Congressman Panetta Co-Introduces the All Dependent Children Count Act to Expand Disbursement of Direct Payments Provided by CARES Act

April 1, 2020
Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that he co-introduced the All Dependent Children Count Act, H.R. 6420.  The bipartisan legislation expands the definition of a dependent in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to include children younger than 19 years of age, students 24 years of age and younger, and all dependents who are disabled, regardless of age.  Congresswoman Angie Craig (D-MN) is the lead sponsor of the bill.

Currently the CARES Act provides for immediate, direct cash payments to lower-and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child up to 17 years of age.  The All Dependent Children Count Act will allow more Americans to receive direct payments provided by the coronavirus response legislation.

“We in Congress acted swiftly to provide our community members with aid during this coronavirus pandemic.  Our latest coronavirus response legislation, the CARES Act, included direct payments to help working class families through this trying time.  However, I have heard from families on the Central Coast who are concerned about their college-aged kids who are back at home and their disabled family members being left out of receiving that aid,” said Congressman Panetta.   “I cosponsored the All Dependent Children Count Act to update the CARES Act to be reflective and supportive of families.  I urge the House to pass this legislation as quickly as possible.”

The full bill text can be found here.