We are getting a second stimulus check. Senate leader says a second check will be a part of the next stimulus package. Republicans have not identified how much the payments should be or who should be eligible to receive them. They plan to release legislation in the coming days.
McConnell hopes to have obtained “fairly significant support” among Republicans before he begins talking with Democrats.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters on Capitol Hill that “we’re very early on in the negotiations and the discussions. … To put it in a football term, we’re on our own 20 yard line.”
He met with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in Pelosi’s office Tuesday, but they emerged with no public agreements. Meadows said they were all waiting on Senate Republicans to put forward a bill. Democrats chided the GOP for so far being unable to even agree among themselves on a plan.
But some areas of agreement are becoming clear.
There is support for continuing the enhanced unemployment payments that began earlier this year and are due to expire at the end of the month. The $600 payment, however, is expected to be whittled down.
Republicans are furious that people can receive more on unemployment than they did while working, and are determined to ensure that they don’t set up the same system moving forward.