If you were worried that Congress would put the kibosh on another said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “Direct payments to help families keep driving our . Helping to create more American jobs is an urgent moral priority.”relief payment, you can relax: a is all but guaranteed. “We want another round of direct payments,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
During his remarks, the Senator didn’t discussor how big a stimulus check he will propose sending to Americans. Both are questions White House advisers and Congressional leaders have yet to work out over the the next few weeks. While some in Washington — including President Donald Trump — are pushing for a big cash amount, others are looking for a smaller payout to keep the size of the overall bill down.
The first step is for the Senate and House to agree how much the total package is worth, proposals for which span from $1 trillion to $3 trillion. Only then can Congress debate what percentage of the package goes to a second IRS payment.
Read on for the different proposals for the size of the next stimulus check. This story updates often in light of developments.
What the size of a second stimulus check could be
Leaders in Washington have suggested a wide range of figures for qualifying individuals.
- No stimulus check. A payroll tax cut, proposed by Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials, that would allow workers to keep more of their paychecks. The president has insisted a payroll tax must be part of the second rescue package, according to The Washington Post.
- No stimulus check. Congress could focus its stimulus efforts on tax breaks for businesses instead, as a way to boost US job numbers.
- Less than $1,200. Suggested by Larry Kudlow, the White House economic advisor, on July 10.
- A $1,200 maximum single payment for individuals. Proposed by the Heroes Act passed by the House of Representatives. (This is not law. More below.)
- More money for individuals than the Heroes Act proposes, as referenced by Trump on July 1.
- $2,000 a month “Emergency Money” payment until the economy recovers. Proposed by a collection of more than 150 economists from policy institutes and universities.
- A $2,000 monthly payment through the end of the pandemic and for three months after. Proposed by Sen. Kamala Harris.
- $2,000 a month for up to 12 months. Proposed by Rep. Ro Khanna.
- A $4,000 temporary travel tax credit (PDF). Proposed by the US Travel Association, after Trump embraced the idea in May. Sen. Martha McSally took the idea further and proposed a bill (PDF) that would give couples an $8,000 tax credit to cover travel expenses plus $500 for each qualifying child.
As with the first stimulus check, it’s almost certain that Congress will includebased on how much money you make annually, your age, the number of dependents you have and your US citizenship or residency status.
What if the second stimulus payment is smaller than the first?
A second stimulus payment won’t be as much as the first, Kudlow said July 10. That aligns with statements from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who’s indicated that the next stimulus package will have a $1 trillion cap.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, has made her disagreement clear.
“A trillion dollars is … an interesting starting point, but it doesn’t come anywhere near,” Pelosi said July 9. “We need $1 trillion for state and local [assistance]. We need another $1 trillion for and direct payments. We need something like that, but probably not as much, for the , , treatment,” she said. “What doesn’t measure up is, ‘Oh, it can only be a trillion dollars.'”
McConnell had previously stressed that the focus of another bill will be narrow and, if approved, will be the last -related rescue package. Republican senators are focused on including incentives to bring people back to work. The final total is anything but decided.
The White House wants a larger second stimulus check
The president has, over the past several weeks, come out as a firm advocate of a second round of direct payment to Americans.
“I support actually larger numbers than the Democrats,” Trump said July 1, referring to the $1,200-per-person amount the Democrat-led House proposed in May. The Washington Post reported in June that the president has told aides he is largely supportive of sending a second round of checks to Americans.
Kudlow echoed the president’s support, telling Fox Business this month, “Direct checks are probably going to be part of it, as far as the president is concerned right now.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also expressed support, telling reporters at a White House briefing, “We’re going to serious[ly] consider whether we’re going to put more payments and direct payments over. It worked very well.”
The Chair of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell made the case for more stimulus money in prepared remarks before the House committee on Financial Services on June 30. “A full [economic] recovery is unlikely until people are confident that it is safe to re-engage in a broad range of activities,” Powell said. “The path forward will also depend on the policy actions taken at all levels of government to provide relief and to support the recovery for as long as needed.”
Could more Americans qualify for another direct payment?
The House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act on May 15. The bill, which has not passed the Senate and is not law, seeks larger payments for more family members, according to a fact sheet from the House Appropriations Committee (PDF). McConnell has already dismissed the bill, as has the president, who has called it DOA. Here are the broad outlines of the House bill:
- Individuals: An eligible person could receive up to $1,200.
- Children and dependents: Each dependent could qualify for a $1,200 payment.
- Families: Households would qualify for a maximum payment of $6,000 total, capped at five family members at $1,200 apiece.
- People who aren’t US citizens: Noncitizens who file tax returns, pay taxes and otherwise comply with federal tax law using an individual taxpayer identification number instead of a Social Security number would qualify for a payment.
The bill would also extend.
How long will we wait for a stimulus check decision?
The Senate has now returned to Washington anduntil Aug. 7 to pass another stimulus bill before a month-long recess.
If you’re still waiting for your first, and or has fallen through the cracks.