Sending Office: Honorable Ilhan Omar
Deadline for Originals: COB TODAY – Thursday, April 9th
Current Cosponsors (6): Chu, Espaillat, DeLauro, Larson, Lee (CA), Speier
Group Endorsements: Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE) Adhikaar, African Communities Together, America’s Voice, Alianza Americas, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence,
CASA, Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR), Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Chicago Jobs Council, Church World Service (CWS), CODEPINK, Community Enterprise & Solidarity Economy Clinic, Congregation of Our Lady of the Good Shepherd, Data
For Progress (DFP), Doctors for Camp Closure, Economic Policy Institute (EPI), Economic Security Project Action, Franciscan Action Network, Fund for Democratic Communities, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), International Refugee Assistance
Project (IRAP), International Union of Painter and Allied Trades (IUPAT), Jobs With Justice, LIFT Economy, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, National Network for Immigrant & Refugee
Rights (NNIRR), NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Oxfam America (OXFAM), Pax Christi USA, People’s Policy Project, Post Growth Institute, Prosperity Now, Public Citizen, Social Security Works, The Democracy Collaborative, U.S. Federation of Worker
Cooperatives, UNITE HERE, United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries, Young Invincibles
As you know, the recovery rebates, established in Section 2201 of the CARES Act, are one-time stimulus payments of $1,200 for most adults over the age of 18 and $500 for children under the age of 17. Unfortunately, many noncitizens and mixed status families
were intentionally left out of receiving such payments in the Senate compromise bill.
The CARES Act requires identification to qualify for these rebates but only in the form of a Social Security Number (SSN). Under current statute, married couples filing jointly with any non-SSN identification will
not be eligible for these emergency checks. This means that such joint filers are not going to receive any stimulus money, even if one of them has a SSN but the other does not. It is just absurd and cruel that a taxpaying, mixed status
couple or family could be excluded from this vital assistance.
That is why I’ve introduced a bill to fix this major error by expanding
the special rule for the military in the CARES Act, which exempts their joint returns from such strict ID eligibility, to all other applicable married joint filers. Please join me as an original cosponsor to support this commonsense legislation to ensure
all eligible joint filers can receive their payments. Use
this form to become an original by 8PM ET today, April 9th, and you can contact Yonathan Teclu (email@example.com) in my office if you have any questions.
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