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The push for permanent stimulus checks continues as 7 Democrats urge Biden to include them in infrastructure

Added 05-24-21 11:14:02am EST - “Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee want to continue delivering stimulus and unemployment aid to sustain the economic recovery.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “The push for permanent stimulus checks continues as 7 Democrats urge Biden to include them in infrastructure”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Americans have so far received three stimulus checks, but since the start of the pandemic, a growing number of Democrats have been pushing for recurring payments to ensure economic recovery continues beyond the end of COVID-19. Seven more Democrats just joined the cause.

Last week, Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California, wrote a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to include recurring direct stimulus payments and unemployment benefits tied to economic conditions in his American Families Plan. The letter said that six in 10 adults reported the last round of stimulus checks would last less than three months, with most of them spending the checks on necessities like food and rent, stressing the need for long-term payments.

"The pandemic has served as a stark reminder that families and workers need certainty in a crisis," the Democrats wrote. "They deserve to know they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. They should not be at the mercy of constantly shifting legislative timelines and ad hoc solutions."

They added that jobless aid and stimulus payments "work in tandem," given that while unemployment benefits replace lost income from work, stimulus checks are "crucial for supporting struggling families that fall out of its reach."

Insider reported on April 22 that sending out a fourth and fifth stimulus check could keep 12 million more Americans out of poverty. On April 23, Insider reported that a growing number of Democrats, and Americans, think stimulus checks should be permanent.

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