Black Lives Matter said Thursday the $600 stimulus payment included in the government’s most recent coronavirus relief package is far too little to support struggling families and is demanding monthly checks instead.
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“Black families are struggling to keep roofs over their heads, food in their bellies, and healthcare covered. This isn’t about a stimulus. This is about survival. And $600 ain’t it. We demand monthly checks,” the group said in a post on Twitter.
BLM did not respond to Fox News’ query as to whether it has approached the incoming Biden administration about monthly checks.
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On Monday, House lawmakers passed a stand-alone bill that would raise the direct payment amounts distributed to American households under the new COVID-19 relief legislation from $600 to $2,000, a move backed by President Trump, who initially held off on signing a new funding package because he viewed the checks as inadequate.
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The fate of the bill rests in the hands of the Republican-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pushed back, including the $2,000 checks in a bill with poison pills likely to sink it.