Melina Rodriguez is an American citizen whose family's history in Kentucky predates the American Revolution.
Despite her family's history service for the country over several generations, she was denied the stimulus payment simply because she filed her taxes with her husband, who is an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) holder.
Please support Melina's right to equal treatment under the law by urging her Senators and Representative to support legislation to fix this problem for citizens like her.
To Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul, Representative Andy Barr:
Melina Rodriguez is a constituent of yours whose family has a long history of service to the United States. They have had roots in this country since 1766, and in Pike County Kentucky since 1785. Her maternal grandfather served during WW II on the USS Yorktown. Both her maternal and paternal grand uncles fought in WW II. One of them, James Meade, gave his life in service to this country on Luzon Island, Philippines. An uncle served in the Air Force 1977-1987.
Melina filed her taxes with her husband, who is an ITIN holder. Because of that, a clause in the CARES Act prevented her from receiving a stimulus check. After the service and sacrifices of her family, this is an injustice.
We, the undersigned, support Melina, and we urge you to support the passage of H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, with all possible haste.
Scott Kane is an American citizen working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a supervisor at a residential center for people with intellectual disabilities, and is proud to be part of the team that has kept their residents, many of them elderly and at high risk, safe.
Scott's wife Virgina is in the Phillipines, where she is from, and they have yet to start the immigration process, due in part to the pandemic.
Virginia does not yet have a Social Security Number. Because of that, a clause in the CARES Act denied Scott his $1,200 stimulus payment. In a cruel twist, Virginia was also excluded from Phillipine COVID-19 financial support because she is married to an American.
Please support Scott's right to equal treatment under the law by urging his Senators and Representative to support legislation to fix this problem for citizens like him.
To Senator Bob Casey, Senator Pat Toomey, Representative GT Thompson:
Scott Kane is a US citizen and your constituent. His wife Virginia is in the Phillipines and does not have a Social Security Number yet. Because of that Scott did not qualify for the recent stimulus payment. Also, Virginia did not qualify for Philippine benefits because she is married to an American. Scott is an essential worker, caring for people with intellectual disabilities at a state facility. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused great hardship for Scott. Because quarantines have resulted in job loss for family members, he has been supporting three households on his one paycheck. The stimulus check would have been a godsend for him.
It is not right that American citizens are being deprived of a benefit because of who they married.
We, the undersigned, support Scott, and we urge you to support the passage of H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, with all possible haste.