Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is calling for the federal government to issue a $1,000 check “to each American” to help offset the cost of dealing with the coronavirus.
In a statement issued Monday, outlined his coronavirus proposals and called for the thousand-dollar checks to be issued “immediately”:
Provide Economic Stability for Working Americans:
- Immediately Send $1,000 Checks to Each American: 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.
Other Romney proposals outlined in the statement include:
- “Provide Grants to Impacted Small Businesses,”
- “Allow “Unexpected Costs Due to COVID-19” as Factor for Pell Grant Amount”
- “Loan Deferment for Recent Graduates Impacted by COVID-19”
- “Require Insurance Plans to Temporarily Cover Telehealth”
The House-passed coronavirus response package doesn’t go far enough, Romney said:
“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.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the United States was 329,395,548 on March 15, 2020. Thus, if each of those individual received a check, the government would spend more than $329 billion: $329,395,548,000. (Romney did not define what he meant by "each American," so illegal aliens and visa-holders may be excluded).