While the global situation might have not changed much since the third stimulus check went out in the early part of 2021, there has been no word on when a potential fourth stimulus check might be coming. The federal government has some programs in place that have been helping Americans with children through tax credits. However, the average person is still waiting on news about more direct relief.
So, what’s the hold-up? Why is Congress dragging its feet on legislation that it seems like everyone wants to see?
If you don’t follow politics closely, it can seem like Congress never really does anything. If you do follow politics closely, you know that Congress works extremely hard to make sure nothing really happens. Jokes aside, the issue right now is that the starkly divided legislative branch is extremely busy with a massive infrastructure bill. This $1 trillion bill is the signature piece of legislation from President Joe Biden, and Biden hopes it defines his presidency the way Obamacare defined Barrack Obama’s.
Congress is wrestling with this mammoth law, and it’s going to take some time to hammer it into a shape that can actually pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate. As such, most floor time is being dominated by this bill, which includes countless pages of infrastructure legislation. There’s just a lot to discuss!
Many legislators have even pointed out that the infrastructure bill includes a lot of provisions that will spend considerable federal funds in a way that is meant to directly improve the quality of life of the average US citizen. As such, there might not be an appetite among legislators to authorize still more spending on a fourth stimulus check.
Sadly, this means you shouldn’t be hoping for any more direct assistance any time soon. While things could always change, and Congress could suddenly adopt legislation to send out more direct assistance to US citizens, this seems very politically unlikely at the moment.
Democrats narrowly control Congress, and there is a Democrat in the White House: this means that the dominant party is anxious to address this sweeping infrastructure bill before the balance of power could potentially shift during the 2022 midterm elections. For the time being, don’t count on any more money coming directly from the federal government. Some analysts have suggested that it’s actually unlikely that any more direct relief checks are sent out at any point in the foreseeable future.