Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09)
December 28, 2020
Caring for Americans with Supplemental Cash Act Passes House
MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today voted for the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Cash (CASH) Act, increasing from $600 to $2,000 ($4,000, up from $1,200, for joint filers) the direct relief checks to be provided to eligible individuals under the coronavirus relief portions of the Fiscal Year 2021 Omnibus spending bill passed in both Houses last week. Dependents in each household would also receive $2,000 under the new measure. The measure phases out payments for individuals with adjusted gross incomes of more than $75,000 or $150,000 for couples.
Today’s bill incorporates the direct payment figure level for individuals originally proposed by Democrats that Republicans refused to support.
The vote was 275 to 134.
Congressman Cohen made the following statement:
“At this difficult time for so many Americans, it is important that we provide them with adequate financial aid which in turn should help our foundering economy. While the additional federal supplement to state unemployment payments in the original bill may have a more immediate impact, this increase in direct payments to most Americans is a significant improvement. It would have been nice if the President had been more engaged in the negotiations over the past several weeks, and had stated his position before the original bill passed, so that we could have provided this assistance to those in need sooner.”