistance in your current economic rescue plan. However it is clear that during this unprecedented time in our nation’s history that we must take additional unprecedented action,” the group said.
The list of those involved included some familiar and predictable names.
The letter, led by Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, urged the Democratic leaders to continue the checks until the economy recovers with “equal payments to adults and dependents, prioritize those who need it most and will spend it quickest and include older dependents such as disabled and elderly dependents and those over the age of 16 still claimed as dependents.”
The letter’s signatories included Representatives Jamaal Bowman of New York; Cori Bush of Missouri; David Cicilline of Rhode Island; Jimmy Gomez of California; Pramila Jayapal of Washington; Ro Khanna of California; Ted Lieu of California; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; Mark Pocan of Wisconsin; Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts; Jamie Raskin of Maryland; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; and Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey.
There is no telling whether or not sufficient support exists to keep the idea afloat in Congress, however.
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