According to reports, it is predicted that in the next coronavirus relief package, Americans will be provided $600 worth of stimulus checks per week, which has hugely disappointed several people.
The previous CARES Act provided $1,200 in Economic Impact Payments to people who were financially suffering because of the pandemic.
Independent Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders has criticized the bipartisan bill that was proposed recently that did not include individual direct payments to people struggling through unemployment and calls for $1,200 stimulus checks to be renewed. However, many believe that the payments this time around will be a lot less than the previous relief bill.
After months of being in a deadlock, lawmakers are attempting to propose a plan that could be approved by both – the House and the Senate.
Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also spoke on the bill, encouraging her followers on Twitter to get in touch with their congressional representatives to call for increased funds.
Earlier this month, Missouri Republican Senator John Hawley and Bernie Sanders encouraged Republicans and Democrats to vote for additional stimulus checks.
Both of them agree that the checks should be of the same amount as the previous ones, which amounted to $1,200 to adults with an additional $500 per child. They also emphasized that the precious check was provided when the coronavirus situation was not as severe, and the checks are needed now more than ever.
Sanders also emphasized in his speech that millions of people in the US are unemployed and have lost health insurance amidst a global pandemic.
He also proceeded to add that Americans are starving, have run out of life savings, and are unable to pay for medical care or rent. He added that Black and Latin communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
According to a poll on Gallup, many people were of the view that the next stimulus check payment should amount to at least $900 or more. Around 5,000 people participated in the polls from which 70% believed that the government should provide direct payments to qualified adults and 66% voted for the stimulus checks to amount to more than $900.
After extensive talks and negotiations between Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, and Kevin McCarthy, they proposed a $600 stimulus check.
The number of coronavirus infections has exceeded a whopping 300,000 in the United States.