American citizens in desperate need of financial support as the country slowly shuts down in response to the growing cases and deaths due to COVID-19 may get some relief in Congress’s latest relief plan. According to reports, Congressional leaders and the White House are nearing an agreement on a $900 billion COVID-19 relief plan that would include stimulus checks for Americans.
In addition to stimulus checks, the bill will also include enhanced federal jobless benefits, small-business funding, and funds to distribute COVID-19 vaccines. It’s not yet clear just how much the stimulus checks will be. Sources in Washington have speculated that the checks will only be $600 for individuals, while others say the figure could be higher.
“It’s not a done deal yet. But we are very close,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “We made major headway toward hammering out a targeted pandemic relief package that would be able to pass both chambers with bipartisan majorities,” added Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “We committed to continuing these urgent discussions until we have an agreement, and we agreed we will not leave town until we’ve made law.”