$600 Covid Checks are In the Mail, McConnell Blocks Increase to $2,000

Mish

The Treasury Secretary says checks are on the way. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a move to up the checks to $2,000.

$600 Stimulus Payments Start Tonight

Paper checks will begin to be mailed tomorrow. Later this week, you can check the status of your payment at the IRS site Get My Payment.  

Unprecedented Speed

The US Treasury issued this Press Release.

Today, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service will begin delivering a second round of Economic Impact Payments to millions of Americans as part of the implementation of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. The initial direct deposit payments may begin arriving as early as tonight for some and will continue into next week. Paper checks will begin to be mailed tomorrow, Wednesday, December 30. This second round of payments will provide critical economic support to those who, through no fault of their own, have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Treasury and the IRS are working with unprecedented speed to issue a second round of Economic Impact Payments to eligible Americans and their families,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “These payments are an integral part of our commitment to providing vital additional economic relief to the American people during this unprecedented time.”

This second round of payments will be distributed automatically, with no action required for eligible individuals. 

Upping to $2,000 is Unlikely

The Wall Street Journal reports McConnell Blocks Vote on Bigger Stimulus Checks

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to derail efforts to quickly pass larger stimulus checks for many Americans, blocking Democrats’ call for a stand-alone vote on the payments sought by President Trump but opposed by most Republicans.  

The Kentucky Republican said the Senate would address Mr. Trump’s demands to boost the size of the checks to $2,000 from $600, but tie them to two other of the president’s concerns that lack bipartisan support: changes to online-speech rules and his complaints about purported election fraud. He took steps to put all three items into one bill, without scheduling a vote.

“This week the Senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus,” Mr. McConnell said.

Democrats said Mr. McConnell’s decision to attach the checks to contentious issues was designed to sink the effort for bigger payments.

Such a bill “will not pass the House and cannot become law—any move like this by Sen. McConnell would be a blatant attempt to deprive Americans of a $2,000 survival check,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.).

Smart Move by McConnell 

McConnell lumped all of Trump's "demands" into one package in a way neither the House nor Senate will approve the bill. 

Thus, McConnell gives Trump the vote Trump wants but in a way that Democrats or Republicans or both will kill it, possibly by debating it to death.

Curiously, McConnell's maneuver is similar to a pocket veto option that Trump had in play on the $600 checks.

The kill date is Noon on January 6. All pending legislation dies because Congress adjourns.

Mish

Comments (46)
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Jojo
Jojo

I'm going to send Mitch a note when I get my check:

Thanks for the tires!

LawrenceBird
LawrenceBird

The two Dems running in Georgia should start running ads of Mitch refusing an up or down vote and tie their opponents to him.

ROGO1
ROGO1

Black & White Trumpism shake up!
On January 5, 2021 the two new seats won by Jon Ossoff & Raphael Warnock in another victorious dismantling of Trumpism starts the mending of the lost global respect of our unUnited States caused by Trump and his Kool aid drinking media enablers like shitweasels Bullitt Bartifomo, Hatchet head Hannity, Rush Lamebaugh & political enablers that have their moral compass setting impaired, The gig is up and the silent majority has been woken and will continue to prevail or our future as economic superpower will undoubtedly fail with the current divisiveness!..

AshH
AshH

Dems should pass Mitch's bill.

  1. $2k checks

  2. Without 230, Twitter would drop Trump faster than a Newsmax Dominion retraction.

  3. Set up a closed door panel to investigate alleged election fraud and conclude that there is no credible evidence of any fraud that would have changed the election.

Looks like a loser trifecta for Trump to me. Guess he's not tired of losing in increasingly spectacular ways.

ROGO1
ROGO1

As one of the first to receive this $600 slap in the face, it only validates the ignorance of Trumpism & Repulican'ts! I spend 10 hours six days a week packing food for the many hungary, homeless & tired of BS crony Trumpism!.

AshH
AshH

FWIW:

My household didn't lose any income this year.

I can't spend a stimulus check on a business that is closed.

We will likely be donating our stimulus check to our local food bank, whether it's $600 or $2k per person.

jacob_zuma
jacob_zuma

Well, Democratic senators are in the lead now in Georgia after Mitch's move. So you might end up with those $2000 checks after all, just not with republicans in control of the senate.

jacob_zuma
jacob_zuma

So apparently the Dem candidates are now in the lead in Georgia, following Mitch's move. Can't really see how smart this move is if it leads to republicans losing the senate, since that would mean the $2000 will likely get passed eventually.

Johnson1
Johnson1

Putin is reaching out to Biden and hopes to have better relations than with Trump.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has written to US President-elect Joe Biden to wish him a happy new year, and expressed confidence that they would soon work together to build improved relations “in the spirit of equality.”

Former Vice President Biden will be sworn in as president on January 20, replacing Trump in the White House. During the latter’s four-year-term, the Washington-Moscow relationship has deteriorated significantly, and the Kremlin is keen to improve cooperation between the two capitals

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Game, set, match. Trump is done....too bad the $2K checks are gonna get killed, but I expect there will be more helicopter money before this is done.

Sechel
Sechel

At the end of the day Republicns want a weak 2021 economy now that a Democrat is in the white house.

njbr
njbr

...“Treasury and the IRS are working with unprecedented speed to issue a second round of Economic Impact Payments to eligible Americans and their families,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin....

You know what needs to be done at unprecedented speed?

The vaccine.

Right now.

NBC News...Operation Warp Speed at a crawl: Adequately vaccinating Americans will take 10 years at current pace...

Our president says, "Not my problem".

njbr
njbr

As a result of the new more-transmissible variant in Britain, 3/4 of their population, as of this morning, have been placed into Tier 4 lockdown.

This is where the phrase "hair on fire" with respect to vaccines and prevention measures apply.

If you haven't figured out yet, as goes the covid, there goes the economy.

JoeJohnson
JoeJohnson

Where do Joe Manchin and Susan Collins stand on 3rd stimulus? Georgia races are now a tossup especially after the McConnell fiasco. Majority Leader Schumer in a few weeks?

njbr
njbr

Now Ireland...

Ireland's premier Micheal Martin has announced that the country "must return to full-scale Level 5 restrictions for at least one month"

inonothing
inonothing

$600 is equivalent to 30 Big Mac Value Meals Go Large. What a treat!


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