Today, we know a bit more about when acould arrive. For weeks now, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has focused on July as the month the Senate will consider whether to start work on a second economic relief package. Yesterday, at a meeting in Kentucky, the senator seemed to tip his hand about what that decision might be.
“This is July,” McConnell said yesterday, “So I would predict in the next couple of weeks, if there’s a new rescue package — and I’m pretty sure there will be — I’ll be unveiling another one (our emphasis.)”
Now when exactly in July thatrescue bill will pass is another matter. First, there’s the 10 business days the Senate is not in session this month, due to the current two-week recess that senators are now in their home states. Then, there’s an August recess, giving Congress a compressed schedule to work with if it’s to pass another bill that includes more direct checks.
Looking at these dates gives us an idea of time when Congress could approve— and when the IRS could send the first batch of new checks. Read on for what we know.
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Stimulus check timeline: These are the dates that matter
McConnell has been unwavering in his July timetable for making a decision on the next stimulus bill and by extension, if that contains another stimulus check. In a June 30 briefing, McConnell promised to “stay on the schedule that I announced earlier in the year.” He has also warned that the next relief package will also be the last.
If the Senate sticks to that goal, it’s possible to tease out the basic timeframe Congress has to work with if another rescue bill containing checks is to get approved.
July 3 to July 17: The Senate is currently on a planned recess from Friday, July 3, through Friday, July 17, returning to work on Monday, July 20. Including weekends, that’s a 17 day hiatus between the last day in session and the first day of the new session.
According to Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri, members of the Senate will use the July break to collect the information they need for a secondpackage and then return ready to work. “I think the timing is going to be just about right for us to know what we need to know for a package that moves us into August, September and October,” Blunt said on June 30.
July 20 to Aug. 7: The Senate will be in session for three work weeks, until Friday, Aug. 7. That gives the Senate 15 working days (not including weekends) to debate a bill before its next summer recess.
Aug. 10 to Sept. 7: The Senate will be on its August recess, which lasts through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7). There are 32 days from the last date of the Senate session (Aug. 7) until the first day of the following session (Sept. 8). The Senate won’t work through the August break, McConnell said June 30.
If the Senate does take up a second stimulus package in July, a new bill authorizing the checks would need to pass both chambers on or before Friday, Aug. 7, to get through prior to the Senate’s August break.
Sept. 8 to Sept. 25: The Senate is back in session. If Congress doesn’t complete the stimulus package by the start of the August break, it would need to resume in September.
When could the IRS send a second stimulus payment?
If the House and Senate do give a second round of stimulus checks the green light, it’s not out of the question that the checks could start to be sent out by the IRS in August.
For reference, the president signed the CARES Act into law on March 27 and the first stimulus payments went out less than three weeks later, on April 15.
For the purpose of speculation only, let’s say that a new stimulus act becomes law on Friday, Aug. 7. Following the CARES Act timeline, the first checks could go out by Aug. 26.
It’s plausible, however, that the IRS could move even faster to send out the, since it already has the mechanism in place from the first batch, including a tool for people to and .
Factors like how many people would qualify for a payment the second time around could play a role in slowing down or speeding up this timeline.
What’s the final date I could receive a second stimulus check?
While we don’t know anything official — and won’t until another rescue package is official — we can draw on the experience of the first stimulus checks as a potential blueprint. The IRS will have sent about 200 million checks by the time it’s done distributing payments. (The total US population is nearly 330 million people, according to the Census Bureau.)
At the beginning of June, the House Ways and Means Committee estimated (PDF) as many as 35 million Americans could still be owed a payment. The IRS will continue to disburse the final batches through the end of the year. If there are, however, it’s possible that it won’t take as long to send a second round of checks.
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Do we still need a second stimulus check? The unemployment debate heats up
Is a second stimulus check necessary? That question is at the heart of this debate.
“The path forward for the economy remains extraordinarily uncertain and will depend in large part on our success in,” said Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell during House testimony at the end of June. “The path forward will also depend on policy actions taken at all levels of government to provide relief and to support the recovery for as long as needed.”
Weekly jobless claims continue to show a US economy struggling to find its footing. For the week ending June 27, 1.42 million workers filed first-time jobless claims, making 15 straight weeks new claims were over 1 million, the Labor Department reported (PDF). Initial claims were down slightly from the 1.48 million of the week before.
A June study (PDF) by the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University advanced that without the stimulus money, America’s poverty level could have spiked from 12.5% before the pandemic to 16.3% today.
The center predicted, “If high unemployment rates persist beyond July 2020, additional income support will be needed” to keep poverty from soaring during the. The study also notes the categories of people who aren’t eligible to receive the funds authorized by the CARES Act and that some eligible families are facing roadblocks receiving their benefits. The keeping some afloat are set to .
What will it take to get a second stimulus check and what happens now?
The passage of a second round of IRS payments appears to depend on two things:and if lawmakers believe a direct payment to millions of people is the best way to respond to the .
For now, we wait till the Senate returns from its July recess to take up the next stimulus package. To receive a second check, the proposed rescue package would need to pass both the House and the Senate before receiving a signature from the president. Only then could it take effect.
After that, the IRS now has a system in place to organize and distribute those checks. But it could still be weeks more before you receive a payment.
We’ll continue to update this story with new information as it arises. While the future of a second stimulus bill remains undecided, we’ll share available resources aboutand , , and and how to .