After weeks of stalled negotiations on a new stimulus relief bill, Democratic and Republican leaders both expressed a willingness to work together again but they are still hundreds of billions of dollars apart from each other and from the White House, on their respective stimulus measures.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats’ insistence for more sweeping aid.
Despite a push from President Donald Trump for lawmakers to explore a coronavirus aid package that would include a second round of stimulus checks, members of Congress left Washington for the weekend no closer to an agreement.
Despite the fact both sides of the aisle have voiced support for another round of $1,200 direct payments as part of a relief package, it doesn’t appear lawmakers will be able to deliver them during election-season political combat.
A group of bipartisan lawmakers released a $1.5 trillion coronavirus aid proposal that includes a second round of $1,200 direct payments to Americans.
What’s not clear is whether the package would include a second stimulus check. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have voiced support for a direct payments in the next aid deal.
Odds look less likely for a second round of stimulus checks
As we enter September, there’s not much movement on another aid package which is expected to include a second stimulus check for most Americans.
After calling Democrats “heartless” for not supporting previous plans, Trump tweeted, “Go for the much higher numbers, Republicans, it all comes back to the USA anyway (one way or another!).”
After President Trump spoke out Wednesday in support of stimulus checks, the door opened on the possibility of an aid package being approved before November 3.
While Congress appears to be far from agreeing on a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that about 50,000 people will be receiving stimulus checks next month.
Trump put pressure on negotiators for both sides, urging Republicans to “go for the much higher numbers.”