Federal stimulus control is preparing for discharge at the Philadelphia Financial Center on May 8th.
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Americans are unlikely to see $ 2,000 stimulus checks, and these direct payments of $ 600 may be further delayed.
House Republicans Thursday blocked an attempt by Democrats to transfer $ 2,000 checks, an amount that President Donald Trump called for Tuesday in a critique of the latest $ 900 billion stimulus bill.
Congress passed that measure Monday, and Trump has not yet signed it into law.
Democrats will try again to push the $ 2,000 check, but it is unclear whether the amount will garner enough Republican support. In a statement Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said she would hold a vote Monday and pressured Trump to end the Republican blockade of the measure.
“To vote against this bill is to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny them the emergency assistance they need,” she said.
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Although Democrats can not pass $ 2,000 checks, it is $ 600 Republicans and Democrats agreed the bill is still on the table. Individuals who earn up to $ 75,000, and couples who save up to $ 150,000 together will receive the full amount per. the bill text.
The $ 600 check has drawn criticism from many who say it is not enough to help families struggling in the midst of the pandemic – in most states the amount does not cover one month’s rent.
And because Trump has not yet signed the stimulus bill, those payments are likely to be delayed instead of going out as soon as next week, as Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin said this on Monday.
The timing of the delay in solidifying the Covid bill is grim. In just a few days million are set to lose unemployment benefits and a ban on deferral lapses.