A sweeping proposal from Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) is gaining traction in Democratic Party circles. Their plan would give most Americans recurring $2,000 monthly checks until the end of the coronavirus crisis.
Per The Hill:
There’s no guarantee the costly proposal will make it into the final coronavirus package that will eventually be negotiated by the Trump administration and Democratic leaders.
Republicans, who control the Senate, are balking at the idea even as the president concedes more aid may be needed for workers.
But on a call with Democrats this week, sources said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) endorsed the monthly relief checks — the greatest indication yet that she could include the plan in the CARES 2 package that House Democrats plan to unveil in the coming days. (RELATED: Even This Dem Has Had ENOUGH of Pelosi)
“The government has told people we need to shelter in place to keep safe. So it’s the government’s obligation to provide for basic expenses while we’re telling people not to work. It’s really that simple,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a progressive leader who has authored legislation calling for more relief checks, told The Hill.
An April poll from MONEY/Morning Consult shows that 60 percent of Americans say the initial $1,200 stimulus check isn’t sufficient to get through the pandemic.