COVID-19: Reps. Dean and Beyer Lead Letter Calling for Direct Cash Assistance to Help Americans During Economic Fallout of COVID-19 Outbreak
Washington, March 21, 2020
Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) and Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) sent a letter to House Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, outlining a robust proposal to provide Americans with direct cash support, following the economic impact of COVID-19.
“American workers have been forced out of work by the COVID-19 outbreak and will now face unique financial challenges," Rep. Dean said. "This financial and public health crisis needs bold action -- providing direct cash payments to Americans will ensure no one is choosing between their health or bankruptcy.”
In this letter, the representatives outlined a series of payments to working families, beginning with $2,000 for each American. These payments are to continue, depending on the longevity of the crisis. Payments will only terminate after unemployment drops to less than 0.5 percentage points above the levels experienced before the Coronavirus sparked downturn.
“Direct assistance can give families a swift, certain and vital lifeline while also providing a sorely needed boost to demand when businesses are able to reopen.” Rep Beyer said. “This is not a silver bullet, but will be a critical part of the massive federal response required by this crisis.”
The new proposal builds on The Families First Coronavirus Response Act to provide additional measures needed to offset the economic crisis.
The proposal includes:
$1,500 payment if: