Sending Office: Honorable Tim Ryan
Cosponsor H.R. 6496 Emergency Money for the People Act
Cosponsors (28): Barragán, Bonamici, Blumenauer, Chu, Cicilline, Cohen, Davis (CA), DeGette, Doyle, Escobar, Espaillat, Engel, Jayapal, Khanna*, Lee (CA), Lieu, Lowenthal, Napolitano, Neguse, Norton, Meng, Ryan*, Scanlon,
Soto, Tlaib, Velázquez (NY), Watson Coleman, Wilson
Endorsed: Economic Security Project Action, Electronic Transactions Association,
We invite you to cosponsor H.R. 6496, The
Emergency Money for the People Act, to provide monthly emergency payments to Americans throughout the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.
While the CARES Act was an important first step in providing direct payments to Americans, more work is needed to provide true relief to those hit hardest. Our plan would provide at least $2,000 a month to Americans over the age of 16 on a monthly basis
for at least six months, to be renewed for an additional six months if the employment levels have not returned to the employment-to-population ratio before the crisis.
Our bill would provide robust, reoccurring support for Americans who have already received the funding and expand the program to millions more Americans who were excluded from the CARES cash rebates. It would also allow each recipient opt to receive the
payment via direct deposit, check, pre-paid debit card, or
“mobile money” such as Venmo, PayPal, Square, or Zelle.
What EMPA Does:
- Immediate and targeted relief
- Every American 16 years and older making up to $130k would receive at least $2,000k (married couples making up to $260k would receive at least $4,000) each month.
- Families with kids could receive an additional $500 for kids (capped at 3 children)
- Ex: Married couples making under $260K with 3 kids could receive $5,500/month).
- Those who had no earnings, were unemployed, or who are currently unemployed would also be eligible, irrespective of immigration status. Additionally, those over 16 would still be eligible, even if they are still claimed as a dependent.
- Those who were not eligible in 2019 or 2018 but are under the $130K/$260K income caps for 2020 could qualify by submitting at least two consecutive months of paychecks to verify income eligibility
- Sustained Support
- Monthly cash assistance payments would continue for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months.
- After six months, the program would be renewed for an additional six months unless the employment-to population ratio for people ages 16 and over is above 60%–the pre-covid crisis employment level.
- These payments would not count as income in order to protect eligibility for any of the income-based state or federal government assistance programs (ie. Medicaid/SNAP).
- Simplistic Delivery
- IRS would use 2018 & 2019 tax data if available to automatically calculate and send payments.
- Those who did not file taxes in 2018 or 2019, would still be eligible, and could apply through a simplified online or print application.
- IRS would provide the option to receive payments via direct deposit, pre-paid debit cards, or mobile money, to ensure unbanked and underbanked Americans receive these payments.
We hope you will become an original cosponsor of the Emergency Money for the People Act. To add your boss please fill out this google
form. Or feel free to contact
Rachel.Jenkins@mail.house.gov in Rep. Ryan’s office or
Kate.Gould@mail.house.gov in Rep. Khanna’s office for more info.
TIM RYAN RO KHANNA
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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