Walorski, Kind Introduce Bipartisan Fix to Ensure Dependents Receive Coronavirus Relief Payments
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) today introduced legislation to ensure college students and adult dependents are eligible to receive federal relief funding in the form of direct payments. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, most families will receive an economic stimulus payment of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. However, no credit is available for dependents older than 16, meaning that many college students and other dependent adults, such as those with disabilities who are cared for by a family member, are not eligible for relief. This legislative fix will allow thousands of Hoosiers who were previously excluded, to receive direct economic impact payments.
“Coronavirus relief payments of $1,200 per adult and $500 per eligible child are already helping workers, families, and seniors get through this unprecedented crisis,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “However, I believe it’s only fair to include all adult dependents – not just children under the age of 17 – in families’ direct payments. Providing these extra payments to parents with college-aged children, grandparents raising grandchildren, and families caring for a disabled relative is a commonsense way to get assistance to those who need it.”
“With so many experiencing economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must ensure all Wisconsinites receive the support they need,” said Rep. Kind. “College students’ lives were particularly uprooted by this crisis, often losing not only their homes but in many cases jobs as well. These students, those with disabilities, and their families cannot be left without a financial lifeline during these challenging times. This legislation will fill in gaps in the CARES Act by expanding eligibility for economic impact payments and take an important step towards providing further relief.”
The bill text is available here.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.