Deal for $1,200 stimulus checks could be reached in just FIVE DAYS when Congress returns from recess

CONGRESS could reach a deal on sending Americans $1,200 stimulus checks when lawmakers return to Washington in just five days.

Democrats and Republicans might strike an agreement starting on September 8, which is the day they return from their summer recess.

Congressional lawmakers have been criticized by those who say the break was inappropriate – given the number of Americans who are continuing to go without paychecks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Congress adjourned for summer break at the beginning of August without reaching an agreement.

“Hopefully Mitch will enter new legislation next week,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News on Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has said that closed-door negotiations over stimulus checks have stalled because liberals have demanded funding for non-COVID-related issues.

If the Senate passes a new relief bill on September 11, the House passes it on September 16, and the president signs it on September 17, the first checks could possibly be distributed on the week of September 28.

Speaking at a House subcommittee hearing, Representative James Clyburn said Tuesday: "Additional economic stimulus is urgently needed.

"As the pandemic drags on, states, cities, and businesses are warning that more layoffs may be coming."

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said President Donald Trump is the "only one" making moves to get financial relief to American people amid the ongoing pandemic.

Meadows slammed Democrats on Capitol Hill who he said "failed to come together on anything that would address … enhanced unemployment [and] eviction protections," during an August 24 interview with CBS This Morning.

Last week, the IRS announced that it would be sending out 50,000 "catch up" stimulus checks next month to some Americans who did not receive the payment earlier this year.

House Democrats passed the $3trillion Heroes Act in May, but Senate Republicans countered with a much smaller $1trillion package in August.

And both packages did include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks for eligible Americans.

However, Democrats and Republicans have not been able to come to an agreement about how to move forward on several aspects of a relief package – with both sides blaming the other for stalling the bill.

Meanwhile, the White House has said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is "standing in the way" of $1,200 stimulus checks and coronavirus relief.

But if Congress agrees on a deal and the $1,200 coronavirus relief checks could be agreed upon by Congress, they can be sent out at the end of the month to qualified taxpayers.

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