Bernie Sanders, Josh Hawley Join Forces in Push For Another Round of $1,200 Stimulus Checks
In the most ambitious crossover since the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) and nationalist conservative Sen. Josh Hawley (R–Mo.) have joined forces to fight for another round of $1,200 COVID-19 relief checks.
On Thursday afternoon, the two senators introduced their proposal as an amendment to a one-month stopgap spending bill passed by the House earlier this week. Their proposal would provide a $1,200 check to every individual earning up to $75,000 (or a $2,400 check for joint-filing couples earning up to $150,000 ), plus $500 for each dependent.
“In the midst of this terrible pandemic and economic crisis, this amendment would make certain that working families get the urgent, direct support they need to survive,” said Sanders in a press release. “It would be a dereliction of duty if Congress adjourns for Christmas without having a vote on providing working families with direct payments,” added Hawley.
The odd-couple team of the left-wing Sanders and right-wing Hawley is generating a lot of buzz, despite the rather generic details of their proposal.
Their checks-for-all amendment is a carbon copy of the stimulus checks provision found in the March-passed CARES Act. People will recall that even that first round of stimulus checks attracted some strange cross-ideological couplings.
Legislators as different as Sen. Mitt Romney (R–Utah) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D–Hawaii) introduced bills for universal cash payments in the run-up to the CARES Act. Even Rep. Justin Amash (L–Mich.) backed the idea, although he endorsed it as a substitute for other aid measures on the table.
House Democrats’ $3 trillion HEROES Act, passed in early May, included another round of $1,200 checks. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has proposed a round of $600 universal payments as part of another pandemic relief bill currently under consideration.
Despite the increased partisanship and ideological polarization in our politics, sending each American a check i
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