Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI)
WARWICK, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), today voted for the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Help (CASH) Act of 2020, a bill to increase the amount of money struggling Americans receive in a second round of direct payments from $600 to $2,000. The following statement may be attributed to Congressman Langevin.
“Democrats have been fighting to provide struggling Americans with another round of direct cash assistance since May. People are hurting, and families are being forced to make impossible choices. That is why both in May and in October, the House passed bipartisan legislation that would provide substantial relief payments. Yet, in both instances, we were stonewalled by Senate Republicans. During this trying time, as people wonder how they will put food on the table and keep roofs over their heads, providing help to those struggling should not be divisive.
“Although President Trump could certainly have spoken up earlier about his desire to increase the amount for relief payments, the fact remains that Americans need help now. As public servants, we must answer their calls for help. I’m proud to have supported the CASH Act to increase payments to $2,000, but we will need to provide more aid to struggling small businesses and Rhode Islanders out of work, and I will reach across the aisle to ensure we do. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take up this measure immediately and help us provide desperately needed relief to Americans who find themselves in limbo.”
The CASH Act:
- Increases economic impact payments (EIPs) provided in the end-of-year COVID relief package so that each eligible family member receives $2,000, up from $600.
- Allows mixed-status families where one spouse has a Social Security Number (SSN) to claim EIP. As specified in the latest COVID relief legislation, these families are eligible for the EIP amount for each family member with an SSN and can claim the corresponding amount for the first round of economic impact payments when they file their 2020 taxes.
- Ensures dependents over age 16, such as disabled adults and college students are eligible for relief payments.
Text of the legislation.