Now that Democrats control the federal government, it comes as no surprise that the party wants credit for delivering greater financial assistance to struggling American families in the face of the pandemic, but little did we know they’d try to give away the bank in one fell swoop.
Keep in mind, this is the same party that obstructed any such relief for eight months just to ensure that former President Donald Trump would not get the credit ahead of the November election.
Democrats are expected to introduce legislation Monday that would provide $3,600 per year for millions of families that have children under the age of six, according to the Washington Post.
The proposal would be part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, and includes $3,000 per child for families with older children. Earnings from last year would be a determining factor, as the stipend “would diminish for Americans earning more than $75,000 per year, as well as for couples jointly earning more than $150,000 per year,” the newspaper reported.
The Internal Revenue Service would begin sending $250 per month to millions of families in July, according to details of the bill being pushed by Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.
“The pandemic is driving families deeper and deeper into poverty, and it’s devastating. … This money is going to be the difference in a roof over someone’s head or food on their table,” Neal said in a statement. “This is how the tax code is supposed to work for those who need it most.”
Much like their obstruction in 2020 was centered around an election, the proposal looks forward to the 2022 election, as the article noted that its success could “prove crucial to deciding Democrats’ ability to maintain control of Congress, given its likely direct impact on the lives of tens of millions of voters.”
According to Fox News, Biden’s relief plan “is expected to allocate $160 billion for vaccine distribution, boost expanded unemployment benefits to $400 a week through September and include a third stimulus check worth $1,400.”
“It will add to the nation’s already-ballooning deficit, which hit a record $3.1 trillion in fiscal year 2020, not including the $900 billion relief package passed in December,” the network reported.
The new proposal expected Monday is intended for one year, but the Post reported congressional Democrats and White House officials have said they’ll attempt to make the policy permanent later in the year to combat child poverty.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), was quoted discussing “economic justice.”
“Of all the policy issues being discussed this Congress, of all the things we’re working on, the biggest impact we can make for economic justice in our country — and enact measurable transformational change — lies within this policy that would slash child poverty,” Booker said.
Neal’s legislation has reportedly been reviewed by White House officials and Senate Democrats and has their support.
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said she is aiming to pass Biden’s relief package, which would include the child benefit, through the House within two weeks,” the Post added.
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