Republican senators channel their inner Andrew Yang and call for a form of Universal Basic Income

Earlier on Monday, Senator Mitt Romney “proposed giving $1,000 to every American adult as lawmakers scramble to try to bolster the U.S. economy amid growing concerns over the coronavirus.”

“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. 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.”


In addition to that, Romney’s proposals call for providing grants to affected small businesses, measures aimed at easing financial burdens for students during this time and actions to bolster telehealth services amid the outbreak.

OnFox & Friends, Senator Tom Cotton said on that he favored a form of Universal Basic Income (UBI), calling on the federal government to cut checks to Americans put out of work by the coronavirus outbreak. 

He gave an example of $4,000 per month going to any family of four for the duration of the crisis. 

A spokesman for Cotton later clarified that the Senator has not settled on a figure. 

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang was stoked:

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