THERE were hopes that another stimulus check may be arriving in bank accounts in less than a week – but that is now unlikely as most senators have returned to their home states.
Although Democrats and Republicans have both shown support for a second round of $1,200 coronavirus payments, members of Congress have been unable to come to an agreement.
Although a month-long recess was put on hold to continue negotiations, most senators have returned to their home states, meaning checks are not likely coming “anytime soon,” CNN reported.
Democrats and Republicans have each blamed the respective party for holding up negotiations.
Speaking during a meeting with the few senators that are still on Capitol Hill, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday slammed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for allowing members of Congress to head home.
“Why did the majority leader tell people to go home and be on standby?” Schumer questioned.
He alleged McConnell “wants to ‘contract out’ his responsibilities” to other parts of the government, nodding to an executive order that gave a $400 unemployment bump that was signed by President Trump over the weekend.
McConnell, however, blamed Democrats for holding up a package from being passed.
“Clearly this isn’t about COVID. Democrats think they smell an opening they’ve wanted for years to make Uncle Sam bail out decades of mismanagement and broken policies in places like New York, New Jersey and California,” McConnell said.
Last week, Democrats proposed a $2trillion deal – far less than the $3.4 HEROES Act that was passed in the House in May.
The White House rejected that deal, however, and now top Trump adviser and chief of staff Mark Meadows is out of office for the week.
This would further put a hold on a deal, as without Meadows, a deal is not likely to come, Politico reported.
Republicans revealed their own $1trillion package – but Democrats have demanded more aid.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Monday, however, that the Trump administration is willing to “spend what it needs to spend” and continue negotiations with Democrats.
He also previously said that once a deal is reached, checks would be sent out almost immediately.
President Trump himself has blamed Democrats for holding up a package, and claimed they want to “make a deal” with him.
“So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal. Amazing how it all works, isn’t it,” Trump tweeted Monday morning.
“Where have they been for the last 4 weeks when they were “hardliners”, and only wanted BAILOUT MONEY for Democrat run states and cities that are failing badly? They know my phone number!” Trump added.
Democrats denied reaching out to the president.