The federal government sent out $1,200 checks to working Americans earlier this year to help provide some relief in the midst of business closures and lockdowns stemming from concerns over COVID-19. Now, it looks like rumors that another chunk of change could be on the way have been confirmed.
President Donald Trump signaled Monday that he is in favor of providing a second round of relief checks to the American people — and he indicated that action on that front could be coming as soon as “the next couple of weeks,” Breitbart reported.
“Another stimulus package”
The president’s remarks on the second round of checks came during an interview at the White House with Scripps correspondent Joe St. George, who noted that many Americans have already spent the first check they received, but are still “struggling economically” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asked if the White House would be pushing for further relief for Americans, Trump replied: “Yeah. We are. We are.”
“We will be doing another stimulus package,” Trump added, according to Breitbart. “It’ll be very good. It’ll be very generous.”
It remains unclear what amount Americans can expect to receive. Asked by St. George, Trump said: “You’ll find out about it.”
It’s also unclear when exactly those checks could come. When pressed on a time frame by St. George, the president replied, “I think over the next — I think it’s going to be bipartisan. I think it’s going to be over the next couple of weeks, probably,” he added, according to Breitbart. Take a look:
VIDEO: President Trump commits to 2nd stimulus. He says details would be announced in the coming weeks. The President would not tell me how much of a check Americans will receive. pic.twitter.com/Abd5E8P3Au
— Joe St. George (@JoeStGeorge) June 22, 2020
Citing three unnamed “people aware of internal administration deliberations,” The Washington Post first reported Tuesday that Trump and some of his advisers had expressed support for another round of checks. Still, the Post said other White House staffers, like top economic adviser Larry Kudlow, are opposed to such an expenditure at this point, particularly as the economy has already begun to show signs of improvement.
Democrats, for their part, are on board with the idea of cash payments, and the Post suggested that many House Republicans could be convinced to go along with it as well, particularly in exchange for an end or reduction to the additional $600 per week that has been tacked on to unemployment checks since the pandemic began.
Senate Republicans, on the other hand, could prove to be a more difficult sell. According to the Post, some have already expressed concern over the $300 billion price tag of the first round of checks and aren’t thrilled about further spending.
Odds are, though, that the bizarre consensus between President Trump and Democrats will be able to overcome the opposition and make another round of relief checks a reality for Americans. And with more than 40 million unemployment applications in the books since the pandemic began, it would certainly be a big help to many.