NANCYCARE? Pelosi Suggests ‘Universal Income’ as Part of Government’s Coronavirus Response
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi floated the idea of Universal Basic Income as part of the federal government’s Coronavirus response; saying it’s something lawmakers should definitely examine going forward.
“Let’s see what works, what is operational, and what needs other attention? Others have suggested a minimum income, a guaranteed income for people. Is that worthy of attention now? Perhaps so,” she said on MSNBC on Monday.
The idea was popularized by former presidential candidate Andrew Yang earlier this year.
“Thrilled that #StimulusChecks are reaching Americans who filed for direct deposit. They will help. But they are not enough. They should be monthly and should go to EVERY American regardless of circumstance,” posted Yang on social media.
Thrilled that #StimulusChecks are reaching Americans who filed for direct deposit. They will help. But they are not enough. They should be monthly and should go to EVERY American regardless of circumstance.— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) April 13, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez has called for $2,000 in monthly payments to all families, regardless of immigration status, and $1,000 per child. She was joined by Progressive Caucus leaders and fellow Democratic Reps. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, and "squad members" Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and activists in demanding an even costlier version of the economic stimulus.
Sanders, who until recently was running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nod, also pushed bigger and more regular stimulus checks until the crisis passes.
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