Stimulus Forever? Ilhan Omar Proposes Legislation to Send Out $1,200 Checks Every Month

Source: Reuters

Minnesota Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar has a new plan to fix the American economy: send everyone a stimulus check every month. On June 30, she introduced a bill called the Sending Unconditional Payments to People Overcoming Resistances to Triumph (SUPPORT) Act. It would provide adults making up to $75,000 a year $1,200 every month and $600 per month per child dependent. The bill is backed by other Democratic Congress members including Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania, Marie Newman of Illinois and Jamaal Bowman of New York.

So far it’s unclear how Omar plans to fund the program, and she has not responded to inquiries from journalists. The one-time stimulus payment of $1,200 provided by the CARES Act in March 2020 cost the federal government an estimated $300 billion and contributed to a more than tripling of the deficit from the previous year. At $3.1 trillion, 2020’s deficit was the largest as a share of GDP since 1945.

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However, Omar has a bone to pick with the GDP measurement anyway. Along with the SUPPORT Act, she introduced the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) Act which proposes GPI as an alternative way to officially measure the economy. She says this will “ensure that we are accounting for economic justice in policymaking.” Opponents of GPI claim that because it uses multiple factors that are difficult to measure objectively, it could be subject to political manipulation.

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