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Pa. group sues feds over delayed $500 payments for children of low-income, disabled Americans

  August 3, 2020 | By Daniel Moore, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As Congress resumes negotiations for another economic relief package this week, thousands of low-income and disabled Americans have been blocked from receiving $500 checks for their dependents — a lingering issue from the first COVID-19 aid package that federal officials have suggested could delay the checks until 2021.

Last week, five Pennsylvanians and a Philadelphia nonprofit filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that argued the Trump administration deprived due process rights and failed to follow instructions in Congress’ $2.3 trillion aid package approved in March.

On Friday, lawyers representing the group filed a motion for preliminary injunction that demanded the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service give people more time to claim the direct cash payments for children.

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