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Second stimulus check: dates to have in mind before it arrives

Millions of Americans are still unemployed and they are waiting for Congress to approve the second stimulus check amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Second stimulus check: dates to have in mind before it arrives

Congress will return on 20 July after the Independence Day holiday and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been very open about a second stimulus relief package being approved by the end of this month. According to McConnell, negotiations between all parties have been going on and a new bill is soon to be approved.

Mitchell said that Republicans, Democrats and the White House have come together to draft a new bill to help Americans struggling during the coronavirus pandemic but the new stimulus relief package might be not be as generous as the CARES Act.

At first Republicans did not want to give a second check because they wanted to send people back to work and give them an incentive to do so. The United States has seen a spike in coronavirus cases since reopening the economy, a total of 3.5 million people in total have not tested positive, and they now feel a second round of payments in necessary.

Dates to have in account

Negotiations between parties have been going on to draft the fourth and final stimulus relief package. Republicans, Democrats and the White House will resume work next week but that doesn’t mean that they will come to an agreement by the end of the month. Here are some key dates to keep in mind when the Senate reconvenes.

20 July: The Senate returns after the Independence Day recess. The Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin revealed that as soon as they return they will start negotiations for the next economic relief package amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

31 July: Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the House of Representatives sets this date as the limit to reach an agreement with Congress about the second economic aid that Americans will receive.

7 August: This is the last day before the Senate takes the August recess, so if they don't reach an agreement for that second stimulus check, the wait would have to be delayed until September. It is expected that for these days there will already be a more defined proposal.