MEP Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) among the progressive democrats continues to advocate loudly the distribution of direct incentive controls and emphasizes their inclusion in proposals previously passed by the House of Representatives.
In comments, Tlaib said that further payments with economic impact were “critical” after the recent non-partisan bill had ruled them out.
This bill was backed by the speaker of parliament, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and the minority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who offered their support in a “spirit of compromise”, and by Joe Biden.
In a recent tweet, Tlaib said: “The next aid bill, COVID-19, must provide for direct payments to the people,” Tlaib said in a recent tweet.
Their latest comments came along with a report that revealed a discrepancy in wage growth between the top 1 percent and the bottom 90 percent of earners.
Tlaib shared a message from Democratic Congressman-designate Jamaal Bowman, who will represent New York’s 16th District, with figures from the Economic Policy Institute on this point and said “Stop looting us.
The Congresswoman wrote, “Somebody better get the checks for the stimulus packages ready to be mailed. People need them now.”
It would be better if somebody would get these stimulus checks ready to mail. People need them now. https://t.co/ohGPNtvVyj
– Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) December 3, 2020
The report showed that between 1979 and 2019, wages for the top percent rose by 160.3 percent. And for the top 0.1 percent of earners by 345.2 percent.
Meanwhile, the study found that wage growth over the same period was 26 percent for the bottom 90 percent of earners.
Tlaib and other Democratic representatives have pointed to such payments by referring to the HELDEN Act – which was first passed by parliament in May, before an updated version was passed in October. Each version contained direct payments.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) demanded that the Senate vote on this bill immediately after it had previously been pushed back by GOP legislators in the upper house.
“It’s now TWO months since the House passed an aid package that includes the distribution of stimulus packages, the reintroduction of the expanded unemployment rate of $600 per week, the granting of subsidies to businesses and the extension of eviction moratoria,” she twittered, “the Senate should vote on it TODAY. No more delays.”
Since Americans are not convinced of the impetus, the two-party bill is gaining ground
Member of Parliament Marcia Fudge (D-OH) also supported the HEROES Act being voted on and referred in this appeal to the examination of incentives.
“The House has passed a law that extends unemployment benefits, provides for another round of economic stimulus checks and supports small businesses. Twice,” she wrote on Twitter.
“It is time for the Senate to pass the HELDEN bill and help families in crisis. Do the right thing”.
Referring to the 200 days that have passed since the House of Representatives first passed the Heroes Act on May 15, Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr (D-NJ) wrote on Twitter Wednesday: “Today is 200 days [since]McConnell Republicans have refused to pass new stimulus checks on Americans.
“200 days in which McConnell Republicans watch Americans suffer and do nothing about it except admit a few more right-wing judges.
Washington Newsday has contacted the above lawmakers for further comments on the stimulus programs.
A bipartisan bill providing $908 billion in support, not including stimulus packages, has gained the support of Democratic figureheads, although the majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), has indicated that he thinks it is a waste of time to be consulted on the proposal.
The debate on further stimulus comes with confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. that have exceeded 13 million during the entire pandemic.
Statista’s chart below shows the number of people hospitalized for the virus on December 2 compared to other peaks in that number.
Updated 20.12.20, 8:50 ET: This article and its title have been updated to reflect the context in which Pelosi, Schumer and Biden advocated a non-partisan stimulus package that did not include direct payments.