Will a government shut down prevent more stimulus checks from going out?

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It’s no secret that lawmakers cannot agree on how to best go about passing the next round of stimulus funding.

Democrats prefer a package valued at around $2.2 trillion and it looks like the highest that Republicans are willing to go up is a price tag around $1.3 trillion.

There are a host of demands that are causing the Democrats to hold on to a higher price tag and in the meantime executive orders and memorandums have been issued by the White House to help provide relief in different areas such as unemployment benefits and student loan deferments.

Lawmakers are set to return to the White House after Labor Day next week and some people are hopeful that an agreement will eventually be made.

But there is one giant worry looming in the background that some people have talked about — a potential government shut down.

Some people are nervous that lawmakers may try to leverage their positions by threatening to allow the government to shut down temporarily.

This would be one of the very last things that the country needs during a time of battling a global pandemic. There are federal organizations and facilities that are currently playing a role in combating the coronavirus and so a government shut down at the federal level could prove to be disastrous for those depending on their services.

But luckily, it looks like parties have already agreed to avoid a government shut down.

Reportedly, during a 36-minute phone call between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (shortly after Mnuchin’s testified before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis), the two agreed to avoid a government shutdown.

The agreement is to provide funding through September 30 for federal programs and vital services and it is a great sign that they are willing to separate the issue of government funding from the issue of coronavirus relief.

This is a huge relief to those of us who were worried about a shut down interfering with the next round of stimulus funding, including an additional round of stimulus checks.

It looks like lawmakers still have quite a ways to go to arrive at a middle ground regarding the next round of stimulus funding but at least we can count on government funding not getting in the way of those negotiations.

It looks like when lawmakers return to work next week, Republicans are planning on pushing the skinny bill which is a stimulus package that has been whittled down in value.

It contains a number of provisions for aid including boosted federal unemployment benefits, more paycheck protection program funding, and $10 billion for the USPS along with liability protections.

But one thing that is missing is additional stimulus checks so the jury is still out on when those may go out.

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