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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday that the Trump administration aims to send $1,000 checks to every American. (Photo courtesy Creative Commons, Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday that he and President Donald Trump supported sending $1,000 checks straight to the American people as tens of millions face furloughs, layoffs, and financial uncertainty as the coronavirus outbreak spreads—a major shift of the Overton Window regarding direct cash assistance for Americans amid the pandemic.

"We are looking at sending checks to Americans immediately," Mnuchin told the press. "Americans need to get cash now and the president wants to get cash now, and I mean now—in the next two weeks."


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