Rep. Ilhan Omar calls on Biden to back ‘recurring cash payments’ until economy recovers

Rep. Ilhan Omar calls on Biden to back ‘recurring cash payments’ until economy recovers

Rep.
Ilhan
Omar, D-Minn.,
and
other
progressive
Democrats
are
calling
this
week
for

President
Biden
to
commit
to
recurring
cash
payments,
rather
than
one-off
stimulus
checks,
to
aid
Americans
during
the
coronavirus
pandemic.

In
his
“American
Rescue
Plan,”
Biden
asked
Congress
to
approve
a
$1.9
trillion
aid
package
that
includes
$1,400
direct
payments
for
Americans.
However,
Omar
and
other
progressives
have
argued
that
Biden’s
proposal
does
not
go
far
enough
to
address
the
current
financial
crisis.

Omar,
the
Congressional
Progressive
Caucus
whip
and
a
member
of
“The
Squad,”
tweeted
this
week
that
she
was
“circulating
a
letter
to
Biden”
pushing
for
the
recurring
payments.
In
another
tweet,
the
second-term
congresswoman
expressed
support
for
Sen.
Ed
Markey,
D-Mass.,
and
his
call
for
“recurring
$2,000
checks.”

“As
the
country
begins
to
look
towards
building
to
a
better
future,
we
need
to
provide
those
struggling
and
left
behind
with
consistent
reliable
cash
payments
during
this
COVID-19
crisis,”
Omar
said
in
the
letter,
which
was
obtained
by

the
Huffington
Post.
“We
hope
that
you
will
consider
recurring
cash
assistance
when
crafting
your
economic
policy
priorities
moving
forward.”

Omar
added
that
the
recurring
cash
payments
should
“continue
until
the
economy
recovers
with
equal
payments
to
adults
and
dependents,”
among
other
stipulations.
The
letter
did
not
detail
what
her
proposal
would
cost.

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Progressives
have
singled
out
Biden’s
call
for
$1,400
payments
as
a
source
of
concern,
arguing
that
the
president
had
effectively
reneged
on
a
pledge
for
$2,000
checks
if
the
Democrats
won
control
of
the
Senate.
Biden’s
defenders
have
pointed
out
the
fact
the
president
would
keep
his
pledge
since
the
$1,400
checks
would
follow
a
previous
$600
direct
payment
included
in
the
most
recent
aid
package
approved
last
December.

Biden
has
identified
economic
aid
as
a
top
priority
since
taking
office.
The
president
signed
two
executives
orders
aimed
at
jumpstarting
the
economy
on
Friday
afternoon,
including
a
directive
for
his
administration
to
begin
work
on
his
pledge
to
institute
a
$15
federal
minimum
wage.

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