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Lawmakers say deal could be reached by week’s end on $1,200 stimulus payments

Is another stimulus check on the way? For weeks now, residents and readers have been hearing about a prospective payment that could match the one issued when the CARES Act was signed into law.

That was several months ago, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, it’s August and as talks have stalled between Democrats and Republicans – there is renewed hope that a bill could be inked by as early as this week.

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Top Democrats emerged from a 90-minute meeting with Trump administration officials to declare more progress on reaching common ground in an aid package expected to include a second round of $1,200 direct payments.

“We really went down issue by issue by issue slogging through this. They made some concessions, which we appreciated. We made some concessions that they appreciated,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “We’re still far away on a lot of the important issues but we’re continuing to go back.”

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Tuesday’s session was likely among the most productive talks the two sides had participated in to date. Clearly, a good step for those concerned about seeing more money flow to struggling Americans.

Among the top issues that Congress needs to address:

– How much additional money will flow to those who are unemployed. At this point, Republicans are not interested in seeing $600 per week additionally make its way to unemployed workers. They have said that $200 seems more reasonable.

– A $1,200 stimulus check would also likely make its way to Americans in this proposal.

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