Sunday, January 17




How much is in the second check and when will it pass?

A second stimulus check will reportedly be part of the final stimulus bill in 2020 after all. Here’s what we know so far.

There are two new wrinkles facing a second stimulus check and when the final COVID-19 relief bill would pass. In the final sprint to bring a $900 billion stimulus package to a vote before the end of 2020, Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, asked the Senate to vote on Friday on a standalone bill that would authorize a second stimulus check of $1,200, with $500 per child dependent. At the same time, Congress faces a midnight deadline to pass a funding bill or the government may briefly shut down.

Hawley’s bill, called the Emergency Direct Payments for Families and Workers Act of 2020, echoes provisions in the CARES Act. It serves as a challenge to the current $900 billion bipartisan compromise bill under debate that is said to contain a second stimulus check of $600 maximum per adult, with $600 per dependent, regardless of their age.

The change to the definition of a dependent, if it comes to pass, would potentially include up to 15 million new people who would count toward an extra $600 apiece per household, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. However, a $600 cap for adults would lower the size of a second stimulus check for tens of millions of families.

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