Second stimulus check, extended unemployment benefits, and more business assistance coming as Trump signs Stimulus Bill

$900 Billion Covid-19 Relief Bill contained within a year-end $2.3 Trillion Omnibus 2021 Spending Bill funding the federal government.

The $900 billion bill signed by President Donald Trump on December 27 includes:

  • A second round of stimulus checks ($600 base amount);
  • Extended $300-per-week unemployment benefits added to the total you receive from the state
  • Adds Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which provides benefits for people who usually don’t qualify for unemployment, including the self-employed and gig worker. Extended to March 14, 2021;
  • More funding for Paycheck Protection Program small business loans;
  • More money for COVID-19 vaccines and testing;
  • Extended tax breaks, and much more.

It is not known exactly when the stimulus checks will begin arriving due to the delay in Trump signing the bill, however, it is likely that the checks will be in the mail within the next two to three weeks.

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7 Responses to Second stimulus check, extended unemployment benefits, and more business assistance coming as Trump signs Stimulus Bill

  1. David Dennison December 28, 2020 at 7:59 pm #

    Don’t waste your time trying to explain facts to the trump worshipers,now or ever.
    They still think come January 20,2021,as Biden is ready to be sworn in as POTUS,the SCOTUS is going to come riding up on their white Horse’s and declare trump as the 2020 election winner.
    Or they’re thinking all the electoral votes are going to change to trump on January 6th,when they vote on that.
    I know it’s not going to happen,now or ever,not as long as the trump worshipers continue to send trump money when he tells them to,but wouldn’t it be nice if,after January 20th the only time we have to see or hear trump again is if we choose to watch one of those annoying scripted reality shows he’s sure to be starring in on MTV or VH1 like before ?

  2. BobK December 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm #

    Wow, where were you people when Pelosi went thumbs down on everything the republicans offered in the last 3 months, only to change her mind when Biden got elected.

  3. Bishop local 7 December 28, 2020 at 10:51 am #

    Unknown when it will arrive “due to Trump dallying on signing the bill!” Hmmm, maybe it was delayed to try and catch the BS in the bill like sending millions of dollars to foreign countries for “gender studies”

    At least be somewhat transparent in your reporting regardless of your thoughts, Charles!!

    • Charles James December 28, 2020 at 11:38 am #

      It was widely reported in news media on both the right and the left, that he was in fact dallying, which is to say, “to act or move slowly.” As to some of the objections he raised, I agree with some of them, but in a $2.3 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the government in 2021, of which the Covid-19 Relief comprised $900 billion, in a bill of that size, there is just no way someone is not going to find something they do not like. Help was long overdue. He delayed that help. I probably could have used a different word or perhaps a different way to describe his actions. How about, “due to being busy playing golf?” He was clearly “not busy governing.” This was Trump being Trump; self-centered and determined to be the center of attention even as others suffer from his narcissism. Hopefully more help will be coming to our local businesses and those put out of work because of the pandemic. THAT is clearly on this congress…and they’ve done a poor job of it.

    • Charles O. Jones December 28, 2020 at 11:58 am #

      I think Mr. James was extremely kind with his words. Much kinder than our president deserves, IMO.

    • Low December 28, 2020 at 3:17 pm #

      Because Trump was absolutely dallying on signing the bill. Don’t kid yourself. Trump was NOT trying to “catch BS” in the bill. He was politically grandstanding and it was only delaying getting money to people who truly needed it.

      And the money was not for “gender studies in foreign countries”. That money was sent in support to women’s rights in the Pakistan because they can’t even open up a bank account over there, let alone do much of anything else. It’s a bi partisan section and unless you have something against women having basic human rights, I’d reconsider your stance.

    • Jubie December 30, 2020 at 5:51 pm #

      Wow Bishop local 7! What a simplistic response. Please investigate fully before you make off the cuff statements like this. This was a complicated, time consuming effort and in order to get some relief NOW, the inclusion of aid to Pakistan which includes gender studies was necessary. The choice was either vote it in, or leave the people who desperately need relief hanging for who knows how long. There are a lot of details which, if you research would tell you this was the right thing to do right now. Onward, forward with the new administration! Let’s get this dumpster fire of a year over with!


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