Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Ed Markey have introduced a Bill That will Give Americans $2,000 Per Month Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Although some Americans have received some help with the Cares Act in March that gave Americans a one-time payment of $1,200 and an extra $500 for each child in an attempt to provide relief, some lawmakers say that is not enough.
“The coronavirus pandemic has caused millions to struggle to pay the bills or feed their families,” Kamala Harris said in a statement. She cited the stimulus package as an important step but added it’s not enough. “Bills will continue to come in every single month during the pandemic, and so should help from the government. The Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act will ensure that families have the resources they need to make ends meet. I am eager to continue working with Senators Sanders and Markey as we push to pass this bill immediately.”
Bernie Sanders added his support:
“As a result of this horrific pandemic, tens of millions of Americans are living in economic desperation, not knowing where their next meal or paycheck will come from. The one-time $1,200 check that many Americans recently received is not nearly enough to pay the rent, put food on the table, and make ends meet. During this unprecedented crisis, Congress has a responsibility to make sure that every working-class household in America receives a $2,000 emergency payment a month for each family member.”
With parts of the country reopening, the likely hood of this bill passing unfortunately is unpredictable. As of Friday, the unemployment rate has soared to 14.7 percent in April, making it the highest since the Great Depression.