Talks over ahave entered their second week with no resolution in sight. When will negotiators reach an agreement so you can get ? According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the IRS could send the initial batch of checks faster than the , as long as .
“I could have them out immediately,” Mnuchin said on Sunday. “If I could get [the next stimulus bill] passed tomorrow, I could start printing them the following week.”
Those are encouraging words for thewho are counting on these checks to help provide for basic needs. However, lawmakers are facing a stalemate on key facets in the Republican-backed , particularly . If a decision isn’t reached by Aug. 7, which is the Senate’s last day before a scheduled monthlong recess, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could delay their respective August recesses until the bill is passed.
What’s the bottom line, and who could get their checks first? Read on for all we know right now, based on the current negotiations. This story is updated frequently.
When the IRS could send the next stimulus checks
The Senate’s last day in session before its August recess is Aug. 7, which means Congress has to agree on abefore then if it keeps to its planned schedule (which could change). After that, senators are scheduled to return to their home states until the next session picks up again Sept. 8. However, we do know that McConnell and Pelosi have the power to push back the recess and keep senators in Washington longer if needed.
With Mnuchin’s promise of sending the first checks within a week after the bill passes, we have an idea how long it’ll take from the time the bill is signed into law to the time the IRS sends checks. For reference we have the timeline set by theto send checks. Keep reading for how checks could arrive sooner.
When could the second stimulus checks go out?
|Date passed by Senate||Date passed by House||Date signed||First checks sent|
|Original CARES Act||March 25||March 26||March 27||April 15|
|Proposal date||Negotiations begin||Negotiation time before deadline||Proposed deadline to pass a bill|
|HEALS Act||July 27||July 27||7 to 9 days||Aug 7|
|If Senate passes||If House passes||If President signs||First checks could be sent|
|Final negotiated bill||Aug. 6||Aug. 7||Aug. 10||Week of Aug. 17|
|Sept. 8||Sept. 9||Sept. 10 or Sept. 11||Week of Sept. 21|
How would the new stimulus check arrive quicker than last time
We know that the HEALS Act will follow the stimulus check model of the CARES Act, with at least one significant difference. Here’s how that could get you a check sooner:
- HEALS Act guidelines stay mostly the same as those of the original CARES Act, which allows the IRS to follow its previous model.
- The IRS already built its Get My Payment tool for the dual purposes of payment and signing up for .
- Implementing this tool — and working out glitches — for the first round of checks took time that the IRS is unlikely to need to process a second check.
What would delay sending the next stimulus payments?
If Congress and President Donald Trump can’t agree on the provisions in the new stimulus bill and miss the Aug. 7 deadline, it would be another month before the next session starts and the Senate and the House can reconvene and propose, debate and pass the bill, unless the House and Senate delay the start of their August recess.
Both chambers of Congress and the president appear motivated to pass the bill before Aug. 7.
When’s the last date I would get the new stimulus check?
Once again, the schedule for the first stimulus checks can provide a potential roadmap, though there’s no official news until another rescue package is finalized.
The IRS will have sent about 200 million checks by the time it’s done distributing the first raft of payments. (The total US population is nearly 330 million people, according to the Census Bureau.)
The majority of those were sent by the beginning of June, though the IRS said it will continue to send payments through the end of the year.
Would this be the final stimulus check?
In May, McConnell said that this next coronavirus relief bill will also be the last. The course of COVID-19 infections will certainly play a role in future debates over the best way to bolster the economy. Coronavirus infections, with record numbers of infections rising in July.
However, the White House might try to squeeze in one more stimulus check before November. “There is likely going to be another round of stimulus come the fall,” said Kevin Cirilli, Bloomberg News’ lead Washington correspondent, said on July 27. “The president sees this [current HEALS Act stimulus package] as not his last economic pitch ahead of the election.”
How can you get more help?
If you’re still waiting on the first round of coronavirus payments, you can, learn and find possible .
Here are even more resources aboutand , , and , and how to .
Julie Snyder contributed to this report.