Fourth stimulus check – More Covid relief money could be sent out following Biden's Congress speechApril 29, 2021
A FOURTH round of stimulus check could be on the way after President Joe Biden delivered his first address to Congress on Wednesday night.
During his speech, Biden touted the 160 million Covid relief checks that have been sent out under his landmark America Rescue Plan, prompting Google searches about a fourth payment to surge.
"We kept our commitment, Democrats and Republicans, of sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85 percent of American households," Biden said during his address.
"We've already sent more than 160 million checks out the door. It's making a difference. You all know it when you go home. For many people, it's making all the difference in the world."
Searches for "Biden fourth stimulus" and "Biden fourth stimulus check" increased 250 percent as Biden spoke.
While he made no mention of an additional round of payments, Biden highlighted two letters he'd received from a mother and a grandmother, informing him how much the checks had helped them.
"I head from a mother in Texas who told me she couldn't work," Biden said.
"She said the relief check put food on the table and saved her and her son from eviction from their apartment.
"A grandmother in Virginia who told me she immediately took her granddaughter to the eye doctor, something she said she put off for months because she didn't have the money."
While it's unclear if more federal relief may be on the horizon, support is growing among Democrats for additional cash.
Last month, 50 Democratic members of the house and 21 Democratic Senators signed a letter urging Biden to sent out recurring stimulus payments until the end of the pandemic.
"Unemployment insurance has replaced lost income for millions who have lost their jobs. But millions of others do not qualify for unemployment insurance after seeing their hours reduced, switching to lower-paying jobs, or temporarily leaving the workforce to care for family members during the pandemic," the letter read.
"This crisis is far from over, and families deserve certainty that they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads."
Biden has not yet publicly addressed the letter.
However, a January survey conducted by Data for Progress found that 65 percent of Americans support recurring monthly payments of $2,000 for the remainder of the pandemic.
Should Biden be in support of such a motion, the proposal would likely be rebuffed by Republicans in both the House and Senate.
The last round of stimulus relief, a key component of Biden's America Rescue Plan, was passed without any support from the GOP.
Any potential payments would also face a legislative hurdle as reconciliation – the budget process Democrats used to pass the last stimulus package – cannot be used again until October 1, when the fiscal year resets.
Biden would also likely use that process to push through other priorities of his administration when it becomes available again.
According to the Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute & Brookings, a fourth round of stimulus checks would lift more than seven million Americans above the poverty line.
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