Senator Cornyn

Cornyn: COVID Relief Bill Will Send Recovery Checks to Mixed Status Families

December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today announced that the COVID relief deal the Senate will vote on tonight provides $600 recovery checks to all citizens earning up to $75,000 per year, including citizens married to foreign nationals who were left out of the last round of $1,200 recovery checks in the CARES Act.  In addition, these citizens will be eligible for the initial round of recovery checks when they file their 2020 tax return.

“Texans need relief now,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “The economic impact of the pandemic, just like the virus itself, does not discriminate based on immigration status of one’s spouse, and we shouldn’t either when it comes to sending recovery checks to U.S. citizens.”

Earlier this year, Sen. Cornyn announced his support for the American Citizen Coronavirus Relief Act to retroactively send economic recovery checks authorized by the CARES Act to Texans who did not originally qualify because their spouse is a foreign national and do not have a Social Security Number.