President Trump signed a $900 billion Covid-19 rescue plan on Sunday, after he initially challenged the bill by asking Congress to modify it on Christmas Eve.
The legislation was negotiated by the two parties and provided for the direct payment of $600. After the transaction was approved by Congress, Trump called for a check for $2,000 instead.
After Congress passes the bill, CNN asks you, our audience and readers, for your thoughts on the latest rescue plan. Many people expressed frustration with the direct payment of $600 and said the bill did not provide enough help.
Briana, from Concord, North Carolina, lost her job as a business development coordinator for the massage franchise due to the March pandemic and has not received unemployment benefits since October. She and her husband are now relying on the erratic income they get from a small flooring company they own to make money, and her husband also works in the company.
She told CNN that although the $600 stimulus check is beneficial, it is not enough for her family to cope with the next few months, especially because she is worried about repayment on time.
She said: “US$600 per adult plus US$500 per child is not enough to get us through the storm.”
Briana explained: “So, we have been very frugal with our money.”
She said the first stimulus plan introduced earlier this year was even more helpful.
Briana also pointed out that due to the uncertainty of face-to-face and virtual learning, she decided to go to school for her 7-year-old daughter, so her situation is particularly difficult.
She told CNN that it takes 6 to 7 hours a day to go to school at home, and she also devotes time to assisting her daughter in completing school. Although Briana is always looking for a job, it is difficult to find a job that fits her current work schedule.
She said: “People like me and my family are in trouble.” “We need some help.”
Nicole is a self-employed hairdresser in Los Angeles, California, who has been out of work for most of the year. He called the $600 payment an “insult.” She has always relied on her husband’s income and unemployment benefits.
Nicole told CNN: “We are two income families, and we need two incomes to make it work.” She said that being unable to work has been a “big blow.”
She told CNN that the current stimulus package is not enough. Like Briana, she said the first stimulus package is more helpful.
“Since the first job loss at the end of July and the end of pandemic support, we have been sitting here waiting and praying for six or seven months. Since then, it is better than nothing. Yes, but we have What to do? That? Where should I go? When there are many places to go,” Nicole said.
She was also frustrated at how long the current package was through, calling it “unacceptable.”
The U.S. House of Representatives can pass a regulation on Monday night designed to increase the amount of financial stimulus checks received by individuals and families to $2,000.