More than 50 House progressives are pushing President Joe Biden to prioritize recurring direct checks instead of one-time payments in the next rescue package, upping the demands on Democratic leaders in their race to draft a bill.
The group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), sent a letter to the Biden administration on Thursday calling for regularly delivered checks through the end of the pandemic, rather than a single $1,400 payment that is likely to fall short of expenses like rent or mortgage payments.
While I understand many on the right (and probably some centrist/moderate types) will be violently opposed to the idea of the government issuing ongoing COVID-19 relief checks I think the idea has a ton of merit. Many millions of Americans are struggling mightily when it comes to making ends meet, with a great number of Americans having to avail themselves of food banks and an estimate that some 17 million adults are not current on their rent or mortgage. Now’s not the time for half-measures and partisanship – our elected leaders need to act decisively to help out the millions of Americans who are struggling desperately.