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Congress Members Tim Ryan and Ro Khanna have introduced HR 6496, the Emergency Money for the People Act, which would help people out with $2,000 per month until employment returns to pre-COVID-19 levels.

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Who would be helped?
  • Every American adult age 16 and older making less than $130,000 annually would receive at least $2,000 per month.
  • Married couples earning less than $260,000 would receive at least $4,000 per month.
  • Qualifying families with children will receive an additional $500 per child – families will receive funds for up to three children.
  • For example, a married couple making under $260K with 3 kids would receive $5,500 per month.
  • Those who had no earnings, were unemployed, or are currently unemployed would also be eligible.
  • Those who were not eligible in 2019 or 2018 but would be eligible in 2020, could submit at least two consecutive months of paychecks to verify income eligibility.
  • The Emergency Money for the People Act also expands the program to millions more Americans who were excluded from the CARES cash rebates – such as college students and adults with disabilities who are still claimed as a dependent. The individual will receive the payment and their parent or guardian will receive the dependent credit.
Taxpayers just gave COVID-19 bailouts to giant corporations, why not people?

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin claims $1,200 should sustain a family for 10 weeks (together with some businesses getting loans and some people receiving unemployment checks). That’s $120 a week or $6,240 a year. At that rate, a family that spent not one dime could amass the $400 million Mnuchin owns in a mere 64,102 years of living outdoors and not eating.

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