Romney Lays Out Wuhan Virus Plan That Includes $1000 for Every American Adult
This morning Mitt Romney, the former GOP Nominee for President, Governor of Massachusetts, and current U.S. Senator from Utah laid out his plan to help working American families during the current Wuhan Virus outbreak.
The cornerstone of his plan includes giving every adult American citizen and taxpaying resident $1000 as a way to meet their short term obligations. It also proposes grants to small businesses in need, expanding student aid and deferring college loans for recent graduates affected by outbreak.
In a statement released his office Senator Romney remarked, “The House coronavirus response package contains critical measures to help families in Utah and across the nation in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, and the Senate should act swiftly on this legislation, We also urgently need to build on this legislation with additional action to help families and small businesses meet their short-term financial obligations, ease the financial burden on students entering the workforce, and protect health workers on the front lines and their patients by improving telehealth services. I will be pushing these measures as Senate discussions continue about an additional relief package.”
Concerning the $1000 direct payment the Senator’s statement goes on to say, “Every American adult should immediately receive $1,000 to help ensure families and workers can meet their short-term obligations and increase spending in the economy. Congress took similar action during the 2001 and 2008 recessions. While expansions of paid leave, unemployment insurance, and SNAP benefits are crucial, the check will help fill the gaps for Americans that may not quickly navigate different government options.”
Last week the Congresswoman from Hawaii and Democrat Candidate for President Tulsi Gabbard introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would give every American age eighteen and over $1000 per month until the end of the of the current national emergency is ended by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
It would appear that both the plan of Senator Romney and Congresswoman Gabbard are based in the political philosophy of entrepreneur and former Democrat candidate for President Andrew Yang who made the idea of Universal Basic Income the bedrock of his campaign.
Asked on Monday by a reporter whether the White House would support direct cash legislation as a way to help American families, President Trump’s National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow answered “we might”.