When Will $2,000 Stimulus Checks Be Sent Out if Senate Approves Bill?

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide Americans with $2,000 stimulus checks on Monday, more than trebling the size of the $600 direct payments provided under the $900 billion relief package passed in Congress last week.

Lawmakers passed the bill by a 275-134 split, with all but two Democrats voting in favor of the proposal, and 44 Republicans breaking with the bulk of their party to back the increase to the second round of direct payments.

The CASH Act is now in the hands of the Republican-controlled Senate, which could still decide to break with President Donald Trump and kill the proposal altogether. However, it is expected that Democrats in the upper chamber will attempt to force a vote on the bill this week.

In the meantime, many Americans struggling with unemployment and mounting personal debts will be wondering when they might expect to receive a $2,000 stimulus check, should the Senate choose to back the bill.

When Will Stimulus Checks Arrive?

At the moment, it is unclear when the second round of stimulus checks will be deposited, as the wait for Congress to decide whether it will increase the payments to $2,000 could cause delays.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for the size of checks to be increased, and has indicated that he would sign off $2,000 checks, so a presidential veto is unlikely to cause any further delay, should the Senate vote to approve the trebling of direct payments.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he would push for a Senate vote on $2,000 checks later today through a unanimous consent agreement, which will be blocked if even one Senator votes against it.

"There's strong support for these $2,000 emergency checks from every corner of the country," Schumer said in a statement. "[Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell ought to make sure Senate Republicans do not stand in the way of helping to meet the needs of American workers and families who are crying out for help."

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont also warned on Monday night that he would object against an override of Trump's veto on the defense spending bill until the upper chamber held a vote on $2,000 checks.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC last week that the administration planned to send out stimulus checks early this week, although it is unclear whether President Trump's push for $2,000 checks has held up that process.

"People are going to see this money the beginning of next week. So it's very fast," Mnuchin told the channel. "It's money that gets recirculated in the economy, so people go out and spend this money and that helps small business. That helps getting more people back to work."

Newsweek has contacted the Treasury Department for comment and further details. This article will be updated with any response.

The $900 billion relief bill passed by Congress at the start of last week set a January 15 deadline for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to send out the $600 direct payments provided under its proposals.

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