The White House says it's up to Congress to decide on sending more stimulus checks because they're 'not free'
White Housesaid it'd be up to Congress to decide whether more stimulus checks go out this year.
- "We'll see what members of Congress propose, but those are not free," Jen Psaki said.
- Lawmakers are unlikely to approve additional payments as the
economydisplays signs of improvement.
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The White House on Tuesday said it would be up to Congress to decide whether more direct payments go out the door this year, as they are a costly measure for the federal government to deploy.
"We'll see what members of Congress propose, but those are not free," the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said at a press conference.Psaki touted the revamped child tax credit, a provision that President
The stimulus law in March included a round of $1,400 direct payments for people earning $75,000 and below and couples earning under $150,000. Their amount diminished until individuals making above $80,000 were no longer eligible. It's capped at $160,000 for married couples.The program carried a $422 billion price - just over a fifth of the overall rescue package. Two waves of relief checks - totaling $1,200 and $600 - were issued last year as well.
The measure enjoys strong public support, but Congress is unlikely to back another large wave of such payments anytime soon given fresh signs of improvement in the economy.Centrist
Experts also noted that the payments were efficient at reaching people unable to access unemployment benefits. A report from the Economic Security Project, an organization advocating cash benefits, said fourth and fifth direct payments would keep 12 million Americans out of poverty.
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