The months-long wait for a second possible stimulus check has quickly become a cultural phenomenon in and of itself, complete with a whole new genre of memes. Social media is fixated on Congress passing a second coronavirus stimulus package, which many feel is long overdue. Thankfully, they are putting their wit and Photoshop skills to the task to help pass the time.
The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of slowing down, according to a report by CBS News. With cases, hospitalizations and deaths on the rise for the U.S., many cannot count on the income they need to support themselves and their families, and any attempt to do so would be a risk to public health. Many see another stimulus package as the best option, following the model of the CARES Act passed back in March.
Through the CARES Act, Americans received one stimulus check — worth up to $1,200 — based on income, distributed between April 15 and now. The payment helped to buoy many people through the onset of the recession, but with months to go before a vaccine can be developed, another payment is probably necessary.
Many lawmakers agree. In mid-May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, which would provide another check with similar limits and criteria to the first one. However, the United States Senate has not considered this bill yet, and they are currently on a two-week recess scheduled to end on July 17. The Senate will reconvene on Monday, July 20.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that any second stimulus package that passes will be written by his office, meaning he likely will not push hard for the HEROES Act. McConnell has also hinted that he wants to set the income cap for the second stimulus check lower — perhaps at $40,000, meaning about 20 million people who got the first check would be left out of this one.
Americans are frustrated with this debate, and with the apparent lack of urgency in this process in general. Thankfully, many are venting their frustration by minting new memes to make light of the turmoil and give us a few laughs through it. Here is a look at what they've come up with.
Me watching the government give millionaires Stimulus checks as evictions skyrocket https://t.co/wGfIUIKpLj— V. (@Lovestained555) July 12, 2020
Fighting the Mailman
Listen!! My mans still ain’t got that stimulus check and he is PISSED!!— _Pisces ♓️🐠 (@ooh_she_Creole) July 13, 2020
Better Have My Moneyprevnext
My stimulus check just arrived yesterday. You know what that means.. . pic.twitter.com/vqWADjcN9B— Tooth Ⓥ 👺 (@toooothfunky2th) July 12, 2020
Will Smith Crying
When they said round 2 of stimulus checks are in an “entanglement” with nonexistence… pic.twitter.com/f772ypmoF8— Tooky “Spicy Meat-A-Ball” Kavanagh (@TookyMonster) July 10, 2020
Realizing we ain’t getting that second stimulus check pic.twitter.com/vxgRgYh7vr— CJ (@cdgreer_) July 10, 2020
Canada is on like their 4th $2,000 stimulus check and here we are with one $1,200 check and begging for another pic.twitter.com/OshVWcHACk— ✚✖ (35%) (@mariatellaa) July 10, 2020