Rep. Richmond Statement on Automatic Direct Payments to Seniors


Date: April 2, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Treasury's decision to automatically send coronavirus stimulus checks to Social Security recipients. Yesterday evening, Treasury reversed its previous guidance and announced that people who receive Social Security benefits will now receive the direct payments that Congress passed in the CARES Act. These are one-time payments of up to $1,200 for each eligible adult and $500 for each child claimed for the Child Tax Credit.

Payments will be disbursed through direct deposit or through physical checks sent by mail. Previously, the Treasury Department announced that Social Security beneficiaries would need to fill out paperwork to file taxes for 2019 in order to receive these payments. After strong opposition from Congress, Treasury announced that Social Security beneficiaries will be able to automatically receive their payments without taking further action.

"The treatment of our seniors has always been one of my top priorities. In the midst of this crisis, I'm glad that Treasury listened to the concerns my colleagues and I shared about the potential impact of their guidance. Treasury's decision to reverse their initial guidance and provide automatic payments for Social Security recipients is a step in the right direction," said Rep. Richmond. "Our seniors are the bedrock of our communities and they rightfully deserve the money promised to them in the CARES Act without additional paperwork or administrative delay.

"I am also calling for our veterans and those who receive Supplemental Security Income to receive automatic direct payments. We cannot afford to leave out those in our community who have made selfless contributions to society during this urgent time of need."