Talks of a second stimulus check have begun to ramp up in recent days, well over a month after the House of Representatives included another round of stimulus checks in their HEROES Act. While the Senate didn't outright reject another round of stimulus checks, they did reject outright large portions of the $3 trillion bill.
That's where things have stood for the past month, but recent comments by President Trump and other high-level Republicans appear open the door for new negotiations over a second round of stimulus checks. When asked whether there will be another stimulus package, President Trump was unequivocal, saying "[W]e will be doing another stimulus package. It'll be very good, it'll be very generous."
While it's true that some of President Trump's advisers and Senate Republicans don't have much interest for a second round of direct checks to the American public, that doesn't mean there won't be one, especially since President Trump all but guaranteed there will be one.
So, it may take a few weeks of negotiations between Republicans and then some more time for Democrats and Republicans to come to a compromise, but a second round of stimulus checks seems a lot more likely than it did even a week ago.
Yeah I'm expecting another round for sure. But I am not so sure it will be checks like last time, with no strings attached. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if it came in the form of incentives for going back to work. Or a check with stipulations, like you have to spend it on job training or something like that. I just have seen those kinds of proposals from Republicans the last few months floating around.
Of course it could just be another round of checks, just like last time. How much and who qualifies will be interesting to follow.. can't imagine it will be more than last time but maybe the Republicans will surprise. Who knows.
I fear expanded unemployment ending July 31st and am worried that won't get extended at all with this next round of stimulus from Congress (which could very well be the final stimulus we see from them in response to Covid-19 this year). As nice as another one time $1200 check would be for many of us, it's not nearly the help that many have gotten (or are still struggling to try to get) with $600/wk + state benefits from unemployment.
Any help helps though. Let's hope progress is made, and made soon.
Second Stimulus Checks Could Be Sent As Early As August
Hopefully they come to an agreement and pass another stimulus bill by August 7th. That's the current expectation anyways. Would consider that good news. At least we will know soon enough as Congress is in recess now but will be back between July 20th and August 7th. If they fail to pass anything in that 15 day window, they won't be back until Sept 7th. With cases on the rise and states slowing down or stopping re-opening procedures it seems they should be more motivated to pass something now, then they were say 4-6 weeks ago.