Donald Trump wants to send cash to Americans suffering from the coronavirus crisis immediately he said at the White House Tuesday.
‘The payroll tax holiday would get money to people over the next six to eight months. We’re looking to send checks to Americans immediately,’ explained Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in the press briefing room. ‘Americans needs cash now and the president wants to give cash now.’
‘And I mean now – in the next two weeks,’ Mnuchin added.
Mnuchin said he was previewing the plan with Capitol Hill Republicans and would reveal more details later, but he suggested the amount could be more than $1,000. There would also be some income cut-offs. ‘You don’t need to send people who make a million dollars a year checks,’ he said.
Trump said of his administration’s stimulus plans: ‘We’re going big.’
President Trump (left) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (right) said Tuesday they wanted to send Americans checks to keep the economy going amid the coronavirus outbreak
‘We might’: Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow said the Trump administration might get behind new proposals to give cash to American households.
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Monday he supports giving $1,000 each month to working Americans during the crisis
Mnuchin said some tax payments can also be deferred.
The White House sped up its embrace of a universal basic income-like stimulus after economic adviser Larry Kudlow told DailyMail.com Monday said the administration ‘might’ get behind new proposals to give cash to American households.
Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney on Monday announced that he was for a plan to give American workers $1,000 each month during the outbreak.
‘We also urgently need to build on this legislation with additional action to help families and small businesses meet their short-term financial obligations, ease the financial burden on students entering the workforce, and protect health workers on the front lines and their patients by improving telehealth services,’ the Utah senator said in a statement, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
‘I will be pushing these measures as Senate discussions continue about an additional relief package,’ he added.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang campaigned on giving $1,000 each month to every American
The House last week was able to swiftly pass legislation responding to the coronavirus outbreak, after Mnuchin held talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
It contains provisions on paid sick leave and three months of paid emergency leave during the crisis. It was not immediately clear if these were the provisions Kudlow was referring to.
Kudlow, asked about cash assistance,’ said ‘We might’ provide it, and appeared to reference House provisions.
‘We’ve got the, you know, in the bill, there are provisions, and was also executive authorities for short term unemployment insurance or compensation. That’s a possibility,’ he said.
‘We have standby authority as I say, part of the $400 billion I was talking about is emergency authorities; there is FEMA funds; there is Treasury funds that could be used in a pinch. So the answer could be yes. I don’t want to be definitive on that,’ he added.
With no schedule for a vote on a package with an economic response to the coronavirus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a weekend statement saying ‘discussions are already underway’ on key pillars.
‘The Senate is eager to work with the Administration and the House to deliver the solutions our nation deserves,’ McConnell said.
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin blasted on provisions in the House-passed bill requiring businesses of fewer than 500 employees and government employers to provide two weeks of paid sick leave.
‘I hope the Senate will approach this with a level head and pass a bill that does more good than harm — or, if it won’t, pass nothing at all,’ Johnson said in a statement. ‘The president and states already have adequate authority and funding to address the current situation,’ he said.
The idea of cash payments to Americans is one that was touted on the campaign trail by Democrat Andrew Yang, who wanted to give every American over 18 $12,000 each year. Democrat Cory Booker called for ‘baby bonds’ that would provide an initial $1,000 American Opportunity Account to roughly 4 million children, with the government making annual $2,000 contributions.
Kudlow said the administration’s aid proposals totaled $400 billion and would hit double that amount if a payroll tax holiday through the end of December gets enacted.