The Senate majority leader is drawing ire from lawmakers as many seek to boost direct relief payments.
The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department have started to send the money approved by Congress and signed off by the president, as lawmakers continue to wrangle over whether payments should be boosted.
The maximum amount, which could go up if the Senate votes to pass higher payments, declines incrementally compared to how much people earn over certain thresholds.
The Senate majority leader is facing a push to facilitate direct payments being boosted from $600 to $2,000, with the House having passed a measure backing such a move.
The president has pushed for higher direct payments, with this issue having in part contributed to his delay in signing the latest relief legislation.
A push to increase the relief payments from $600 to $2,000 is expected to be backed in the House but its path through the Senate is uncertain.
The former White House chief of staff said the president was expressing his displeasure with the bill and that "Congress is broken."
The congressional battle over $2,000 stimulus checks is a sign of the struggles that may be ahead for a Biden Administration.
The president continues to dispute the election outcome despite having failed to substantiate claims of irregularities on a scale that could alter the result.
The president signed a bill authorizing up to $600 payments on Sunday, to aid those suffering financial difficulties amid the pandemic.
The president has continued to push against Joe Biden's victory, although his avenues to overturn the outcome have narrowed.
Polling has shown there was support for payments to be higher than the amount agreed, with public opinion suggesting the $600 figure is too little.
The Vermont senator has said he will call for more relief when Joe Biden enters the White House and the Senate is back in session next month.
Powell is reported to have met with the president recently, though his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has again moved to put distance between them.
The Democrat challenger has previously criticized incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) over the delay in a relief package being signed off.
The new relief agreement comes nearly nine months after the last package, the CARES Act, was signed.
They will face having oversight of a number of sensitive investigations, with the task of making the Justice Department act and appear to act without bias.
The incumbent Republican senators are facing criticism from their rivals over the delay in further COVID-19 relief.
Discussions over a further relief package have been described as productive, with speculation having mounted that a further round of direct payments will be included in any such deal.
The governor has come under fire following the election, with the state's result having gone in Joe Biden's favor.
The Senate majority leader has congratulated Joe Biden, prompting the ire of President Donald Trump as he continues to rally against the election outcome.
It is nearly nine months since the last relief package including Economic Impact Payments was signed off.
The shutdown casino in Atlantic City is scheduled to be dynamited on January 29, with the opportunity to be involved in this up for auction.
The two Senate races remain tight, with their outcomes set to determine which party has control in the upper chamber of Congress.
The congresswoman-elect criticized Nancy Pelosi's announcement that lawmakers will not be recognized to speak in the House if they are not wearing a mask.
While lawmakers wrangle over a fresh relief package and the prospect of a second stimulus payment, some Americans are still waiting for their first check.
The Senate majority leader congratulated Joe Biden in a speech on Tuesday despite President Donald Trump's continued push against the election outcome.