LAWMAKERS have gone on summer recess – prompting a huge slowdown to the second round of $1,200 stimulus checks.
And now, a deal may not be reached until October because the Senate adjourned on Thursday and the Senate have left Washington, D.C. – without finalizing a package.
“We will have our regular pro forma meetings through the end of the state work period," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, according to Forbes.
“If the Speaker of the House and the minority leader of the Senate decide to finally let another package move forward, it would take bipartisan consent to meet for legislative business sooner than scheduled."
The Senate will get back to work on September 8 and The House of Representatives on September 14.
September 8 would likely be the earliest a stimulus deal would be made.
Members of Congress are needed to vote on a stimulus package in person.
Democrats and Republicans have not yet come to an agreement on a package because they've had difficulty seeing eye to eye on state and local funding, liability protection, unemployment benefits, and school funding.
When Republican Senator Pat Roberts was questioned by CNN on Thursday about the possibility of a bill being passed before next month, he said: "An actual law?
"I don't know. Maybe that's too much to ask."
According to CNBC, Senator Roy Blunt suggested a pandemic relief legislation wouldn't happen until September 30.
The checks appear to be in jeopardy as the Senate left Washington DC on Thursday for summer recess without a relief deal.
The decision to vacate comes after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on certain terms of the relief package, meaning that the second round of stimulus checks is still pending approval.
The recess was technically supposed to begin earlier this week, but McConnell kept the chamber in session in a final attempt to get some sort of package passed.
As the Democrats and Republicans still butting heads, Senators argued there was little reason to remain in DC with no progress being made, according to The Hill.
If Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows can reach an agreement with Congressional Democrats and schedule a vote, Senators will get at least 24 hours to return, according to The Hill.
Otherwise, the Senate will reconvene on September 8.
Both parties are reportedly on board with sending eligible Americans another round of $1,200 stimulus checks, like the ones sent in March as part of the CARES package.
The website predicts that if a deal is reached by August 21, checks will be sent out by September 2.
If a deal is passed the next Monday, on August 24, checks could be sent by the week of September 14.
Meanwhile, President Trump has admitted he's holding up stimulus checks because he doesn't want Americans voting by mail, according to an interview with Fox News.
Trump said Thursday that he is blocking the $2trillion stimulus package put forth by Democrats because it allots $25billion in emergency funding to the US Postal Service, which he said was "election money" for mail-in ballots.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats have proposed a $3trillion stimulus package under the HEROES Act, which the speaker said was bringing money to areas impacted most by the COVID-19 crisis.
The Speaker said she and Democrats are willing to negotiate to a $2trillion package so long as Republicans are willing to spend $2trillion as well, up from their $1trillion package.
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