Second stimulus checks in further doubt as ‘skinny’ GOP package faces blowback

For Americans still struggling with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, hopes continue to wane that direct relief in the form of a check from the IRS is coming anytime soon.

Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate minority leader, blasted a so-called “skinny” stimulus bill that Senate Republicans are possibly preparing to unveil next week, a move that underscores just how far apart the two sides remain on a package.

In a letter to colleagues, Schumer called leaked details of the GOP plan “emaciated,” citing reports that the proposal would include “no money for rental assistance, no money for nutrition assistance, and no money for state and local services, the census, or safe elections.”


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