Trump ‘ready’ to send $3,400 stimulus checks to families – and says Dems are ‘holding this up’

DONALD Trump says he is "ready" to send stimulus checks of up to $3,400 to Americans but Democrats are "holding this up".

"I have directed [Steven Mnuchin] to get ready to send direct payments ($3,400 for family of four) to all Americans. DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING THIS UP!" the president tweeted Friday.

For small business owners, Trump also tweeted he was ready to "send additional PPP payments to small businesses that have been hurt by the ChinaVirus."

"DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING THIS UP!" he said.

A day earlier Trump had said he was holding up the stimulus checks, because he doesn't want Americans voting by mail this November.

He said he was blocking the $2trillion stimulus package put forth by Democrats because it allots $25billion in emergency funding to the US Postal Service, which he said was "election money" for mail-in ballots.

Lawmakers have gone on summer recess as of Friday – prompting a huge slowdown to the proposed second round of $1,200 stimulus checks.

The Senate will get back to work on September 8 and The House of Representatives on September 14.

September 8 would likely be the earliest a stimulus deal would be made.

Members of Congress are needed to vote on a stimulus package in person.

Democrats and Republicans have not yet come to an agreement on a package because they've had difficulty seeing eye to eye on state and local funding, liability protection, unemployment benefits, and school funding.

Both parties are reportedly on board with sending eligible Americans another round of $1,200 stimulus checks, similar to the ones sent in March as part of the CARES package.

The website predicts that if a deal is reached by August 21, checks will be sent out by September 2.

If a deal is passed the next Monday, on August 24, checks could be sent by the week of September 14.

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