Today, reporting indicated and then WH PressSec Jen Psaki confirmed that President Biden and Congressional Democrats are considering means testing the $1400 COVID relief checks so that anyone making more than $50,000 in 2019 would be ineligible for relief. I cannot stress enough:
DO NOT DO THIS.
Means testing COVID checks to deny millions of hurting Americans relief in order to placate bad faith Republicans who will never vote for the bill anyway is a terrible, terrible, terrible idea. It is cruel and nonsensical.
Americans were promised $2000 checks if Democrats took back the Senate. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and millions more have lost significant income due to the pandemic. Families are going hungry and cannot pay their bills and rent. Sending a one time payment of $1400 is the absolute bare minimum we should be doing, and means testing COVID relief is the surest way to leave struggling families behind. Please do not sacrifice your constituents in order to placate Republicans.
President Biden said today, “the risk in this moment isn’t that we do too much - it’s that we don’t do enough.” He’s right. So don’t means test COVID relief. Get help to the American people now.