NJ Sen. Cory Booker proposes relief plan that could give financial help to families

Posted: 1:23 PM, Mar 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-20 13:49:41-04

NEW YORK — A day after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the White House is working to provide checks to several American workers, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) proposed a relief plan for families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Booker proposed a “significant support” that $2,000 would be given to every child and adult in the country making under a certain amount.

If the economy stays in the downward spiral of hurting, it would activate in the next few months another tranche of money for $1,500 for every other person. If it would continue through the year, that means individuals would then get $1,000.

“That means a family of four — if the economy is still hurting and people are still facing challenges — can get up to $18,000 in addition to unemployment benefits,” Booker said.

“I think $1,000 is not enough,” he said.

When asked what officials are doing to salvage jobs, Booker told the PIX11 Morning News “Right now as we don’t even know how long this period of sheltering in place or social isolation is going to last,” people need support right now.