Future Forum Advances Effort to Secure Additional Relief for Young Americans Affected by COVID-19 Crisis
WASHINGTON –The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure championed by Future Forum to give families more assistance to care for dependent children currently excluded from COVID-19 economic impact payments. In particular, the HEROES Act—sweeping legislation to respond to the coronavirus health and economic emergency—would allow dependents ages 17 to 18, college students under age 24, and permanently disabled children of all ages to be considered as a “qualifying child” for economic impact payment eligibility. The legislation was passed on the House floor by a vote of 208 to 199.
“The HEROES Act would make critical investments to help young Americans and their families overcome financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 emergency,” said Future Forum Chair Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla. “I’m proud that our proposal to ensure more dependents are eligible for financial relief was included in the House-passed bill. We will keep fighting to ensure this fix becomes law so that this much-needed assistance is provided to millions of families as soon as possible.”
The HEROES Act authorizes a second round of economic impact payments—or recovery rebates—of $1,200 per family member (up to $6,000 per household) and allows taxpayers to receive additional assistance for dependents, regardless of age. This provision, which would apply both prospectively and retroactively, ensures families will receive assistance to care for dependent children who were excluded from the first round of economic impact payments authorized by the CARES Act.
Last month, Reps. Murphy and Angie Craig, D-Minn., led a caucus letter to House and Senate leaders urging this fix to the CARES Act. The letter was signed by 36 members.
Future Forum is a caucus of young Democratic Members of Congress who advocate for issues and opportunities important to younger Americans. Since its inception, Future Forum has visited more than 50 cities in an effort to engage with millennial and Gen Z Americans where they live, work, and go to school on issues such as student loan debt, college affordability, and employment opportunities.