(USA Features) An average family of four will get $3,000 from the federal government as an economic relief measure included in legislation aimed at blunting financial losses from the coronavirus outbreak.
The payments are part of legislation making its way through Congress as part of President Donald Trump’s aggressive strategy in providing relief to Americans.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Thursday that direct payments would come in April. They will include $1,000 per adult and $500 per child. He said the checks would begin three weeks after the plan was approved.
A second round of payments will go out in May if the president has not lifted the coronavirus national emergency declaration yet, the Washington Times reported.
“We’ve told the House and the Senate we need to get this done quickly,” Mnuchin told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “This needs to be done by the beginning of next week.”
Senate Republicans are working with the White House on the package, which is expected to total about $1.3 trillion. The measure also includes guaranteed loans for small businesses and affected industries such as airlines.
While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) kept the chamber in session this week to deal with issues related to the coronavirus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) allowed the lower chamber to be dismissed for a previously-scheduled recess, which has drawn some criticism.
The House will reconvene on Monday. The Senate is expected to have a bill ready to go by then.
Wednesday night President Trump “signed emergency legislation that provides more than $100 billion for free coronavirus testing, expanded unemployment insurance, paid sick and family leave and expanded food security programs,” the Times reported.