So we need to continue to have that bridge to ensure that the economic recovery affects everyone in the economy and brings people back into the workforce. We need a healthy economy across the spectrum of society. A second, smaller stimulus check would be a way to keep the cost below the $1 trillion reduction price that Republican lawmakers have said in the past they would support. Last week, the White House proposed a $918 billion plan with maximum stimulus controls of $600. This was rejected by Democratic leaders because the proposal also cut $300 in weekly federal unemployment insurance benefits that would help support job seekers by April. With major federal assistance programs for the unemployed set to expire by the end of the year, the question remains as to what could replace them. .