Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statements regarding the inclusion of their provision in the coronavirus relief package that will allow mixed-status families to be eligible for COVID-19 direct economic impact payments:
“While the CARES Act provided relief to many, it wrongly excluded millions of taxpayers, including American citizens, from receiving the direct stimulus payments they desperately needed at the start of the pandemic because of the immigration status of their family members,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I’m proud to have worked across the aisle to ensure that Americans in need, including their U.S. citizen children, are not barred from receiving the second round of stimulus payments. Mixed-status families will also be able to retroactively benefit from the CARES Act relief payments when they file their 2020 tax returns. This will help 23,000 families in Nevada, many of whom are essential workers keeping our economy going and saving lives. While this is necessary progress for millions of families across the country, more assistance is needed and I’ll keep fighting for all tax-paying families to get relief during this difficult time.”
“Fixing the provision that denied some eligible American citizens from receiving a federal stimulus check under the CARES Act was an oversight that needed correction,” said Senator Rubio. “No American should have been blocked from receiving federal assistance during a global pandemic because of who they married. I thank Senator Tillis and my other Senate colleagues for their leadership in getting this across the finish line.” ?
“Every eligible American citizen should receive the direct economic stimulus payment from the CARES Act and this new COVID-19 relief package as we continue to battle this pandemic,” said Senator Tillis. “I am proud of this bipartisan legislation to fix this oversight will become law so hard-working North Carolinians receive the stimulus payment they deserve.”