10 Senate Democrats including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker have signed a letter to President Biden calling for “recurring direct payments”
The letter states “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. This
crisis is far from over, and families deserve certainty that they can put food on the table and keep
a roof over their heads. Families should not be at the mercy of constant”
The letter continues “There are several reasons to prioritize both recurring payments and enhanced unemployment insurance. First, these two forms of payments are effective together. Unemployment insurance has replaced lost income for millions who have lost their jobs. But millions of others do not
qualify for unemployment insurance after seeing their hours reduced, switching to lower-paying jobs, or temporarily leaving the workforce to care for family members during the pandemic.”
“Direct payments are crucial for supporting struggling families who aren’t reached by unemployment insurance,” the letter adds.