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What’s holding up a second stimulus check? Washington in state of chaos

Is a second round of stimulus checks coming? While lawmakers fight over specifics, President Donald Trump set the goal of pushing an even larger direct payment to Americans as the Coronavirus Pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the economy.

Both Republicans and Democrats agree it makes sense to send $1,200 checks to help boost the bank accounts of families, but they can’t come to an agreement on connected details.

Negotiations have stalled, and at this point, looks unclear if they will resume to a point where a second stimulus payment could occur.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pressed the case for funding for the U.S. Postal Service, rental assistance, food aid and rapid testing for the virus at a press event.

“Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gave a damn,” Pelosi said. “That isn’t the case.”

Meanwhile, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed Pelosi and Democrats.

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“They are still rejecting any more relief for anyone unless they get a flood of demands with no real relationship to COVID-19,” he explained. There’s a flood of concern that if significant funds are not found for the Postal Service, fall elections could become complicated.

The Democrats said they are waiting for the White House to put a new offer on the table: “We have again made clear to the Administration that we are willing to resume negotiations once they start to take this process seriously,” they said in a statement.

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