For months, the nation has fixated on when awill bring more economic relief to families, and to a US economy that has been hammered by the . A appears to be days away from coming to a vote in Congress. But as it’s for less than half the overall funding commitment from the , top US leaders have vowed to bring another broad-strokes stimulus bill to the forefront in early 2021. Would that include a ?
“It’s a down payment,” President-elect Joe Biden said on Dec. 16 of the. “An important down payment, on what’s going to have to be done at the end of January and into February.”
If Congress authorizes aand a new, larger economic relief package follows in the early days of the , is there a chance Americans could see a third stimulus check in 2021?
The question of additional monetary relief to individuals comes at a time when over 8 million people have fallen to the poverty line since the summer, according to the Washington Post; when daily positive COVID-19 cases are overwhelming hospitals across the nation; and as the death toll rises. Theis currently being administered to and health care workers around the country, but officials say it will be many months before .
Below, we detail what we currently know about stimulus checks in 2021. This story is frequently updated with new information.
A $600 stimulus check could pass in 2020, but arrive in 2021
If another direct payment happens in 2020 as part of the COVID-19 bill, there’s a good chance the IRS and US Treasury could send this. But there’s also the very real possibility that many people won’t receive their payment until 2021.
It all depends on exactly when the bill is approved, how quickly the IRS could act and a range of other factors that could make youof the line.
Is a third stimulus check in 2021 also possible?
In theory yes, it’s possible to see another stimulus check in 2021. The ins and outs start getting complicated, but there are three essential things to think about.
First, there’s a tremendous support from both Republicans and Democrats for a second $1,200 stimulus check. The holdup has mostly been centered around resistance to certain elements within the overarching bill and the amount of spending overall, not necessarily the size of a stimulus check. The $600 reported sum is a compromise to get the bill passed in a short time.
Next, there’s precedent. In addition to current support, the fact that Democrats and Republicans agreed on a $1,200 sum earlier in 2020 makes it more likely to see them want to at least match that. A $600 check now would get the US halfway there.
Finally, a new government will be sworn in. A complicated and divisive runoff for two Senate seats in Georgia on Jan. 5 will decide if Republicans maintain control of the upper chamber or if Democrats will narrowly take control, through a 50-50 number of seats, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. The party in control also controls several key subcommittees, with the power to influences laws. Adepending on the makeup of the next Congress.
How much money could you see in a third stimulus check — $600, $1,200 or something else?
It’s too soon to say if a third stimulus check would make up the difference and match any $600 per person payment in 2021, or if lawmakers would advance a completely new $1,200 payment to follow in the footsteps of the first stimulus check approved in March as part of the CARES Act.
Much will depend on(see above) and what the new Biden administration sees as its goals in rehabilitating an economy weakened by the coronavirus pandemic. For now, we’re waiting to see what happens with the second stimulus check, while keeping an eye to early 2021.
For more information on stimulus checks, here’s how you mightor a . Here’s . And this is a primer on the and if and when it’s passed, based on key dates.