Democrats want to send Americans a second round of stimulus checks worth up to $6,000 per family.
Like the first round of payments approved by Congress the new proposal calls for giving $1,200 to those earning up to $75,000 a year and $2,400 to couples without dependents making double that before phasing out. It's more generous to families with children, providing $1,200 per dependent up to a maximum of three dependents.
Republican leaders have already said the new bill is dead on arrival, arguing that another round of emergency funding is not yet needed as states begin to reopen.
The Democratic bill would also extend unemployment benefits, continuing the weekly $600 federal payment through January, instead of through July. It would also maintain benefits for the self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers and certain people affected by coronavirus through March.
Named "The Heroes Act," the legislation would establish a $200 billion fund to provide hazard pay to essential workers who have remained on the job during the pandemic a measure that was not included in the four prior relief packages.
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