Support is building for the idea of having the government send every adult a $1,000 check to help contain the economic damage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sen. Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, on Monday became the latest and most prominent of several lawmakers to promote the idea, calling for checks to be sent to “every American adult” as part of a broader measure he unveiled.
“Congress took similar action during the 2001 and 2008 recessions,” Romney said in a statement. “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.”
Lawmakers and economists began calling for sending the checks as the economic damage from the virus set in this week.