Monthly $2,000 Stimulus Checks Are Backed by These 58 Lawmakers

There's a big question mark regarding whether Americans will see recurring stimulus checks, but Democratic lawmakers, including Vice President Kamala Harris, have gotten on board with the measure.

Democratic members of the Senate and the House of Representatives sent separate letters to the Biden administration urging recurring payments. The letters differ on their specifics, but both argue a one-time payment is not enough for people struggling during the pandemic and knowing additional payments are coming would relieve the economic burden Americans face.

Representative Ilhan Omar spearheaded a letter signed by 55 of her colleagues in January. While the letter didn't mention an amount, Omar said in a statement that meeting the moment required the deliverance of monthly payments of $2,000.

"One more check is not enough during this public health and economic crisis," the letter said. "To truly build back better, families need stability and certainty through ongoing relief—they cannot be at the mercy of Congressional gridlock."

Their letter urged for payments to continue until the "economy recovers" and include those who file taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), who were excluded from the three rounds of payments Congress passed.

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At least 58 lawmakers back sending $2,000 monthly payments to Americans. Francis Dean/Corbis/Getty Images

The letter was signed by Representatives Alma Adams, Barbara Lee, Nanette Diaz, Barragán Ted Lieu, Joyce Beatty, Alan Lowenthal, Earl Blumenauer, James McGovern, Suzanne Bonamici, Grace Meng, Jamaal Bowman, Gwen Moore, Cori Bush, Joe Neguse, André Carson, Marie Newman, Judy Chu, Eleanor Holmes Norton, David Cicilline, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Madeleine Dean, Donald Payne Jr., Diana DeGette, Chellie Pingree, Mark DeSaulnier, Mark Pocan, Veronica Escobar, Ayanna Pressley, Adriano Espaillat, Jamie Raskin, Dwight Evans, Bobby L. Rush, Jesús "Chuy" García, Tim Ryan, Sylvia Garcia, Mary Gay Scanlon, Jimmy Gomez, Jan Schakowsky, Raúl M. Grijalva, Albio Sires, Alcee L. Hastings, Mark Takano, Sheila Jackson Lee, Bennie Thompson, Pramila Jayapal, Rashida Tlaib, Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr., Ritchie Torres, Mondaire Jones, Nydia M. Velázquez, Marcy Kaptur, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Robin L. Kelly, Nikema Williams, Ro Khanna.

Another letter, sent by the Senate in March, had 21 signatories but there's been no mention of how much those payments would be worth. The signatories advocated for the Biden administration to back automatic stabilizers, which would trigger the issuance of direct payments and expanded unemployment if the economy takes another dip.

"This crisis is far from over, and families deserve certainty that they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads," the letter stated. "Families should not be at the mercy of constantly-shifting legislative timelines and ad hoc solutions."

Among those who signed the letter were Senators Ed Markey and Bernie Sanders. Last year, they introduced a bill alongside Harris that would issue monthly $2,000 payments for the duration of the pandemic.

With Markey and Sanders, Democrats have at least 58 supporters of $2,000 monthly payments, but they're far from guaranteed. The White House hasn't signed onto the measure and press secretary Jen Psaki noted that the payments "are not free."

It's also unlikely that Republicans would jump at the chance to vote in favor of recurring payments, as many were on the fence as to whether a third round was even needed. And without their support, Democrats don't have the numbers in the Senate to pass the legislation.