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Over 140 million people have received a check as part of an aid plan put in place to combat the effects of the health crisis.
Question asked by Jean on 05/21/2020
Your question refers to the stimulus check - support check (or economic impact payment) sent by the American government to millions of American workers and households during the pandemic, and on which appears the name of Donald Trump.
This decision was announced at the end of March, by a vote of the Congress of the Cares Act (for "Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security"). A law which allows -- to provide aid of "1,200 dollars maximum [or just over 1,100 euros, note] per adult or individual who received less than 99,000 dollars" over the previous year. In addition to this amount is $ 500 per child under the age of 17.
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2,000 billion dollars
In addition, the Internal Revenue Service, the American tax collection service, provides additional assistance to Social Security beneficiaries who did not pay taxes in 2018 or 2019. In total , this first stimulus package injects more than $ 2 trillion into the American economy. It also provides extended unemployment insurance as well as assistance to businesses and hospitals.
The idea of the plan: to rely on the principle of "helicopter money", analyzed by the economist Milton Friedman. That is to say, distributing money to households so that they boost consumption and thus support an American economy that was badly damaged during the health crisis. According to US officials, nearly 140 million recipients have received their checks so far. Steven Mnuchnin, secretary of the Treasury, says that an additional 10 million Americans are eligible for the aid soon.
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A few months before the American elections, the gesture can also be observed through the political lens. Originally, in fact, the name of Donald Trump should not have appeared on the check sent. Finally, it is visible in a good place. A "shameful" reversal in the eyes of the leader of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi, who criticized the President of the United States in April for having delayed the sending of aid. "I didn't understand much, but apparently my name will be on it," said Donald Trump. I'm sure people will be happy to receive a good big check with my name on it. ”A check in France
A second law, the Heroes Act (for "Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions"), proposed this time by the Democrats, could lead to a new burst of checks. The text, under discussion, plans in particular to include undocumented migrants present on American soil in the device.
In any event, American citizenship does not necessarily appear compulsory in order to benefit from the first check. The first condition being that of being a taxpayer. However, for non-American citizens, the discovery of the check is often a surprise. Our colleaguesthus report the situation of Salomé, a young Bordeaux girl, who discovered the famous check in her mailbox. If she worked well six months last year in the United States (in an amusement park in Florida), she is now back in France and does not have American nationality, she confirms this Friday with CheckNews : “We are several dozen in the world to have received it. It seems to be due to tax returns made in past years. ” Before cashing it, she tells us, the young woman will wait to see if the American tax service appears, in case of error.
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