Fourth stimulus checks gaining steam as lawmakers urge Biden for more direct Covid payments

MOMENTUM is gathering for a fourth round of stimulus checks as a growing number of Democrats are calling on President Biden to send more COVID payments.

In a letter sent to the president on Tuesday, 21 senators – led by Ron Wyden of Oregon – urged the White House to automatically extend unemployment insurance and send recurring direct check to low-income Americans.

The letter was first drafted at the beginning of March, however the lawmakers waited until they garnered more support to officially send it to Biden.

Over the course of the last month, Wyden and the other nine original signees secured the support of 11 other Democrats, including Sen. Majority Whip Dick Durbin and moderates like Sens. Debbie Stabenow.

The letter begins: "As we work together to get much-needed relief to American families, we appreciate your strong support for direct payments and enhanced unemployment insurance for the millions of families affected by this public health and economic crisis.

"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 lawmakers note that the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is "far from over", and insist "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 constantly-shifting legislative
timelines and ad hoc solutions," they wrote.

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