Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Sunday that the next phase of coronavirus relief would include direct payments to Americans and an extension of the federal eviction moratorium.
Kudlow told CNN that the $1,200 direct payments will make it into the next package.
The payments are expected to be governed by the same rules as the first round, when individuals earning under $75,000 received $1,200 and $500 per child. The payments were reduced for those making between $75,000 and $99,000 and phased out for higher earners.
House Democrats passed a bill in May that would have provided up to $1,200 per child.
Eviction moratorium to be extended:
Kudlow also revealed that the federal eviction moratorium would be “lengthened.”
The federal moratorium protects about 12 million people living in buildings with federally-backed loans from eviction, though state and local moratoriums that protect more people are expiring.
Unemployment remains biggest issue:
The $600-per-week unemployment benefit remains the biggest roadblock to a deal even though it expires this week. Republicans want to greatly reduce it while Democrats want to extend it through the end of the year.
"The original benefits will not" be in the new bill, said White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, claiming that "the original unemployment benefits actually paid people to stay home."
Democrats rejected the proposal.
"We are for extending it ... we should not give a 30% pay cut to those who lost their jobs through no fault of their own," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. "The unemployment insurance has kept millions out of poverty, prevented the recession from becoming a depression, we need to extend it."