Stimulus update: $1,200 monthly checks proposed in Congress, but not for 2021

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Legislation calling for monthly stimulus checks with payments up to $1,200 for adults and $600 for children was recently proposed in a bill. However, the White House has not made any plans for introducing a recurring stimulus payment or another stimulus check beyond the three that have already been distributed. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)AP

Progressive Democrats in Congress proposed legislation last week calling for monthly stimulus checks with payments up to $1,200 for adults and $600 for children.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) introduced the Sending Unconditional Payments to People Overcoming Resistances to Triumph (SUPPORT) Act, which would give adults $1,200 a month and children $600 a month in guaranteed income, according to a press release announcing the bill.

Though the proposal sounds exciting, it will not be happening anytime soon.

The SUPPORT Act, which is cosponsored by Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Dwight Evans (D-Pa.), Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), and Pramila Jayapal (D-Calif.), would create a $2.5 billion grant fund to run a pilot program from 2023 to 2027 where different communities would receive monthly checks.

The results from the pilot program would then kickstart the actual program, which would begin in 2028.

Once the program begins in 2028, adults who do not exceed the income threshold of $75,000 per year or $112,000 per year if they are filing taxes as the head of household would receive $1,200 a month in stimulus checks.

Families would receive an extra $600 for every child in the household under the plan, which would even include undocumented immigrants and people without bank accounts.

The proposal comes after a grassroots effort of more than 2.73 million people have signed a Change.org petition calling for the federal government to provide $2,000 in monthly stimulus payments.

“We need immediate checks and recurring payments so that we can keep our heads above water,” Stephanie Bonin, one of the larger petitions’ creators, told Newsweek.

However, it is unlikely that Americans will receive a fourth stimulus check or recurring stimulus payments like some members of Congress are proposing.

The White House has not made any plans for introducing a recurring stimulus payment or another stimulus check beyond the three that have already been distributed.

Their reasoning for not distributing anymore stimulus money is due to the continued improvement of the economy, and several stimulus programs already in place, such as:

  • Stimulus checks - Three stimulus checks of up to $1,400 have been delivered to individuals who meet the requirements.
  • Child tax credit - The expansion of the child tax credit gives qualifying families up to $3,600 per child.
  • Federal unemployment bonus - The federal government extended the $300 weekly unemployment bonus to Sept. 6, although half of the states have opted out of the measure before the cut-off.

Related stories to the stimulus:

Stimulus check update: $2,000 monthly payments? Petition has over 2.7 million signatures

Stimulus update: Here’s how much money you will get in 2021

$1,000 bonus checks are being sent to some people; here’s who gets them

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