2nd stimulus check: $600 payments have started going out, Mnuchin says – syracuse.com
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says a second round of stimulus checks has already started going out.
Mnuchin announced Tuesday night that the Treasury Department delivered a payment file to the Federal Reserve for “Economic Impact Payments,” the official name for the $600 direct payments from the latest Covid relief bill to help Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“These payments may begin to arrive in some accounts by direct deposit as early as tonight and will continue into next week,” Mnuchin said Tuesday. “Paper checks will begin to be mailed tomorrow.”
As with the first round of stimulus checks from the CARES Act, Americans can check the status of their payments at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment. Mnuchin said information on the Get My Payment website will be updated “later this week.”
President Donald Trump signed the $900 billion Covid relief bill on Sunday that includes a second round of direct payments worth $600 for most Americans, but urged Congress to raise the amount to $2,000. The Democratic-led House voted in favor of increasing the amount to $2,000 on Monday, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked an immediate Senate vote on the issue.
CNBC reports McConnell instead introduced a bill Tuesday that tied the $2,000 checks with other, unrelated Trump requests to repeal Section 230 legal liability protections for internet platforms and create a commission to study