Congressional Schedule Indicates Second Stimulus Checks Could Come As Early As August
A second round of stimulus checks could arrive sooner rather than later for millions of Americans impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
Lawmakers have indicated on several occasions that they want to pass another economic relief package addressing the effects of COVID-19 before leaving for their month-long recess this summer. Though negotiations over the next bill aren't likely to start until July 20, when the Senate is set to reconvene after a two-week break for Independence Day.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that "of course" Congress would have enough time to negotiate another bill before Capitol Hill clears out on August 7. She said Republicans have "publicly said that 'this or that' should be in the next bill, so we anticipate we will have a bill."
It's been more than 45 days since the Democratic-controlled House passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The bill includes another round of stimulus checks where each member of a household would receive $1,200—including children. The legislation would cap total payments at $6,000 per family.
But the HEROES Act didn't make it far past the House, as it was deemed "dead on arrival" by Senate Republicans. The White House also signaled that if the bill were to arrive on President Donald Trump's desk, he would veto it.
Yet there are signs that the White House would get behind additional funding. Trump recently told Fox News that he not only supports a second round of stimulus checks but that ...
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