President Biden signaled support for further economic relief measures to address the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by giving stimulus checks.
Initially, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted bipartisan action to provide financial assistance to the public during lockdowns. The first and second stimulus checks were supported by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. However, after President Biden took office, Republicans stopped supporting the idea of further financial relief. The third stimulus check was passed by Democrats only and did not receive any support from Republicans.
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With the emergency declaration coming to an end, it is unlikely that the federal government will send out another stimulus check unless the pandemic presents a grave threat once again. Control of Congress has shifted since President Biden took office, making it impossible to authorize a fourth check without support from both Republicans and Democrats.
Although pandemic-related stimulus checks are unlikely to be sent once COVID-19 is no longer considered an emergency, there is still a slim chance that stimulus checks could be sent for other reasons. In the past, stimulus checks have been authorized during recessions, so if economic conditions worsen, it is possible a bipartisan bill could be passed to provide more financial help to jumpstart the economy. However, this would not be a COVID-19-related payment but would be designed to help keep the economy afloat.
In conclusion, the end of the emergency declaration is a clear signal that experts do not expect the pandemic to escalate and cause further lockdowns. It is unlikely that there will be another COVID-19-related stimulus check, but there is still a slim chance that stimulus money could be sent for other reasons.
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