WITH talks on a new stimulus check on hold it's not yet clear if a second payout is guranteed.
However, if Republican Senators take the USPS bill, stimulus checks could be given a boost – and they are still very much on the cards.
Circumstances depend on White House and Democratic negotiators returning discussions back to a second stimulus check in the economic rescue bill.
Lawmakers and the White House are currently in favour of a second payout, with the GOP exploring a "skinny" bill – proposing several new economic safety measures but not another direct payment.
Over the weekend the House of Representatives passed a standalone $25 billion bill to fund the US Postal Service.
Speaking to Fox news, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Sunday: "Hopefully, what will happen is the Republican Senators will take this [USPS] bill when it comes across.
"They'll amend it and actually address many of the things that are hurting America right now in terms of this pandemic response and be able to get it to the president's desk."
The Senate's HEALS Act last month capped any new checks at $1,200.
The amount you could get depends on your income and tax-filing status, specifically youradjusted gross income, or AGI.
The HEALS act also includes any child dependents who were 17 or older and college students under 24 years old, who were left out in the last round of payments.
The new act would include a payment of $500 for dependents, regardless of age – but the new measures can affect your total.
The calculation also relies on whether you filed as single, married or head of household.
The Washington Post has put together a handy calculator for anyone unsure of how to figure out how much their stimulus check could be.
Under both the CARES and HEALES act there's no limit on the number of dependents, meaninga family of two adults and six children could see a total payout of $5,400 – the only catch being under CARES they have to be under 17.
Meanwhile The Heroes Act, put together by the Democratic-led House, but as yet laregely unacknowledged by the Senate, would cap payments at $6,000 for households of five or more.
And according to CNet, if a bill is approved, Americans can expect to receive their checks in the same way as they did before, either my post, direct debit or with an EIP card.
Senate Republicans said they plan to introduce a new coronavirus relief bill including funding for the USPS, with experts predicting it will also include the checks.
However, it could be a long wait to find out as The Senate does not plan to re-adjourn sessions until next month, September 8.
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