President Biden, I have been heartened by your commitment to getting COVID relief to the American people and by your resolve not to waver on direct payments despite Republican protest. But recently, reporting has indicated that you 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.
PLEASE 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 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 the American people in order to placate Republicans.
Your American Rescue Plan has broad bipartisan support across the country. You have said repeatedly that, "the risk in this moment isn’t that we do too much - it’s that we don’t do enough.” You are right. Please do not means test COVID relief.