Trump says second stimulus checks worth up to $3,400 are ‘being held back by Democrats’

DONALD Trump has said that the second round of stimulus checks worth up to $3,400 are "being held back by Democrats."

The president tweeted on Friday: "The Democrats are holding back the $1,200 to $3,400 (family of four) checks that were ready to be sent out!"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the Republicans' $1trillion coronavirus relief plan on Monday, prompting Americans to ask when they'll receive their stimulus payments.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with the White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin four days in a row to discuss the act.

However, the Senate adjourned on Thursday afternoon and will not return until Monday.

Meadows said on Thursday: "I'm not very optimistic that we will have any kind of an agreement on a comprehensive bill in the near future."

McConnell tweeted on Thursday evening: "Democrats are holding up urgent help for struggling people over completely unrelated liberal wish-list items, like massive tax cuts for rich people in blue states.

"Economists across the spectrum say it’s a terrible idea. This is how serious they are about these negotiations."

However, he told the Washington Post: "Hopefully we can come together behind some package we can agree on in the next few weeks."

If lawmakers make the decision before the August 7 recess – and President Donald Trump signs off on the act right away – the next checks could be sent in August.

A CNET model based on the first round of coronavirus relief payments in April, Americans can expect funds to start being released the week of August 24.

However, it could be further delayed if the Senate does not reach a deal by the August 7 recess, meaning negotiations would resume until September 8.

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