Democratic leaders on the House Ways and Means Committee are calling for the IRS and Social Security Administration to step up their efforts to get the funds to recipients of Social Security who have not received their stimulus money.
Congressional Democrats, including Representative Richard Neal of Massachusetts, who serves as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, sent a letter to the IRS and Social Security Administration on Monday calling for “immediate attention to this urgent matter.”
Other committee leaders who signed the letter include Representatives John Larson, D-Conn.; Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J.; and Danny Davis, D-Ill.
CNBC’s recent article “Lawmakers call for prompt payment of $1,400 stimulus checks to Social Security beneficiaries” reports that delays have been reported in sending $1,400 stimulus checks to Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement Board and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries who don’t typically file tax returns.
“The American Rescue Plan was intended to provide much-needed economic stimulus and assistance to people across the country — immediately — and we are counting on your agencies to ensure that beneficiaries are not left behind in the seamless delivery of those payments,” the lawmakers wrote.
“Some of our most vulnerable seniors and persons with disabilities, including veterans who served our country with honor, are unable to pay for basic necessities while they wait for their overdue payments,” the lawmakers said.
The IRS has not given a timeline for those payments, according to the letter.
To date, the IRS has sent out about 90 million of the third stimulus checks, which amount to up to $1,400 per person, provided people meet certain income thresholds and other qualifications.
A second batch of those $1,400 checks is due to arrive via direct deposit as soon as Wednesday, while more payments have also been sent by mail as a paper check or prepaid debit card.
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Reference: CNBC (March 23, 2021) “Lawmakers call for prompt payment of $1,400 stimulus checks to Social Security beneficiaries”
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