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Biden stimulus update: Now that impeachment is over, where’s my check?

Now that the whole impeachment thing is over, did you think that Congress would buckle down, pass a stimulus package for coronavirus relief, and allow the Treasury to grace your bank account with a $1,400 payment right away? That would be nice, but unfortunately Congress is not in session this week.

WAIT, WHAT?

They’re not in D.C. It’s a so-called “state work” week, where senators go home to their families. Senators worked through the weekend to acquit former president Donald Trump in his historic second impeachment trial, and some senators reportedly aimed to get home for Valentine’s Day.

IS ANYONE ON THE BALL WITH THE STIMULUS?

Yep, President Joe Biden. Last night at a town hall in Wisconsin he pitched Democrats’ $1.9 trillion stimulus plan to Americans, saying, “Now is the time we should be spending. Now is the time to go big.” This recommendation is in line with advice from a number of top economists, who have encouraged ongoing direct spending to Americans until the crisis concludes.

SO WHEN CAN I EXPECT A PAYMENT?

Extra unemployment benefits from the December stimulus bill expire the second week of March, so Democrats are aiming to have funds going out by then. But know that in order for that to happen, Congress folk need to work together.

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