Four Republican senators on Thursday introduced a bill that would create a second round of coronavirus relief payments, providing more money for children and less for adults compared to the first round.
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The payments Congress provided for in legislation enacted in March, known as the CARES Act, were $ 1,200 per adult and $ 500 per child.
Adult dependents, who are not eligible for payments under the CARES Act, would also be eligible for payments of $ 1,000 under the Republican senators’ proposal.
Senators said their bill was intended to focus coronavirus aid on families. They noted that under their bill a family with two parents and two children would receive $ 600 more than under the CARES Act.
“Much of the burden of the pandemic has fallen on parents and children. This legislation prioritizes their needs by providing resources for school supplies, child care and other unforeseen expenses, ”Cassidy said in a press release.
The Senators’ bill comes as Republicans and Democrats negotiate yet another coronavirus relief plan. Lawmakers on both sides have said they want the legislation to include a second round of direct payments to Americans, but they have not agreed on all parameters.
Cassidy, Daines, Romney and Rubio’s bill differs from both the House Democrats’ proposal for a second round of direct payments and the HEALS bill unveiled by top Senate Republicans earlier this week .
Under the House Democrats’ proposal called the Heroes Act, families would receive payments of $ 1,200 per non-dependent adult and $ 1,200 per dependent for up to three dependents. HEALS provides for payments of $ 1,200 per adult and $ 500 per dependent.
“As we consider additional relief measures, we must prioritize families by providing them with resources to help them with the additional expenses they face as a result of COVID-19,” Romney said.
Lawmakers also disagree on who should be eligible for a second round of direct payments. House Democrats would allow both those with social security numbers and those with individual tax identification numbers to receive payments. The HEALS Act, as it does in the CARES Act, would only provide payments to people with qualifying Social Security numbers at work, and generally would not provide payments to U.S. citizens who file joint tax returns. with spouses who do not have social security numbers. .
Cassidy, Daines, Romney, and Rubio suggest providing payments only to those with a Social Security number, but would allow U.S. citizens married to foreign nationals to get payments.
The GOP Senators’ Bill would include the same income limits as the CARES Act and the other proposals for a second round of payments. Under the bill, people earning up to $ 75,000 and married couples earning up to $ 150,000 would be eligible for full amounts, and amounts would be phased out above those thresholds.
This isn’t the first time Cassidy, Daines, Romney and Rubio have supported family-oriented legislation. Senators are also sponsors of bills to provide financial assistance to new parents.
Cassidy and Daines are both running for re-election this year. Cook’s non-partisan political report calls Daines’ race a “toss-up,” while he calls Cassidy’s seat a “strong Republican.”