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Andrew Yang renews calls for UBI after latest stimulus package fails to provide direct payments

Universal basic income was the centerpiece of Yang’s presidential platform. Now, a lot more people see it as a good idea.

Andrew Yang renews calls for UBI after latest stimulus package fails to provide direct payments
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Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and his supporters see a pivotal failing with the $484 billion stimulus bill supplement signed today by President Trump. The plan contains no stimulus for the people. He is lobbying for $2,000 monthly stimulus checks to be sent directly to American adults, plus $500 per child, until the end of the COVID-19 crisis, and he’s encouraging his 1.4 million Twitter followers to call their congressional representatives.

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“We need our government to do what it’s supposed to do, and that’s look out for us, the people of this country,” he says in a video.

Universal basic income was the centerpiece of Yang’s presidential platform. Last year, he proposed $1,000-per-month checks, regardless of income. The idea has gained mainstream traction—particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic—including with high-profile supporters such as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who is donating $1 billion in shares of Square, worth 28% of his income, to his own charitable organization. Post-pandemic, the organization will focus on UBI and girls’ education and health. The movement’s hashtag, #CongressPassUBI, was trending on Twitter earlier today.