U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has called for a $2,000 “stimulus checks” to his fellow Americans, contending that the current $ 600 coronavirus relief payment is not sufficient to select between paying rent or putting food on the table.
Mr. Biden has called the current $600 round of cash a “down payment,” and early last week, he said $2,000 checks would go out “immediately” if his party took control of both houses of Congress.
With the Democrats now having a majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, and Mr. Biden set to be sworn in as the 46th President of the US on January 20, the former vice president is likely to push for a new stimulus package later this month. “$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table. We need $2,000 stimulus checks,” Mr. Biden said on Sunday.
Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has moreover tuned for a $2,000 check. In December, the House of Representatives also passed a bill. Nevertheless, the play has blocked the Republicans, who then possessed a majority in the Upper Chambers.
Two Indian-American lawmakers, Congressman Ro Khanna, and Pramila Jayapal, have also urged for $2,000 stimulus checks.
Mr. Biden is anticipated to introduce more details on his recommendation in the coming week. However, he has been speaking about rushing to get $2,000 into the hands of Americans.
Mr. Biden gave rise to the call for new aid – encompassing boosting stimulus checks to $2,000 – after a suddenly low December employment report that indicated a fall in restaurant service. President Trump approved a $ 900 billion relief bill last month, which comprised additional unemployment advantages extended to mid-March. This timeframe could perform as a deadline for lawmakers to change positions to the next package.