STIMULUS CHECKS

Second Stimulus Check: how long will we have to wait to receive payment

Congress went on summer recess earlier in the month without a formal agreement on a coronavirus relief package that, among other measures, will likely include a second round of stimulus payments.

Second Stimulus Check: how long will we have to wait to receive payment

Both Republicans and Democrats remain deadlocked over the details of a fifth stimulus package to bolster the US economy amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. There seems to be little scope of a quick resolution to the issue with Democrats standing firm in their demands for the financial content of a new deal while the administration of President Donald Trump proposes increasingly watered-down versions to try and trim the overall cost to the federal financial situation.

US Congress adjourned for the August recess on Monday 10th and now will not return until after Labor Day on 7 September. It means that with no deal on the table for a new Coronavirus relief package, Americans face a wait for a second $1,200 stimulus check.

Nancy Pelosi weekly press conference in Washington27 August 2020, US, Washington: US House Speaker Nancy pelosi speaks during her weekly press conference.

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Late September?

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters on aboard Air Force One as he returns from New Hampshire to Washington, U.SU.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters on aboard Air Force One as he returns from New Hampshire to Washington, U.S August 28, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The earliest that a deal could be struck will be after Congress returns from vacation on 8 September but even then, it's unlikely that anything will happen immediately. The House of Representatives is not due to reconvene for voting until 14 September although members will remain on stand-by to return to Washington at 24-hours’ notice in the remote scenario that a deal on new stimulus legislation is struck. For any new bill to be passed, members are required to cast their vote in person and so would have to be recalled from vacation. Looking ahead to a potential agreement and subsequent payment, the earliest feasible and most optimistic date when beneficiaries would see money arriving in accounts would be 23 September.

No defined date

Both the Republican HEALS Act proposal and the Democrat-led HEROES Act make provisions for a second tranche of individual $1,200 payments to be made but with a political impasse among senior officials ongoing, there is no definitive established set time-frame for another round of checks.

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