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As a presidential candidate, Andrew Yang ran on a promise to provide a universal basic income of $1,000 a month for every American adult.

After Congress gave many a direct infusion of $1,200 to offset some of the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, he’s renewing calls for a more permanent universal income.

“One of the reasons cash in our hands is the most direct and effective way, is because we know how were going to spend it: on groceries and heating oil and rent checks,” he said.

“The fact that there’s going to be a ton of graft and corruption, and loss and waste of these stimulus funds, is brutal to accept when there’s so many Americans suffering.”

Andrew Yang is founder of Humanity Forward and a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

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