by rafael on Dec 28 2020

-- by Tony Romm and Rachel Seigel, The Washington Post:

President Trump’s decision to sign a $900 billion coronavirus aid package after days of delay sent Washington into a scramble on Monday, as the administration once again faced a race to disburse a massive amount of money to workers and businesses still struggling in the midst of the pandemic.

The Treasury Department and other federal agencies did not reveal specific timelines for when stimulus checks, small business aid, and unemployment benefits would be released, and it’s unclear how much Trump’s decision to drag out the process has impacted their work.

The task is a gargantuan one for the U.S. government, which on Sunday had been bracing for the prospect of an abrupt shutdown. The administration must process new, one-time $600 checks for most Americans, extend fresh unemployment aid to millions of people who risked losing their benefits, and inject another round of cash into small businesses’ struggling bottom lines.

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