Tag: Checks

The Daily 202: Trump tries frantically to make up lost ground with seniors, promising free medicine and checks

Other polls released over the last week show Biden leading among voters 65 and older, including in the battlegrounds of Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Pew’s survey was in the field from Wednesday, the day after the first presidential debate, through Monday, the day Trump checked himself out of Walter Reed after his three-night stay in the hospital. Pew’s unusually large sample size of 10,543 registered voters means smaller margins of error for subgroups, which allows for deeper analysis.

Trump and many of his top advisers see his weakness among seniors as an existential threat to his hopes for a second term, and the president is demanding that his aides use all the levers of the federal government to woo older voters who have drifted away during the final 25 days of the campaign.

The president tweeted a two-and-a-half minute video Thursday afternoon of himself speaking directly to seniors, whom

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Trump Reverses Stance on Stimulus, Asks for $1,200 Checks and Small Business Relief

Is a second stimulus check back on the table?

In recent weeks, lawmakers had actually appeared to be getting closer to a deal on another coronavirus relief bill, with leaders from both parties indicating progress had been made and they were hopeful a compromise could be found.

That’s why it came as a shock when President Donald Trump announced yesterday that he had instructed his team to halt negotiations and said he would prefer lawmakers wait until after the upcoming November election to pass a stimulus package. The president had been one of the biggest proponents of a generous stimulus bill, so his announcement came as a shock.

Late in the evening, however, the president appeared to reverse course, releasing several statements via Twitter indicating his continued support for specific stimulus relief — including a $1,200 check for most Americans.

The president is back on board with more coronavirus stimulus

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Second stimulus checks: Where we stand after a chaotic week in Washington | WGN Radio 720

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The first piece of business President Donald Trump tweeted about following his hospitalization for coronavirus was stimulus relief for Americans. The message from Trump underscores the political importance of reaching a bipartisan deal and delivering a new round of direct payments to most Americans.

“Our great USA wants and needs stimulus,” tweeted Trump. “Work together and get it done.”

That’s exactly what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have tried to do over the last week. The pair had regular meetings that lasted more than an hour, in some cases.

On Sunday morning, Pelosi told CBS’ Face the Nation that she and Mnuchin are “making progress.”

The good news: Negotiators are closer to a deal than they’ve been on months.

The bad news: They’re still a long way off.

In addition to

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Money For Airlines And Stimulus Checks, But No New Student Loan Relief

Negotiations between House Democrats and the White House on a new stimulus package continue — and there are some signs indicating that a consensus for a compromise may be forming.

According to the Washington Post, the new stimulus proposal may include the following:

  • Financial assistance to the airline industry, which is facing significant pressure as national and international travel has not rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.
  • Another round of $1,200 stimulus checks, although eligibility would likely be limited to people based on annual income (the details are still being worked out).
  • Re-initiating expired federal enhanced unemployment
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Direct $1,200 checks to Americans, boosts to small business loans in new $1.5 trillion stimulus bill

A few dozen centrist lawmakers rankled by the collapsed COVID-19 stimulus talks and lack of relief to Americans will try to prod Democratic and Republican leaders and the Trump administration back to the negotiating table with a new $1.5 trillion package.

One of the most popular and bipartisan-backed provisions in previous packages, direct checks of at least $1,200 to American taxpayers, is included in the new plan from the 50 members of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

For more on previous proposals including stimulus checks, read here.

The Problem Solvers’ offering comes a week after the latest $500 billion GOP plan was blocked by Senate Democrats, who derided the package as inadequate in the wake of an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. It also follows a series of stalled talks and false starts since the spring as Democratic and Republican proposals have

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Stimulus checks: President Donald Trump floats an idea that he hopes could speed up payments to Americans in need of cash

President Donald Trump floated an idea Friday that he hopes might help speed up stimulus payments to Americans in need while Republicans and Democrats continue to be at an impasse regarding a deal that would provide a second relief package for the country.

Trump’s idea?

According to the New York Post, he urged Congress Friday to approve stimulus checks “by redirecting $300 billion in unused coronavirus pandemic relief funds.”

The Post said Trump said he considered redirecting the funds himself, “but prefers for Congress to approve the idea.”

“We have $300 billion ready to go, all Congress has to do is say, ‘Use it,’” the Post reported he said at his press briefing. “I’d like to use it without their permission, but I guess I’m not allowed to.”

The report said Trump didn’t specify where that $300 billion would come from, exactly, but speculated that he was referencing unused

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The Week in Business: Where Are the $300 Checks?

The French call it la rentrée — the ramp-up period after summer holidays end, when school starts and that buzzy September energy hits the air. To call this season different is an understatement, but rentrée we shall, as best we can. Here’s what you need to know in business and tech for the week ahead.

New unemployment claims remain stubbornly high, hovering over 1 million for the second week in a row. (The number briefly dipped below that level earlier this month for the first time since the pandemic began, but then the trend reversed.) What’s particularly worrisome is that federal aid to the unemployed all but disappeared at the end of July. Earlier this month, President Trump promised an additional $300 in jobless pay, but those checks may not show up until mid-September in many states.

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