Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have shown some support for a second stimulus package. However, there are four obstacles standing in the way of that happening right now. 

  1. Disagreement over the cost of a bill
    Lawmakers are becoming concerned over how much coronavirus relief packages are costing. 
  2. Numerous competing proposals
    There are over half a dozen proposals all with different ideas of what the package should include.
  3. Conflict over ITIN holders
    The first payment was only available to those with social security numbers. Some want to change that requirement in the second round.  
  4. A short timeline
    The Senate goes on break from July 3 – July 20 and again from August 8 to September 8, which doesn’t leave much time. 

“Lawmakers very well could overcome these obstacles and provide another COVID-19 check — especially if there’s more bad economic news coming down the pipeline, or if the number of COVID-19 cases spikes and fears of a second wave increase. That’s far from guaranteed, though, as there are serious and fundamental disagreements among lawmakers on how to proceed.” 

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