With President Joe Biden and Congress now working out the details of, could Washington agree on a fourth stimulus check by the end of 2021? The out the — so far, the agency has sent nearly 167 million payments for $391 billion since the was passed. But as that last round of pandemic aid wraps up, some lawmakers are pushing for a fourth payment — either as a one-time check or a recurring payment.
At this point, President Joe Biden has not committed to a fourth check. Some members of Congress are asking the White House to incorporate direct payments to struggling families in the , citing widespread support from the public and financial analysts. Others in Washington disagree that additional relief money is necessary.
We’ll explain what’s going on with additional relief during this ongoing economic recovery. By the way, if you received anconfirming your third check, you should hold on to it. Meanwhile, here’s how to and to for the recurring . This story is updated regularly.
What to know about a potential 4th stimulus payment
Approved in March, thewas the Biden administration’s first stimulus package and included , and an running into 2022.
The White House has put forward regular stimulus payments (PDF) in his next stimulus package.: the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan. Neither proposal calls for a at this stage. However, Democratic members of the House and Senate have thrown their weight behind a fourth stimulus check, including recurring or monthly payments. In late March, a group of 10 progressive lawmakers, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, asked Biden to include
“We urge you to include recurring direct payments and automatic unemployment insurance extensions tied to economic conditions in your Build Back Better long-term economic plan,” the statement said. A few weeks later, a group of 21 Democrats made a similar request to Biden.
The most recent pitch for additional stimulus money came on May 17 from several members of the House Ways and Means Committee (PDF). Remarking on increased poverty and spiraling debt among Americans, their letter noted that “most people spent relief checks on monthly expenses or essentials such as food, utilities, rent, and mortgage payments.”
Everything to know about additional stimulus aid
The American Rescue Plan contained three types of direct payments to individuals, one of which was the $1,400 stimulus check. It’s possible a future bill could extend or introduce more money through direct payments that go to specific groups of recipients, such as parents who earn below a certain income or people out of work.
The three types of direct payments approved in the American Rescue Plan were:
Stimulus checks: Thefor have gone to those . There’s also money going to certain individuals in the form of .
Child tax credit: A temporary expansion of thesends qualifying families up to $3,600 for each child — you can here. These monthly partial payment checks, which begin in July, will last through the end of the year, with a final payment in 2022.
Federal unemployment bonus: A weekly, as well as pandemic unemployment assistance to gig workers and freelancers (the self-employed), was extended to Sept. 6. However, in Maay nearly two dozen state governments have chosen to , so millions of jobless Americans in those states will be cut off as early as June.
Everything to know about Biden’s proposed American Families Plan
As part of the White House’s economic stimulus strategy, the futurecould include direct money to individuals and families.
If it approves recurring payments: The proposal would be the next likely place for Congress to provide more funding in the form of a fourth, or even fifth, stimulus check.
If it passes a minimum wage hike: Some senators continue to look for ways to Sens. Romney and Kyrsten Sinema have also pitched a wage hike. Some proponents want to set the bar at a $15 hourly wage, but others are looking to go to $11 an hour. A February report from the Brookings Institute models how a $15 minimum wage could help make 37% of US households financially self-sufficient., which currently stands at $7.25 per hour. In his speech before Congress, Biden called on the legislators to raise the minimum wage to $15.
If it renews federal unemployment payments beyond September: Along with recurring payments, some lawmakers had originally petitioned for federal unemployment assistance to extend beyond Labor Day this year. However, as dozens of states reported in early May., many Democratic members of Congress are now expressing skepticism about allowing enhanced unemployment relief to continue past the September expiration date, as Politico
Here’s how to report a, And here’s what we know about the that’ll help you get money with the child tax credit.