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Published: Mar 30, 2021 6 min read
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The IRS is in the process of sending out a third round of stimulus checks to support Americans through the ongoing coronavirus crisis. And, in true American fashion, some people are already asking for more.

According to back-of-the-envelope math, the federal government has issued 434 million payments in the past 12 months. That's roughly $737 billion that went toward buying groceries, paying rent and increasing people's savings accounts in a turbulent economic time. But as vaccine distribution ramps up and the country reopens, will there be a fourth stimulus check?

It's not an outlandish proposition. Kamala Harris, before she was vice president, advocated for $2,000 monthly payments for people who made up to $120,000. In January, more than 50 House Democrats wrote a letter to Harris and President Joe Biden calling for “recurring cash payments” that would “continue until the economy recovers,” going to “those who need it most and will spend it the quickest.” In early March, a group of senators wrote their own letter to that effect, noting that "this crisis is far from over."

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