Jun 25 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced The American Citizen Coronavirus Relief Act, legislation that would amend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and ensure U.S. citizens will not be denied federal coronavirus assistance because he or she is married to a foreign national who is not currently a citizen of the United States. 

Currently, the CARES Act prohibits U.S. citizens who jointly file taxes with a spouse that does not have a Social Security Number (SSN) from receiving a recovery rebate. The American Citizen Coronavirus Relief Act maintains the SSN requirement but would allow U.S. citizens to receive Economic Impact Payment (EIP) the same way a single tax filer would. 

“In March I worked to pass the bipartisan CARES Act to provide economic stimulus payments to North Carolinians as we battle this pandemic,” said Senator Tillis. “Every eligible citizen deserves this payment and I am proud to introduce legislation with Senator Rubio to fix this oversight.”

“No American should be denied a federal stimulus check because they are married to a foreign national who is not a U.S. citizen,” said Senator Rubio. “Amid a global pandemic, we must ensure Americans are receiving the funds appropriated by the federal government to keep families afloat during this national crisis.” 

A one-pager of The American Citizen Coronavirus Relief Act can be found here.