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You Might Get $2K Relief Check After All

Schumer says it's No. 1 priority in Democrat-controlled Senate

(Newser) - It got a little lost in the shuffle of Wednesday's chaos in DC, but the pair of Democratic Senate wins in Georgia means that Americans might get $2,000 in COVID relief checks after all. In this case, that would likely mean an additional payment of $1,400 on...

McConnell Says He Won't Be 'Bullied' on $2K Checks

He blocks vote on bill for second day

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Wednesday that he would not be "bullied" into holding a vote on increasing stimulus checks for $2,000. He blocked a vote on a House bill to boost payments despite pressure from Democrats and President Trump, who tweeted "$2000 ASAP!" Wednesday...

Mnuchin: Stimulus Payments Are on the Way

He says first payments will arrive Tuesday night

(Newser) - Stimulus payments are on the way, Steven Mnuchin says. The Treasury Secretary announced Tuesday that the first stimulus payments of up to $600 per person would be arriving in bank accounts within hours, the Hill reports. "These payments may begin to arrive in some accounts by direct deposit as...

McConnell Blocks Vote on $2K Relief Checks

Trump says measure must pass unless Republicans have a 'death wish'

(Newser) - While the final weeks of President Trump's time in office were always going to be unpredictable, not many people thought he'd end up on the same side as Sen. Bernie Sanders in a clash with Senate Republicans. The president lashed out Tuesday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...

We May Be Having the Wrong Debate on Relief Checks

The real question is why rich people are getting them, too, writes Catherine Rampell

(Newser) - The issue of whether Americans will get relief checks of $600 or $2,000 is now in the hands of the Senate, and the legislative jiu-jitsu already has begun. It's expected to play out over a few days, and how it will end up is anyone's guess at...

Sanders: I'll Filibuster Over $2K Relief Checks

He wants vote on increasing the amount from $600, could keep senators from going home

(Newser) - Whether Americans will get checks for $600 or $2,000 is now up to the Senate, and it looks like the next few days are going to be interesting ones in the chamber. Bernie Sanders on Monday threatened to filibuster unless the Senate votes quickly on the measure, reports the...

Relief Checks Back on Track After Trump Signs Bill

Amount expected to be $600, though Congress will vote on raising it to $2K

(Newser) - After a delay of nearly a week , President Trump on Sunday night backed down, as many had begged him to do , and signed the COVID relief bill. That means the government won't shut down, as would have happened had he not signed by Monday night, Politico reports. It also...

Why a Pro Sports Team Got a $4.82M COVID Loan

The Pittsburgh Penguins needed it for rent, apparently

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh Penguins, an NHL team valued at $650 million, received a $4.82 million loan through the Paycheck Protection Program, part of the CARES Act passed at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post , the hockey team was the only one...

Sign the Bill, Lawmakers Tell Trump

Congress can approve more relief later, both parties say

(Newser) - Lawmakers of both parties pressed President Trump on Sunday to sign the COVID-19 relief and spending bill, after unemployment benefits for millions of Americans expired overnight. "What the president is doing right now is unbelievably cruel," said Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. "So many people are hurting....

Limbo on COVID Relief Starts Hitting Home Saturday

Unemployment benefits for millions begin expiring

(Newser) - The impasse in DC on a COVID relief package begins to get very real on Saturday for millions of Americans. Two programs set up during the pandemic to provide benefits for the unemployed expire, reports CNBC . One helps self-employed and gig workers and the other provides $300 a week to...

'Several People Broke Down Crying in Phone Interviews'

'Washington Post' interviews those on brink of losing jobless aid or their businesses

(Newser) - It's a rough read for Christmas Day. But the Washington Post interviews 10 people pushed to the financial brink because of the pandemic who can't understand why Congress and the White House haven't been able to agree on a relief package. "Several people broke down crying...

Attempt to Increase COVID Relief Checks Fails in House

House Democrats side with Trump on bigger amount, but Republicans block measure

(Newser) - So how much will Americans get in COVID relief payments, and when will they get it? Check back Monday. House Democrats and Republicans engaged in a quick battle of legislative maneuvers on Thursday that effectively punted the issue into next week. The recap: Earlier this week, Congress passed legislation that...

Trump Shocks Aides With His Call for $2K

And some of his staunchest opponents agree

(Newser) - President Trump has a complaint—and some of his fiercest critics are on his side this time. In video posted to Twitter on Tuesday, the POTUS called the $600 figure arrived at by Congress for round two of coronavirus stimulus money "ridiculously low," calling on lawmakers to bump...

Congress Approves Its Longest Bill Ever

The $900B COVID relief package

(Newser) - Congress passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package that would finally deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Lawmakers tacked on a $1.4 trillion catchall spending bill and thousands of pages of other end-of-session...

You Might Get Your COVID Relief Check Next Week

Treasury's Mnuchin says they'll be delivered quickly

(Newser) - The next round of COVID relief checks promised to Americans won't arrive in time for Christmas, but they won't be too far behind, either. Treasury chief Stephen Mnuchin told CNBC Monday that he expects a quick turnaround. "The good news is this is a very, very fast...

Top Congressional Leaders Reach COVID Relief Deal

Sen. Mitch McConnell says 'More help is on the way'

(Newser) - Congressional leaders announced Sunday that a COVID relief bill is in the bag, the New York Times reports. "We can finally report what our nation has needed to hear for a very long time: More help is on the way," said Sen. Mitch McConnell. With just hours left...

Political Odd Couple May Have Paved Way for COVID Relief

Meanwhile, a government shutdown loomed

(Newser) - Top congressional lawmakers struck a late-night agreement on the last major obstacle to a COVID-19 economic relief package costing nearly $1 trillion, clearing the way for votes as early as Sunday. Per the AP , a Democratic aide said that an agreement had been reached late Saturday and that compromise language...

Your $600 Check Stalls Over 'Arcane' Argument

Sen. Pat Toomey wants to curb Federal Reserve powers

(Newser) - An arcane battle over emergency Federal Reserve powers is frustrating efforts to lock down an agreement on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package, the AP reports. Saturday's impasse is just the latest stumble in a partisan, monthslong fight, and feelings hardened as the Senate congregated for a...

GOP Senator on Blocking Stimulus Checks: 'I'm Not Heartless'

Ron Johnson insists $1,200 checks aren't the way to go, would balloon national debt

(Newser) - As the end of the year draws near, Capitol Hill is still wrangling with a new COVID relief plan—and this week, one GOP senator made clear his views on stimulus checks to Americans as part of that plan. The Hill reports that on Friday, Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of...

You Can Expect 2nd Relief Check

Most Americans will likely get $600 under the emerging deal in Congress

(Newser) - It looks like Congress is on track to reach a deal on a COVID stimulus package before the end of the week, one that would include relief checks for Americans, though at a smaller amount than the first ones of $1,200. Coverage:
  • Key numbers: Most Americans are expected to
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