President Biden has made it clear that he wants more money sent to Americans. But that’s not his decision. It must be approved by Congress.
HOUSTON — With President Joe Biden promising another round of stimulus checks, many want to know how quickly that money could come, especially as 5.1 million Americans still receive unemployment benefits.
It’s the question almost every American wants to know: When will we see that third check?
President Biden has made it clear that he wants more money sent to Americans. His dollar amount is $1,400.
But that is not his decision, which must be approved by Congress.
It took Congress several months to approve the latest round of scrutiny, which took place in December. But with changes in the Senate, many expect this time, things will move much faster.
What is the process of getting another stimulus approved?
KHOU political analyst Bob Stein explains how it works:
A spending bill must originate in the House of Representatives, where the speaker will likely push it through a few committees, ending in a Rules Committee that will determine how the bill will be discussed and what it will take to pass.
Once passed, it goes to the Senate and must be passed there in exactly the same form as it was in the House. If there are disagreements, a Conference Committee will be appointed to resolve those disagreements.
And then have to go back to both bodies for another vote.
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Then the president would sign and the IRS would take over from there.
But the Senate is already very busy. They have to approve new cabinet members and decide what to do with the impeachment procedure.
But Stein says it seems like both sides want to do something in terms of a different incentive. The questions remain: how much and when?
He believes the most optimistic timeline for when we could see this bill passed would be two to three weeks, but a month may be more reasonable.