Congressional lawmakers want to turn stimulus checks into guaranteed monthly payments

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House Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation intended to convert periodic stimulus checks paid out during the pandemic into regular monthly payments for tax-paying adults.

Led by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a group of progressive Democrats proposed the Sending Unconditional Payments to People Overcoming Resistances to Triumph (SUPPORT) Act Friday to administer a national guaranteed income program.

Working adults would receive up to $1,200 a month, plus an additional $600 for children.

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“Poverty is a choice. For too long we have prioritized endless growth while millions are homeless, hungry or without healthcare,” said Rep. Omar. “The pandemic has laid bare these inequalities. We as a nation have the ability to make sure everyone has their basic needs like food, housing and healthcare met.”

Omar points to pilot programs paying a universal basic income to residents in some locales like Minnesota, saying she wants to build off their success.

“It’s crucial that we assess the economy based on how it serves working people, instead of on the profits of the largest corporations,” Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) said in a news release.

The group of Congressmembers also introduced the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) Act to create a new barometer of measuring the economy for working Americans.

Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), and Dwight Evans (D-Pa.) co-sponsored the two bills.

Families eligible for the current child tax credit can already opt to get the $3,600 incentive as monthly payments. Democrats have called on President Joe Biden to include the stipend in his infrastructure plan and make it permanent.

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