When Will You Get a $1,400 Stimulus Check? Everything We Know About the COVID-19 Relief Bill

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Millions of Americans have been waiting with bated breath for the long-promised third round of COVID-19 relief checks. (Or, as they’re often called, stimulus checks.) Despite dramatic shifts in the amount of relief funds and a lot of back-and-forth, February 27, 2021 saw the U.S. House of Representatives passing the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes an extension of unemployment benefits, tens of billions in aid for small businesses and nonprofits, and, of course, the ever-elusive third round of relief checks for Americans.

Shortly thereafter, the Senate passed the relief package as well, and, on March 11, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. "This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving people in this nation, working people, middle-class folks, people who built the country, a fighting chance," Biden said in the Oval Office before signing the legislation. "That's what the essence of it is."

But what does this mean for you? We’re taking a closer look at who’s eligible for relief checks; when qualifying recipients might expect to receive their payments; and some of the hot-button issues that cropped up during the formation of the American Rescue Plan.