US Senators introduce amendment to stimulus bill that gives $1,200 to adults, $500 to their children

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WASHINGTON (WNCN) — Two United States senators have introduced a bipartisan amendment that would give another $1,200 direct payment to most Americans and $500 to their children.

The proposed amendment is much different than the speculated $600 that Congress and the Trump administration has discussed. The administration offered a a $916 billion package to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that would send a $600 direct payment to most Americans but eliminate a $300-per-week employment benefit favored by a bipartisan group of Senate negotiators.

Sponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), it is similar to what was passed in the CARES Act and would be attached to “must-pass legislation” to keep the government going. 

“In the midst of this terrible pandemic and economic crisis, this amendment would make certain that working families get the urgent, direct support they need to survive,” said Sanders. “A direct payment of $1,200 for adults and $500 for kids would help desperate families pay rent and heating bills, put food on the table, and be able to go to the doctor. In the midst of so much economic desperation, Congress cannot go on recess without providing this $1,200 emergency assistance to the American people in their time of need. I look forward to working across the aisle with Senator Hawley to ensure that the United States Senate passes this amendment.”

“It would be a dereliction of duty if Congress adjourns for Christmas without having a vote on providing working families with direct payments,” said Hawley. “Working people are struggling. And they should be the first people given relief, not last. The crisis of rising unemployment claims, ever-expanding food lines, evictions, and growing credit card debt has been staring us in the face for months. It’s time we do something about it and provide emergency relief to Americans.”

The amendment is modeled on the $1,200 direct payment for working-class adults plus $500 for their children passed by Congress unanimously in the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in March and signed into law by President Trump.

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