THERE is new hope for a second round of stimulus checks as early as January as Amy Klobuchar said a new deal should be passed "in the next few weeks".
The Democratic Senator said she’s been involved in fresh stimulus negotiations between GOP members and Dems, and believes a bipartisan agreement will likely come after the Thanksgiving holiday.
“I think that it should get done in the next few weeks. I don’t think we should go home at the end of the year without getting it done. I don’t plan it,” Klobuchar told local news Kare 11.
Klobuchar said the deal would likely come after the Thanksgiving holidays due to the time it typically takes to get legislation through the Senate.
The 60-year-old Senator also blamed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for a stall in talks over his refusal to bring the HEROES Act passed by the House of Representatives onto the Senate floor for a vote.
“For a long time, Mitch McConnell has blocked the Heroes Act, which passed the House, from coming to the [Senate] floor,” she said.
“The good news I have is that the negotiations have started up again. I have been part of some of them, and I think we’re going to pass something in the next few weeks.”
Klobuchar’s remarks come after Senator Chuck Schumer delivered his own optimistic assertion on Thursday, that there is fresh hope for a second round of stimulus check thanks to a “breakthrough”.
Schumer told reporters that McConnell had agreed to enter into another round of stimulus negotiations, saying the GOP is “eager for a deal” and added that “he wants a stimulus bill don’t as soon as possible”.
After Schumer’s optimistic remarks, Republicans slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and said she is the only “roadblock” causing a delay in a Covid relief bill and stimulus checks.
Speaking during a Thursday press conference, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized the 80-year-old politician as many Americans have been banking on a second round of stimulus checks.
“Thing are still at the same place. There’s one roadblock,” McCarthy told his audience.
“There’s one big wall that’s stopped this the entire time and it’s Speaker Pelosi.”
McCarthy blasted Pelosi the day after the United States coronavirus death toll reached a grim milestone of 250,000.
He added: “I would think after the politics she played and the election being over, that she’d now put the American public first.
“She still seems to be in the same position.”
Earlier this week, McConnell also had some words to say about the Dems as he spoke on the Senate floor.
“We still want to pass more coronavirus relief for the American people,” he said.
“Instead, our Democratic colleagues have spent months, literally months, holding all of that urgent help hostage over unrelated left-win wish-list items.”
On Tuesday, McConnell dismissed the Democrats HEROES Act as “unserious” and claimed the Dems plan is so flawed it was “condemned by the Speaker’s own moderate Democrats the instant she put it out."
“Huge tax cuts for rich people in blue states, but no second round of Paycheck Protection Program? Those are their priorities?” he added.
He continued his attack on the Democrat’s relief bill saying, “Another Democrat demand that’s blocked bipartisan aid: The fixation on massive slush fund for state & city govt’s unlinked from Covid need.
“Some states are taking in more tax revenue this fall than they did before the pandemic. It’s struggling families who need urgent help,” he said.
The Senate Majority Leader went on to claim Republicans have “tried for weeks” to pass another stimulus package.
"Republicans have tried for weeks to pass another targeted rescue package. It would send hundreds of billions of dollars to schools, unemployment aid, another round of the job-saving PPP, and healthcare.
“Democrats repeatedly blocked it all. Let’s hope they let us make law soon.”
Republicans and Democrats are negotiating a $2trillion package that includes $1,200 stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, small business aid, and state and local funding
However, the major issues that come in the way of an agreement have to do with education funding, money allocated toward state and local government, coronavirus testing and unemployment benefits.
All of the most significant stimulus programs featured in the CARES Act are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020.
Possible dates a second stimulus check could go out
These are the possible scenarios your second stimulus check could arrive if a relief bill is passed.
- If the House passes the final bill on Dec. 11, the Senate passes the bill on Dec. 12 and the president signs it into law on Dec. 13, then the first direct deposits will reach Americans the week of Dec. 28 – with paper checks arriving the week of Jan. 11
- If the House passes the final bill on Feb. 11, the Senate passes the bill on Feb. 2 and the president signs it into law on Feb. 3, then the first direct deposits will reach Americans the week of Feb. 8 – with paper checks arriving the week of Feb. 16.
- If the House passes the final bill on Mar. 1, the Senate passes the bill on Mar. 2 and the president signs it into law on Mar. 3, then the first direct deposits will reach Americans the week of Mar. 8 – with paper checks arriving the week of Mar. 15.
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