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Stimulus package benefits millions of families with adult dependents


April 14, 2021

DAVID JOLES - Star Tribune

U.S. Rep Angie Craig, right, met with members of the Harris family, whose 28-year-old son Josh wasn't able to receive any stimulus checks from earlier bills prior to the rescue plan during the pandemic.

When the first round of pandemic relief payments went out last spring, Debbi Harris felt like her son, Josh, was forgotten by lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

As the coronavirus pandemic tore through the country, the Harris family went to great lengths to protect the health of their youngest son, now 28, who has complex medical needs. But while Debbi and her husband Victor got relief payments last year, Debbi noticed Josh, as a dependent, was not included.

"We are so used to being just isolated and hidden and this way - with Josh not being part of the stimulus and being helped through the stimulus like other Americans - it was just another confirmation that he didn't count, that nobody was seeing him," said Debbi Harris, 63, of Eagan.


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