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An Update On The Second Round of Stimulus Checks — And When To Expect Them

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The next round of stimulus checks will reportedly resemble the initial May delivery with the same 160 million Americans receiving aid, according to reports. The funds could arrive as soon as next month in a plan being worked out by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — if Congress can approve the proposal before its recess.

The details of the checks would include: Individuals earning up to $75,000 would receive a $1,200 payment for themselves and $500 for their dependent children, couples earning up to $150,000 would also qualify, and the payment amounts phase down for singles earning up to $99,000 or $198,000 as a couple — just like the May aid.

“We’re talking about the same provision as last time, so our proposal is the exact same proposal as last time,” Mnuchin said to The Hill.

This bill would result in the IRS pouring nearly $300 billion into the economy, via direct deposits and mailed checks. While this would help Americans, a big question stands: Will this proposal be approved before the Senate recess starting August 10 and lasting into mid-September?

The House approved a proposal, the Heroes Act, in May to send out the second round of checks. Republicans raised concerns over the price tag — over $3 trillion — and McConnell has reportedly been working on different methods in the Senate for weeks.

This new proposal is expected to be detailed on Thursday after a meeting between McConnell, Mnuchin, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was held, where the administration and Senate Republicans reached an agreement. The aid bill will include the second round of checks and funding to schools to assist in recovering from the pandemic.

One feature that won’t make it in the bill is a cut in payroll taxes — a big point of contention after President Trump continually expressed his support for the cuts.

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Mnuchin said the cuts won’t be included as in would take longer to negotiate and the checks need to get sent out.

The stimulus and school aid are expected to be finalized Thursday. Whether Congress can approve the bill before going on break, has yet to be seen.

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NYC bill trying to repeal ‘sanctuary city’ laws put in place by liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio

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New York lawmakers are introducing a bill this week to undo “sanctuary city” laws approved from 2014-2018 under then-Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. Council members Robert Holden (D-Queens) and Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) told The New York Post they’ll introduce the bill Thursday.

Among the laws to be reversed include the prohibiting of the NYPD, and Correction and Probation departments from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the cases involve suspected terrorists or serious public safety risks. It would also reverse rules prohibiting city agencies from partnering with ICE to enforce federal immigration laws.

“Sanctuary city laws put all New Yorkers, both immigrants and longtime residents, in danger by preventing the NYPD and DOC from working with ICE,” said Holden, a moderate Dem. “We do not need to import criminals, and only 23 years since 9/11, we have forgotten the deadly consequences of poor interagency communication. We must repeal these laws immediately.”

“Like most things in New York, sanctuary city policy is a social experiment gone off the rails,” said Borelli. “All the problems with these local laws came out during the public-hearing process, but the Council just stepped harder on the gas pedal.”

In February, Mayor Eric Adams called for the rules to be loosened so migrants “suspected” of “serious” crimes could also be turned over to ICE — as they once were under sanctuary city policies implemented as early as 1989 under ex-mayors Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg.

Among public reasons for the push is the murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.  If it wasn’t for the sanctuary city policies, Riley is among other deaths that could have been prevented if the policies were not in place, Holden and other critics have said.

The 22-year-old was found dead Feb. 22 on the University of Georgia’s campus, six months after her alleged killer Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, was arrested in Queens and charged with endangering a child.

The Post explains of the case:

The NYPD had no choice but to cut the Venezuelan-born Ibarra loose — instead of turning him over to federal immigration officials — because he didn’t have any major crime convictions.

Council Speaker Adrienne Adams shot down the mayor’s idea just one day later, saying she and the rest of the Council’s progressive Democratic majority wouldn’t be considering any rule changes. The bill introduced this week is also likely to face objections from the Council’s left-wing Democratic majority.

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