At least 2.1 million Americans want a fourth. That’s the subject of a petition on Change.org, a website that lets users collect signatures in support of their cause. Backers of the follow-up are calling on Congress to “support families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for kids immediately, and continuing regular checks for the duration of the crisis,” according to its author, Stephanie Bonin. The petition’s goal is to receive 3 million online signatures, or just under 1% of the US population.
The topic of a fourth stimulus check is alive and well in Washington, too. Although the White House has neither committed to a fourth stimulus check or ruled it out, the conversation did come up last week. “We’ll see what members of Congress propose,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said May 4 when asked whether President Joe Biden would back another. (Here’s how to .)
At this stage, a new stimulus check isn’t explicitly in either of Biden’s. However, the proposals do contain other ways you could get thousands of dollars in benefits or tax breaks, including from the , and up to expenses like day camp and after-school care. We’ll share what we know. Meanwhile, here’s how to and find out if for a previous tax refund. This story was recently updated.
Could a fourth stimulus check make it into one of Biden’s new plans?
Theapproved in March was Biden’s first stimulus package, with its , and an running into 2022. ( for the .)
The Biden administration advocates. Neither proposal calls for a at this stage. However, Democratic members of the House and Senate have thrown their weight behind a fourth stimulus check, including recurring or monthly payments. Earlier this spring, a group of 10 progressive lawmakers, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, asked Biden to include regular stimulus payments (PDF) in his next stimulus bill.
“We urge you to include recurring direct payments and automatic unemployment insurance extensions tied to economic conditions in your Build Back Better long-term economic plan,” the statement said. A few weeks later, another group of 21 Democrats made a similar request to Biden.
The $1,400 stimulus check also was left out of early proposals for what would become the, with an agreement to include the $600 stimulus check squeaking through as a late addition.
How the next stimulus ‘check’ might arrive
The American Rescue Plan contains three types of payments with money going directly to individuals, one of which is the $1,400 stimulus check. It’s possible a future bill could extend or introduce more money through direct checks that go to specific groups of recipients, including parents who earn below a certain income or people out of work.
Here are the three types of direct payments approved in the March 2021 bill:
Stimulus checks: The one-timehave been sending up to to those . (Here’s what to know about for people who may get more money on top of the check they already received.)
Child tax credit: An expansion of thesends qualifying families up to $3,600 for each child — you can here. These periodic checks will last through the end of the year, with a final payment in 2022.
Federal unemployment bonus: A monthlyis being sent until Sept. 6 at up to $300 a month, in addition to state benefits for unemployed workers.
Future checks could take these four forms instead
The third leg of Biden’s economic stimulus strategy — called the— could include more money going out directly to individuals and families. Here’s how.
Approve recurring payments: Biden’s American Families Plan proposal is the next likely place for Congress to provide more funding. This is where Democratic senators are calling on Biden to push for recurring fourth stimulus checks during the pandemic.
Make the child tax credit raise permanent: Money from the expandedis set to start in July, sending periodic payments to lower-income and middle-income families with children. In his speech before Congress, Biden called on the House and Senate to . Others, including Romney, also support making the credit permanent since it will lift millions of children out of poverty.
Pass a minimum wage hike: Some senators continue to look for ways to Sanders tweeted on March 5. A February report from the Brookings Institute models how a $15 minimum wage could help make 37% of US households financially self-sufficient., which currently stands at $7.25 per hour. In his speech before Congress, Biden called on the legislators to raise the minimum wage to $15. Sens. Mitt Romney and Kyrsten Sinema have also pitched a hike. Some proponents want to set the bar at a $15 hourly wage but others are looking to go to $11 an hour. “If any senator believes this is the last time they will cast a vote on whether or not to give a raise to 32 million Americans, they are sorely mistaken,”
Renew federal unemployment payments beyond September: Along with recurring payments, the 10 progressive senators in their letter to Biden requested he also extend federal unemployment assistance beyond September.
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