Fourth stimulus check 2021 latest – Demand for another Covid payment mounts as states end jobless benefits

THE push for a fourth stimulus check is increasing after President Joe Biden said he was "open" to sending another Covid relief payment.

Democrats in Congress are pushing for eligible Americans to receive more cash before lawmakers' July 4 recess – and they're hoping to fast-track it even if Republicans are against it.

"He’s happy to hear from a range of ideas on what would be most effective and what's most important to the economy moving forward," she said.

Meanwhile, workers in Indiana have sued Governor Eric Holcomb after he halted unemployment payments before the federal expiration date on September 6.

After the judge there ruled that Holcomb's decision did the plaintiffs' "irreparable harm," 22 other states that are ending the jobless benefits may follow suit.

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  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    AMERICAN FAMILIES TO RECEIVE $300 BONUS

     American families will soon receive monthly payments worth up to $300 as part of the child tax credit extension program.

    The first check will be sent around July 15 and Americans will receive six payments this year.

    Up to 36 million US households are expected to receive the extra payments, CBS reports.

    They will get up to $300 for each child under six; parents with children aged between six and 17-years-old could get up to $250.

    Those getting the cash will earn under $75,000 in single-parent homes and $150,000 for married couples.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT IS THE UNEMPLOYMENT CUTOFF FOR DIFFERENT STATES?

    Alaska, Iowa, Mississippi, and Missouri ended the $300-a-week benefit program on June 12.

    On June 19, residents living in Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming will lose these payments.

    The cutoff date in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah is June 26.

    In Montana and Oklahoma residents will lose their unemployment benefits end on June 27.

    The payments will stop on July 3 in Maryland and Tennessee and on July 10 in Arizona.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    PETITION CALLS FOR MONTHLY $2,000 STIMULUS

    A petition calling for $2,000 stimulus check payments that was started last year by Colorado restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin has almost 2.3million signatures.

    It reads: "I'm calling on Congress to support families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for kids immediately, and continuing regular checks for the duration of the crisis.

    "Otherwise, laid-off workers, furloughed workers, the self-employed, and workers dealing with reduced hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS LAWMAKERS SUPPORT STIMULUS

    Among a pair of letters sent to President Joe Biden, seven Democrats from the House Ways and Means Committee had expressed their support for another round of stimulus checks.

    It was signed by 26 Democrats, which had been pushing for the enactment of “automatic stabilizers.”  

    They believed that this would help lawmakers avoid negotiations tied to any future relief package, allowing for faster distribution.  

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT IS THE EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM?

    The Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance program has made $46.55billion available to help renters struggling to pay rent or utilities following Covid.

    To qualify for help, at least one member of your household must receive unemployment benefits.

    Americans may also receive a boost if they can explain that Covid has directly caused a loss of income, making it difficult to pay rent.

    Households will have to provide evidence that they are at risk of homelessness, but the support will cover both missed and future rent.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    NEW STATS SHOW UNEMPLOYMENT DECREASE

    Stats released by the government agency on Wednesday show that 21 states have reported a decrease in unemployment since May, 28 have held firm and just one state reported an increase in its number of jobless residents.

    A drop in unemployment is typically an indication that the economy is recovering. 

    This could jeopardize any plans for a fourth round of stimulus payments, at least for the moment, with the latest data supporting the GOP's general opinion that additional federal aid is not necessary.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    HOW MUCH MONEY HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED BY THE IRS?

    On June 9, the IRS said it had now distributed more than 169million payments worth $395billion, but they have since warned there could be delays.

    Some of the payments include "plus-up" adjustments for those who were underpaid in previous checks.

    It comes amid a push for a fourth and fifth round of stimulus payments to help families cope with the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    EVICTION BAN EXTENDED

    The Covid ban on eviction was set to end on June 30, but has now been extended until July 31 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    The month-long extension is "intended to be the final one", said the CDC.

    It comes as 5.7million Americans – nearly 14% of all renters nationwide – had fallen behind on their rent in April.

    The study by the National Equity Atlas revealed that tenants owed nearly $20billion in rent, with low-income people among those worst affected.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHEN DID INDIANA ANNOUNCE JOBLESS BENEFITS WOULD BE CUT?

    Gov. Eric Halcomb of Indiana announced in May that by June 19, the state would stop the distribution of jobless benefits to its taxpayers.

    The change will affect about 230,000 Indiana workers.

    A lawsuit against the Governor argues that the state must procure all federal insurance benefits to residence and that the decision does harm to many still suffering in the Pandemic.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    JUDGE RULES THAT INDIANA CAN'T CUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

    A judge ruled on Friday that the state of Indiana cannot cut jobless benefits.

    26 states have now ceased the $300 weekly bonus checks and assistance to freelancers included in the newest stimulus bill.

    According to the judge, the state's decision was causing "irreparable harm" by jeopardizing taxpayers' ability to pay for rent, childcare, and basic medical needs.

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