Here’s what you need to know.
Congress plans to take steps this week toward quickly passing President Joe Biden’s coronavirus aid proposals, including a third wave of direct relief payments for most Americans.
The next batch of stimulus checks would be for $1,400 — to top off the $600 payments that started going out in late December. Democrats and former President Donald Trump had wanted to provide $2,000 in that round but were thwarted by Republicans leading the Senate at that time.
Now, there’s a new Senate, with Biden’s Democratic party in control. That could make it easier for the new checks to pass, though there are a few potential challenges.