Calls for surprise $2,000 check after Thanksgiving as 35 million families could lose child tax credit in 3 weeks
PEOPLE is calling on Congress to send a $2,000 stimulus check after Thanksgiving as 35 million families will lose their child tax credit in just three weeks.
The final check as part of the comprehensive Child Tax Credit program goes to eligible American families on December 15.
If Congress doesn’t decide to expand the program, what President Joe Biden expanded earlier this year to offset some of the financial burden many Americans felt as a result of Covid-19, the December 15 check will be the final monthly payment.
Meanwhile, Americans have taken to Twitter to call on the president for another round of stimulus checks, especially as recent reports claim this Thanksgiving will be the most expensive ever.
“@POTUS that you know would help improve your approval ratings, a SURPRISE INCENTIVE CHECK to offset the higher cost of goods. $1500 – 2000 right after Thanksgiving,” one user tweeted to Biden.
Another suggested recurring incentives: “Let’s pass this law with multiple incentives for people who earn less than 75,000 a year and give risk payments to essential workers who earn less than 75,000 a year and have been employed throughout 2020.”
The call for more money comes as the American Farm Bureau reported that prices for this year’s Thanksgiving meals will rise 14 percent from last year.
While part of this increase is due to inflation, according to The HillIt’s also partly due to the fact that many people skipped Thanksgiving, or had much smaller gatherings, last year because of the pandemic.
Food prices on last year’s Turkish Day were even 4 percent lower than in 2019.
Still, Americans can expect to feel the rise in food and travel prices, as the price of gas has also risen due to inflation.
A Twitter user complained, this time to Sen. Bernie Sanders, that her family could not afford a turkey because of the current economic situation.
“Are you ever going to pass an incentive package with incentive checks to help the people?[?] It’s very hard to explain to your granddaughter that turkey hot dogs and mac and cheese are for Thanksgiving dinner,” they wrote.
EXPAND CHILD TAX CREDIT
The expanded Child Tax Credit program, which began sending monthly checks of $300 or $250 to eligible families in July, provided some relief to millions of Americans.
However, it’s unclear at this point whether Congress will extend it before it expires in three weeks.
Democrats want to extend the program by another year as part of their $2 trillion social spending, health and climate plan called the Build Back Better Act.
In general, however, Republicans are against it.