Although the vote count has not ended and Trump is contesting the validity of the results of the 2020 election, unless there is a recount victory, Donald Trump will leave the oval office in January. Could there be a second stimulus check before then?
According to Newsweek, with Republicans still in control of the Senate, Democrats in control of the House, and a new administration on the horizon, it could still be complicated for all sides to reach an agreement before January.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration officials spent months trying to iron out differences and strike a deal regarding a new relief bill. They were finally able to agree on the final price tag, but other issues, including Covid-19 testing funds and unemployment benefits, remained unsolved.
A second stimulus check was, however, one thing they all agreed on, and if the bill did materialize, the amount and the eligibility terms would probably have resembled the first round, though the age limit for dependants and the inclusion of taxpayers filing with an ITIN were changes that were being analyzed.
But, an acceptance of stimulus checks doesn’t mean much if there is no agreement on a broader package.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants another relief package, but a promising October jobs report supports his idea of a more targeted approach.
Pelosi, on the other hand, told reporters on Friday a smaller package doe not appeal to her at all.
"For us now, the fact that we have the president of the United States to speak to the American people in these terms is such an advantage for us to be able to work together in a bipartisan way rather than the Republicans mischaracterizing what we're trying to do in the Congress of the United States," Pelosi said.
The Senate has already returned to Capitol Hill and the House will be back next week, and McConnell called the pandemic "job one" on Wednesday.
Though technically speaking, there is enough time for legislators to pass a relief package before the inauguration on January 20, it remains to be seen if a split Congress and a lame-duck president are able to finally reach an agreement that would help millions of Americans who are struggling to stay afloat, while Trump is still in the White House.