Stimulus package vote today: Latest on $600 second check, $300 unemployment insuranceDecember 21, 2020
The House of Representatives is set to vote on athat that will jointly fund the government for a year and deliver a of $600 and for out-of-work Americans. Originally slated for a vote on Sunday, the vote slid to Monday while lawmakers tackled last-minute legal language and passed a stopgap bill to fund the government long enough to pass COVID-19 relief along with a yearly federal spending act.
“Congress has just reached an agreement,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted Sunday afternoon. “We will pass another rescue package ASAP. More help is on the way.”
“This emergency relief bill is an important initial step,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Sunday afternoon. “In 31 days, when , more help will be on the way.”
The said on Fox News Sunday. Pelosi described the direct payments as “worth up to $600 per adult and child, also ensuring that mixed-status families receive payments;” in other words, families where .is intended to go to the same recipients of the first stimulus check this year, Sen. John Barrasso
The The Washington Post, a distinction that keeps the amount more or less in line with the first check, though for a different overall total.appear not to expand the definition of , according to
It isn’t clear if the Senate would vote on Monday immediately after thewere to pass the House. Much could depend on the time of day voting would start and end.
When could a stimulus bill or package pass?
|House votes||Senate votes||President signs|
|Dec. 21||Dec. 21||Dec. 22|
|Dec. 21||Dec. 22||Dec. 22 (Trump signs same day)|
|Dec. 21||Dec. 22||Dec. 23|
A broader economic rescue bill, like the $2.2 trillion, is more likely to return to the table in early 2021, top US leaders have implied. It’s too soon to tell if that sweeping package would .
“We’re not leaving here without a COVID package. It’s not gonna happen. We’re gonna stay here until we get a COVID package,” McConnell said Dec. 15. “No matter how long it takes, we’ll be here.”
Why isn’t a $1,200 second stimulus check part of the bill?
A economists and everyday people have advocated for another direct payment.has had wide bipartisan support ever since the CARES Act passed. Over the last several months, everyone from President Donald Trump and to members of Congress,
Last week, Trump called for “more money than they’re talking about” in stimulus checks, as large as $1,200 or $2,000 per person. Aides reportedly convinced him that making such demands would jeopardize a stimulus bill, The Washington Post reported.
Although many favor a $1,200 direct payment in theory, a second smaller stimulus check is seen as one way to keep costs below the $1 trillion cutoff that Republican lawmakers have in the past said they’d support.
Stimulus checks aren’t cheap. The IRS said this summer that it had spent $270 billion sending out 160 million checks, and on Monday, Sen. Mitt Romney, a Republican who has been involved in crafting the bipartisan stimulus proposal, forecast a cost of $300 billion if the checks were once again included for $1,200 per person. Republicans reportedly bridled at the cost.
A variety of factors could have contributed to a second stimulus check making its way into the final bill at all, from popular opinion and presidential preference to that complicated bipartisan rejiggering mentioned above that freed up $160 billion, enough for a smaller stimulus check than before.
How quickly could stimulus package aid go out?
First, the stimulus bill would need to pass the House and Senate. If both chambers are working together on a deal now, there’s a good chance that would happen. Next, Trump would need to sign the rescue bill into law. After that, aid would likely begin to go out within a week or two, with certain groups possibly receiving financial help before the end of 2020.
If a bill does pass that includes a direct payment, here’s.
Could there be yet another stimulus bill in 2021?
Biden, McConnell and others have repeatedly described this December legislation as emergency relief instead of a sweeping economic stimulus package, and have committed to another stimulus bill in 2021.
“It’s a down payment,” Biden said Dec. 16. “An important down payment on what’s going to have to be done at the end of January and into February. But it’s very important to get done.”
Here’s everything we know right now about the.
For more information about stimulus checks, here’s, , and what to know about the stimulus bill proposals that could help inform a final package.