Are We Going to Get a Second Round of Stimulus Checks for $2,000 Each Month?

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  • Will a one-time $1,200 stimulus check be enough to pull the U.S.

    economy out of the doldrums? No, according to Rep.

    Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Rep.

    Tim Ryan (D-OH).

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    Will a one-time $1,200 stimulus check be enough to pull the U.S.

    economy out of the doldrums? No, according to Rep.

    Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Rep.

    Tim Ryan (D-OH).

    That's why they introduced a bill in Congress that would give every qualifying American over the age of 16 a stimulus payment of up to $2,000 each month for up to a year (plus $500 for up to three children).

    If the Emergency Money for the People Act became law, the $2,000 monthly payments would be guaranteed for at least six months.

    They would then be renewed for another six months, unless the employment-to-population ratio for people ages 16 and older returns to the pre-coronavirus employment level of 60%.

    These payments would not count as income, so they would not affect your eligibility for any income-based federal or state government assistance programs

    Unlike the CARES Act, which authorized the round of stimulus checks being sent out now, the new bill would provide payments to college students and adults with disabilities even if they are claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax return.

    For people who don't have a bank account or a home address to receive a check, the new bill would also allow people to get paid by direct deposit, check, pre-paid debit card, or even mobile money platforms such as Venmo, Zelle, or PayPal.

    Eligibility for the $2,000 Payments
    Eligibility for the $2,000 monthly payments under the Emergency Money for the People Act would be much broader than for the current CARES Act stimulus payments.

    To qualify for the monthly payments under the bill, you would have to be:

    A citizen or resident of the U.S.; and

    At least 16 years old as of January 1, 2020.

    The citizenship or residency requirement would be satisfied if a person is physically present in the U.S.

    continuously since January 27, 2020, and stays in the U.S.

    throughout the payment period.

    (A person would fail to maintain a continuous presence in the U.S.

    if he or she left the country for any period exceeding 90 days or for any periods, in the aggregate, exceeding 180 days.)

    Total Amount of Monthly Payments
    As mentioned above, monthly payments would be up to $2,000 per person ($4,000 for joint filers), plus an additional $500 per month per child (up to a maximum of $1,500 per month).

    However, the monthly amount would be phased out for people with a 2019 adjusted gross income (AGI) over $130,000 ($260,000 for joint filers).

    The phase-out rate would be 5% for each $1,000 over the threshold amount.

    Likelihood of Passage
    There hasn't been a lot of interest for the bill so far on Capitol Hill.

    However, that could change now that Congress finished replenishing the CARES Act's Payroll Protection Program for small business loans.

    Nevertheless, even if interest among lawmakers does pick up, the bill would still have an uphill battle to passage.

    It appears as if Senate Republicans want to proceed more slowly on additional stimulus measures going forward.

    Stay tuned!

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