Stimulus bill deadline expired with no deal. 3 things that could happen, including an executive order

The Aug. 7 deadline for the next stimulus bill passed, but that doesn’t mean talks are over yet.


Sarah Tew/CNET

The deadline has come and gone without a deal between Democrats and Republicans on another stimulus package to help Americans weather the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, an outbreak experts warn will only worsen in the US. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had set an Aug. 7 deadline for relief legislation to pass, before the Senate’s planned monthlong recess. That recess is now postponed

What now? Have the talks collapsed? Is there still hope for an agreement? Will President Donald Trump issue his own executive order and bypass a new bi-partisan stimulus bill entirely? Here’s what we know. 

What’s holding up the stimulus deal?

The Senate, House of Representatives and White House all agree a second stimulus check that will send payments directly to Americans is essential to help turn the current recession around. 

The problem is that Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on how much help is needed. Their disagreements mostly center on issues including enhanced unemployment benefits, extending a moratorium on evictions and the amount of relief aid

Read More View More Stimulus bill deadline expired with no deal. 3 things that could happen, including an executive order