WASHINGTON (KMOX) - President Donald Trump has called for another round of payments to be sent out to "all Americans" amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In a tweet on Friday afternoon, he says he directed Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to "get ready to send direct payments ($3,400 for family of four) to all Americans."
Negotiations of a new round of stimulus checks are currently stalled as House Democrats and White House officials are unable to reach middle ground on a deal.
The first round of stimulus checks was included in the CARES Act that passed in March – granting eligible Americans $1,200 each, with an additional $500 per dependent.
Democrats are willing to come down to $2 trillion from their original $3 trillion proposal, and the White House refusing to come up above its desired $1 trillion price point.
The Senate remained in session this week, which should have been the first of its recess, for daily hour-and-a-half negotiation in last-minute efforts to try to come to an agreement on a new bill.
“We will have our regular pro forma meetings through the end of the state work period. If the Speaker of the House and the minority leader of the Senate decide to finally let another package move forward … it would take bipartisan consent to meet for legislative business sooner than scheduled,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R.-Ky., upon wrapping the chamber’s session.
The Senate is scheduled to reconvene on Sept. 8. The House of Representatives, which already commenced its recess, isn’t scheduled back until Sept. 14.