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Two new stimulus checks? These lawmakers want more direct payments


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WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — While many Americans are hoping for a fourth stimulus check, some lawmakers are already talking about a fifth. Members of a powerful congressional committee are calling for additional rounds of economic relief from the federal government for families still struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

With the third round of $1,400 stimulus checks behind us, a letter sent late last week to President Joe Biden from seven Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee calls for a fourth and fifth round of direct payments to assist people with housing, food and other payments. The committee oversees government budgeting and taxation. The group that signed the letter represents about 15% of the committee’s members.

“Families and workers shouldn’t have to worry about whether they’ll have enough money to pay for essentials in the months ahead as the country continues to fight a global pandemic and recession,” reads the letter.

The letter, dated May 17, doesn’t mention a dollar amount but lays out the possibility of two additional rounds of relief.

“A fourth and fifth check could keep an additional 12 million out of poverty,” the letter reads. “Combined with the effects of the [American Recovery Plan], direct payments could reduce the number in poverty in 2021 from 44 million to 16 million.”

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There are plenty of jobs.  People need to quit think the government (taxpayer) pockets are Mary Poppin's carpet bag.  I wouldn't be unwillingly to see what they could come up with for rental assistance for those working, a match type system. I wouldn't be unwillingly to see what they come up with for food assistance, farmer's market vouchers, or a step down assistance program.  However the last thing needed are more direct payments to people that can and should be working.  Businesses have upped wages, are offering bonuses and are begging for workers.  Free money is never free and it is killing the taxpayers.

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43 minutes ago, busrolls36 said:

I am working pretty much full time but I’m paying out of pocket for my health insurance and it’s awful but that extra cash again would come in handy since I have pretty much paid my car off and some other minor things! 

That is great, it sounds like you are doing well with paying down and almost eliminating debt, freeing up money to ease the health insurance debt. Why should every taxpayer suffer to fund anyone's life?  The purpose of the stimulus money to begin with was to assist all those that lost jobs and to STIMULATE THE ECONOMY.  The economy is suffering now because people won't work and there are countless jobs that need filled.  Tossing out money our country doesn't have is not a solution, it's a problem.  In the past when I wanted or needed extra money, I took a second job.  I never expected the government to send me a check.  

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Guest Hombrey

People do not realize that if you keep accepting free money from Government you are not building up your social security account thru Earned wages for your retirement..

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What happens when this does stop? The same thing if it stops now.

4 hours ago, Lyndsey33 said:

The hospital is now offering a sign on bonus to new employees for housekeeping and nutrition services. It keeps popping up on Facebook.  Something like $2000. Businesses are desperate for help but nobody wants to work.

$1000 bonus at Taco bell.

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3 hours ago, Guest Hombrey said:

People do not realize that if you keep accepting free money from Government you are not building up your social security account thru Earned wages for your retirement..

Social security will be bankrupt and gone before the younger ones reach retirement age. They want (not so) free money now.

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1 hour ago, Hostofchucks said:

Targeted income tax withholding freeze,more money in your pocket but not more "free money". Will never happen though ... Trump's Idea! Perhaps the Libs could rebrand it. More take home pay and you are working. Must be something wrong with that idea, I know it must be racist

Pay the working man/woman what they earn. Do not tax income. People's spendable income will  increase. They will use that money to buy things that other people earn money to make.

Remove job killing green deals and rules and regs that hinders production.

 

IT'S THAT SIMPLE, PEOPLE.

 

Get back to what built this country, the greatest human society ever.

 

Do all you can to remove Liberalism/Socialism and those that supports such things from your lives.

Drive those people back into the deep dark cave that spawned them.

Let freedom ring in your hearts and minds.

 

 

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I realize there are a few who are still needing help, but most of the people I have observed are either throwing their stimulus in the bank for safekeeping because they don't need it presently, or buying new goodies like TV's and using it for downpayments for side by sides and RV's and fun stuff like it.  We don't need any more stimulus checks.  There are a ton of jobs for the taking out there that pay decent money.  I see them listed every day.  People need to get out there! They really have their pick right now!  I know someone who quit their job, went to another job, didn't like it and in a week's time, got a better opportunity!  It's a job seeker's market right now!   

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3 hours ago, Polo said:

I realize there are a few who are still needing help, but most of the people I have observed are either throwing their stimulus in the bank for safekeeping because they don't need it presently, or buying new goodies like TV's and using it for downpayments for side by sides and RV's and fun stuff like it.  We don't need any more stimulus checks.  There are a ton of jobs for the taking out there that pay decent money.  I see them listed every day.  People need to get out there! They really have their pick right now!  I know someone who quit their job, went to another job, didn't like it and in a week's time, got a better opportunity!  It's a job seeker's market right now!   

Lazy greedy people become owned by others.

 

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