The Treasury Department said Wednesday it sent about $37 million as part of the stimulus payments. This brings the total disbursed in the past two weeks to $325 billion.
According to NBC Washington, the second batch of payments sent out this week followed an initial 90 million payments made in the week after President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion COVID relief measure on March 11.
Treasury said the plan aims to keep rolling out payments in batches over the coming weeks. Like the first round of stimulus payments, this latest group included direct deposits, as well as paper checks and debit cards mailed to households.
The first group of 90 million payments totaled $242 billion. The second batch of 37 million stimulus payments totals about $83 billion.
Of the second amount, 17 million payments were direct deposits into bank accounts totaling $38 billion and nearly 15 million paper checks with a total value of nearly $34 billion. In addition, 5 million prepaid debit cards were mailed out in the second batch with a total value of around $11 billion.
Who qualifies for checks?
An applicant must have had income below $75,000 on his or her last tax return to receive the full $1,400 payment, while those who earned between $75,000 and $80,000 would receive a check for $700.
Couples with joint income of less than $160,000 on their last tax return will receive a check for $1,400, while couples with income of less than $150,000 will get the full $2,800 direct payment ($1,400 each).