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Second stimulus check: when will the check arrive?

President Donald Trump finally signed the long-awaited $2.3 trillion pandemic aid bill to help bolster economic recovery and restore unemployment benefits to millions of Americans.

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(FILES) In this file photo US President Donald Trump departs the White House in Washington, DC, on December 12, 2020. - After nearly a week's delay and under pressure from all sides, President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill D
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In a sudden reversal late on Sunday, Donald Trump signed into law a $2.3 trillion pandemic aid and spending package, restoring unemployment benefits to millions of Americans and providing funds to keep government agencies running.

Trump, who leaves office on Jan. 20 after losing November's election to President-elect Joe Biden, retreated from his threat to block the bill, which was approved by Congress last week, after he came under pressure from lawmakers on both sides.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald TrumpKevin LamarqueREUTERS

The Republican president, who golfed on Sunday and remained out of public view even as a government crisis loomed, had last week called the bill a "disgrace" and demanded Congress change it to boost stimulus payments for struggling Americans from $600 to $2,000 while also cutting other spending.

It was unclear why Trump, who has refused to concede defeat to Biden, changed his mind on the stimulus package. His surprise, last-minute resistance had threatened to inject further chaos into the final stretch of his presidency.

Stimulus payment due date? 

Whatever the final amount ends up being, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be expected to get the second round of stimulus checks out quickly, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has recently stated.

FILED - 16 March 2017, Berlin: United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin
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FILED - 16 March 2017, Berlin: United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven MnuchinDPA vía Europa PressDPA vía Europa Press

Speaking to CNBC’s Jim Cramer last Monday, Mnuchin said checks will start going out by direct deposit within "one week" of the scheme being given the go-ahead. "The good news is, this is a very, very fast way of getting money into the economy and […] let me emphasize that people are going to see this money at the beginning of next week," he said.

The overwhelming majority of recipients will get their money by direct deposit, though: the method accounted for some 120 million of the approximately 160 million CARES Act checks sent out, the Treasury Department said earlier this year.

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