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The White House says it's up to Congress to decide on sending more stimulus checks, saying they're 'not free'

Posted On: May 11, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

The White House says it's up to Congress to decide on sending more stimulus checks, saying they're 'not free'

Summary List Placement The White House said Tuesday it will be up to Congress to decide if more direct payments go out the door this year, saying they are a costly measure for the federal government to deploy.
"We'll see what members of Congress propose, but those are not free," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a press conference.
Psaki touted the revamped child tax credit , a provision that Biden's stimulus bulked up to $3,600 per child aged 5 and under, or $3,000 per kid between 6 and 17. The president's newest $1.8 trillion economic proposal sets that up as a child allowance that lasts through 2025.
"If passed, the families of tens of millions of children will continue to get regular payments," she said. "Obviously, we're continuing to evaluate what their needs are - to continue to get the pandemic under control, put people back to work, but we think that's a proposal with a long-term benefit."
The stimulus law in March included a round of $1,400 direct payments for individuals earning...

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