What is happening with the second round of stimulus checks that lawmakers said would be making their way to people in the U.S.?
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows pointed the finger at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday, citing Democrats as the main reason why Americans haven’t received a second stimulus check.
“She puts forth a number, suggests that she came down, and yet she’s willing to turn down $1.3 trillion of help that goes to the American people because she would rather them have nothing than to give way on what her fantasy might be,” Meadows said.
Meadows was referring to a $2.2 trillion package, which is significantly higher than the $1 trillion the White House offered in August.
The $1.3 trillion package would also include funding for schools, childcare and hospitals “at levels (Pelosi) would agree with,” Meadows added.
Democrats and Republicans are approximately $1 trillion apart in negotiations, and it’s not clear when, or if such a package will be passed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was hopeful for a deal, but admitted that Congress is deadlocked.
In the short-term it means no $1,200 stimulus will be added to anyone’s bank account in the near future.