Second stimulus check: Trump keen to invest $1 trillion
Bloomberg report that a second round of Economic Impact Payments from the IRS could materialise in July. The first round gave $1,200 to eligible individual taxpayers.
The first CARES Act saw millions of Americans receive economic aid during the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the HEROES Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives but was said by Republicans to be 'DOA, Dead on Arrival' when it reached the Senate, is still in the works.
Just under $260 billion was sent out in Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) across the States, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said in their most recent EIP figures.
#IRS has processed 159M Economic Impact Payments. Millions of people not required to file tax returns may also be eligible for payments and can easily register for them at https://t.co/FjXU7pGWeq pic.twitter.com/2Dbw84RK9M— IRS #COVIDreliefIRS (@IRSnews) June 5, 2020
HEROES Act: Dead on arrival?
It's anticipated that the HEROES Act will face an uphill battle to get through the GOP-controlled Senate in its current form, with both the White House and Senate Republicans branding it “dead on arrival” at the upper chamber.
What’s more, a fresh coronavirus relief package may not happen right away. Speaking last Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) said: "You could anticipate the decision being made on whether to go forward [with a stimulus bill] in about a month."
On Tuesday, Republican Senator Roy Blunt added: "My personal belief is we will do something before the August break - that's about the right timing." How successful the Democratic desire to have a clear focus on renewable energy within the package is, however, another question.
1 trillion dollars for coronavirus aid
Bloomberg however maintain that Trump administration officials are 'increasingly expected to spend up to $1 trillion in the next round of economic stimulus' despite no definitive decision yet taken by President Donald Trump.
Bloomberg claim that 'Trump has said he wants to include an infrastructure package and other measures in the next stimulus that would push spending beyond that amount' as the US President met with White House economic advisers Larry Kudlow and Kevin Hassett late Wednesday to discuss about the next round of stimulus checks.
Economy hit at levels equivalent to the Great Depression
A broad shutdown of the country in mid-March to contain the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has resulted in the worst unemployment since the Great Depression.
"The states may be opening back up, but the labor market is still closed for millions across America and the loss of the income and spending of those without jobs will be a considerable headwind for this economic recovery," said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in New York.
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