Pelosi says child tax credit payments are stimulus checks

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi put an end to any further stimulus checks, saying the child tax credits are stimulus checks in themselves.

Just The News reporter Nicholas Ballasy stopped the speaker Tuesday while she visited the COVID-19 memorial on the National Mall. A white flag for every death is displayed on the lawn. Then, Ballasy asked Pelosi if a fourth check is on the horizon of the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill.

“We have a stimulus check that will out on the 15th,” Pelosi responded. “The child tax credit will go out on the 15th of October. We just had the September check.”

Meanwhile, nearly three million people have signed a petition demanding Congress for more aid. The woman behind the petition is a Colorado restaurant owner who claims she’s lost all income from the restaurant.

“Our country is still deeply struggling. The recovery hasn’t reached many Americans – the true unemployment rate for low-wage workers is estimated at over 20% and many people face large debts from last year for things like utilities, rent and child care,” the petition reads. “These are all reasons that checks need to be targeted to people who are still struggling and that Congress needs to learn from this past year. It took nine months for Congress to send a second stimulus check, and just moments to spend it. Moving forward Congress needs to make recurring checks automatic if certain triggers are met.”

Recipients of the child tax credit get $300 per child under age 6 and $250 per child between the ages of 6 and 17 every month.

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