Coronavirus Stimulus Update: Trump Wants Larger Checks

There haven’t been very many updates on a second round of coronavirus stimulus checks, but President Donald Trump has again backed more direct payments for the American people. In fact, this time around, he said he wants the second round of coronavirus stimulus checks to be larger than the first round of checks.

Coronavirus stimulus update: Trump supports more checks

The president told Fox Business on Wednesday that he not only supports a second round of coronavirus stimulus checks, but he also wants them to be larger than what the Democrats have suggested. The Democrat-led House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act in May, which would send a second round of coronavirus stimulus checks to the American people. The checks would be $1,200 per adult and $1,200 per dependent of any age.

The checks were more generous than the first round that was sent out as part of the CARES Act because the CARES Act only sent $500 per dependent up to age 16. However, Trump apparently supports even higher amounts for the second round of coronavirus stimulus checks.

He also emphasized that the second round of stimulus checks must be "done properly." He wants money getting into people's hands "quickly and in a non-complicated fashion."

More requirements for the phase four stimulus package

In the update on a second round of coronavirus stimulus checks, Trump also said he wants to see the phase four stimulus package create "a great incentive to work." It appears to be a reference to the extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits, which caused most people to be paid more on unemployment than they were getting paid on the job.

Democrats want to extend the extra $600 in unemployment benefits beyond the expiration at the end of July. However, Republicans oppose the idea because it incentivizes people to stay out of work for as long as possible. If people won't return to work, it will be difficult for small businesses to reopen and get the economy moving again.

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