All across the United States people are taking precautions to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Health experts are encouraging people to stay inside their homes and states are beginning to shut down restaurants, bars, gyms, and other businesses.
The closing businesses and restricted travel make it difficult for many people to earn a living. If they can’t work how will they pay rent or afford groceries? Well, Sen. Mitt Romney thinks he has the answer.
The Utah senator thinks that the government should give every adult in the U.S. $1,000 to help them get through this health crisis.
“Every American adult should immediately receive $1,000 to help ensure families and workers can meet their short-term obligations and increase spending in the economy,” Romney said in a press release on Monday. “Congress took similar action during the 2001 and 2008 recessions. 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.”
Romney’s proposal was the center of Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign. Yang dropped out of the presidential race last month. He proposed a universal basic income plan that would have given every American $1,000 a month.
Just before Romney made his proposal public Yang had tweeted, “Putting money into people’s hands is the obvious thing to do in this situation. I hope Congress wakes up to this before it’s too late. Every day is enormous at this point.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has also spoken out and called for Americans to get $1000 a month for the remainder of the coronavirus pandemic.
Romney is also proposing grants for small businesses that include “unexpected costs due to COVID-19.”