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Americans May Be Getting Checks Soon

Amount is up in the air, but Mnuchin suggests sending them in next 2 weeks
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2020 11:58 AM CDT
Updated Mar 17, 2020 6:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – It looks like Americans will soon be getting some type of relief check amid the coronavirus crisis. "We are looking at sending checks to Americans immediately," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday morning. "Americans need cash now and the president wants to get cash now," he added. "And I mean now in the next two weeks." Details, updates from later Tuesday, and related developments:

  • How much are we talking? The amount people might get is unclear, but Mnuchin discussed the details with lawmakers on Capitol Hill after making his initial announcement. On Monday, Sen. Mitt Romney backed the idea of giving American adults $1,000 each.
  • And exactly when? After his meeting with Senate Republicans later Tuesday, Mnuchin apparently backed off on the aforementioned "two weeks" remark, noting that checks could go out by the end of April depending how quickly Congress moves.

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