Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, is proposing a plan to provide monthly stimulus payments up to $1,200 for adults and $600 for children.
The “Sending Unconditional Payments to People Overcoming Resistances to Triumph” plan or SUPPORT, is “designed to build a 21st-century economy that is reflective of Americans’ everyday needs,” according to a press release.
“For too long we have prioritized endless growth while millions are homeless, hungry or without healthcare” Omar said. “The pandemic has laid bare these inequalities. We as a nation have the ability to make sure everyone has their basic needs like food, housing and healthcare met.”
A new Office of Guaranteed Income Programs would be established in the Treasury Department to oversee the payments under the proposal. United States residents 18 and older would receive $1,200 payments while child dependents would receive $600 monthly.
Eligibility is dependent on income. For example, single taxpayers would have to have an Adjusted Gross Income of $75,000 or less. For married couples filing jointly, maximum income would have to be $150,000. These stimulus payments would then gradually be scaled down $5 for every $100 over those income levels.
Getting ready to introduce a major guaranteed income bill tomorrow. What are your thoughts on income guarantees?
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 29, 2021
Omar’s bill would fund guaranteed income pilots in hundreds of communities, then launch a national program to send $1,200 monthly to people making up to $75,000 a year. https://t.co/thj4p2X0Bc
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) July 29, 2021
The program would be established with a $2.5 billion grand fund used to pilot guaranteed income programs across the U.S., according to AL.com. The efforts would be studied from 2023 to 2027 with the national program and payments starting in 2028.
Some Democratic members of Congress have shown support for Omar’s bill, as expressed in public statements.
“It’s crucial that we assess the economy based on how it serves working people, instead of on the profits of the largest corporations,” said Democratic Congresswoman from Illinois Marie Newman. “I am proud to cosponsor the GPI Act & SUPPORT Act to ensure that we are accounting for economic justice in policymaking, and to provide crucial cash assistance to tackle the country’s gross income divide. A strong economy does not just work for the wealthy and well-connected, it should work for everyone. I am thrilled to support legislation designed to do just that.”
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