Louisiana U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy pushes for $1,000 stimulus check for adults, kids
Adults, children and most college students would get a $1,000 stimulus payment through the next congressional COVID relief package in a bill introduced by Louisiana Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and three of his GOP colleagues.
Cassidy's legislation would double the previous $500 stimulus for children, but reduce the previous $1,200 provided to adults. As before, there would be an annual income limit of $75,000 for a single person and $150,000 for a married couple to qualify for the full amount.
Cassidy and fellow Sens. Steve Daines of Montana, Mitt Romney of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida say their plan would put the maximum amount in the hands of families struggling economically during the pandemic.
"These families with children are particularly stressed right now," Cassidy said in an interview with USA Today Network. "It's better for them and better for society if we can help them with that stress."
“As we consider additional relief measures, we should prioritize families by providing them with resources to help with the extra expenses they face as a result of COVID-19," Romney said in a press release.
Cassidy's plan would also include adult dependents like college students who didn't benefit from the previous CARES Act stimulus.
"College students were basically left out of the first proposal; they received no assistance whatsoever," Cassidy said. "These are young folks just getting started with most of them having no financial reserves."
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Rubio said families are being hit hardest during the pandemic.
“American families are among the hardest hit, facing unexpected challenges like homeschooling, child care shortages, and unemployment," Rubio said in a statement. "Congress must take steps to help ensure that parents and children are able to manage and recover from the impact of this crisis as the American people continue to navigate these uncertain times.”
Cassidy gives the plan a 50% chance gaining traction. He said it's slightly more expensive than the previous stimulus, "but we can work to equalize it" if that's a roadblock to passage.
"What works against us is the same plan (a repeat of the CARES Act) is on the table," Cassidy said. "But ours is better public policy."
Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.