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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%.

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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.

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Census Bureau Says It Will Stop the Count A Month Early

The Census Bureau will end its efforts to count the U.S. population a month early, at the end of September, even as more than a third of the nation has yet to respond to the decennial questionnaire. The bureau released a statement late Monday indicating its door knocking efforts would cease and online self-response options would close on Sept. 30 to allow for data processing. The original deadline for the 2020 census response was July 31, but it was extended in the spring to the end of October.