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With U.S. Census deadline cut short, local officials spread word: A correct count is vital

Time was already running out to gather 2020 U.S. Census data — and much to the concern of Brevard County census officials, it just got shorter. While door-to-door canvassing of those who haven't yet filled out a census questionnaire began over the weekend, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Aug. 3 it would cut short the reporting effort by a month — from the previously extended date of Oct. 31 to Sept. 30. Every 10 years, census figures shape the maps of legislative districts and help determine funding for everything from libraries and highways to Medicaid and FEMA relief after disasters.

AS English

Second stimulus check: will eligibility requirements change?

Following last week’s unveiling of the HEALS Act, Republican senators’ $1tn proposal for the next coronavirus relief legislation in the U.S., talks between White House officials and Democratic congressional leaders are ongoing over the final terms of an aid package which is set to include a second round of stimulus checks. As part of the CARES Act, a $2.2tn relief bill passed in March, qualifying Americans have received stimulus checks of up to $1,200 to help them cope with the financial effects of the Covid-19 crisis, which has caused unemployment in the country to soar from pre-pandemic levels of 3.5% to its latest rate of 10.2%.

Forbes

Congress Continues To Negotiate Second Stimulus Package

Time is running out for Congress to find common ground on what should be included in the second stimulus package. The second stimulus proposal from the Senate Republicans, the Help, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, includes multiple smaller pieces of legislation. These components would provide another round of direct stimulus payments to Americans, extend unemployment benefits, freeze Medicare premiums, offer more Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding and extend liability shields for businesses facing COVID-19-related lawsuits.