© 2020 Focal Journal Inc.Americans to receive $1,200 coronavirus check in three weeks: White House officialsMany Americans would receive a $1,200 check in about three weeks as part of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus relief bill, White House officials said on Wednesday as the unprecedented package hit a snag in Congress.“Together this $2.2 trillion legislative package is bigger than anything, I believe, ever passed in Congress,” President Trump said at a White House press briefing while senators on Capitol Hill continued to debate provisions of the bill.As part of the proposed legislation, Americans earning less than $75,000 a year would receive a check for $1,200, or couples earning less than $150,000 would receive a check for $2,400. Families would receive $500 per child.Those checks would arrive in about three weeks, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.“We couldn’t be more pleased with the unprecedented response from the Senate to protect American workers and American business in this situation,” Mnuchin said. “This is going to be an enormous help for the American workers and the American economy.”Mnuchin said the bill should keep the economy afloat for about three months.“If we have to go back, we have to go back,” Trump said of a potential future bailout.Other features of the package includes $350 billion in job retention loans for small businesses and nonprofits. The loans will be forgiven as long as the employers keep their workers on payroll.“Our nation needed us to go big, and go fast,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Capitol Hill.The bill will “help the people of this country weather this storm,” he said.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the package is “far from perfect,” but it’s a necessary one to protect workers and help health care providers on the front lines of the crisis, he added.“Help is on the way. Big help. Quick help,” Schumer said.The package would bolster unemployment benefits. Those who lost their job would receive an unemployment check plus $600 per week, for up to four months.This unemployment provision caused four conservative Republican senators to demand changes on Wednesday. The legislation “incentivizes layoffs” and should be altered to ensure employees don’t earn more money if they’re laid off than if they’re working, they said.“You’re going to have all these well-trained nurses that are going to make $24 an hour on unemployment,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham. “You’re literally incentivizing taking people out of the workforce.”In response, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who’s running for the Democratic presidential nomination, said he would block the bill unless the conservatives dropped their objections.“In my view, it would be an outrage to prevent working-class Americans to receive the emergency unemployment assistance included in this legislation,” Sanders said in a statement.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the package “takes us a long way down the road in meeting the needs of the American people.”On CNN, Pelosi said she hopes the House votes on it Thursday “because the urgency is very clear.”Herald wire services contributed to this report.