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White House says some could get $1,400 payments by weekend

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiFrench police deploy tear gas on protestors supporting Palestinians in Paris White House says safety of journalists is 'paramount' after Gaza building bombed Washington showing signs of normalcy after year of restrictions MORE said Thursday that people could start receiving $1,400 direct payments in their bank accounts as soon as this weekend, after President BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE signed the legislation authorizing the payments earlier in the afternoon.

"People can expect to start seeing direct deposits hit their bank accounts as early as this weekend," Psaki said during a press briefing.

She added that those payments are "just the first wave" and that more will be issued over the next several weeks.

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Biden on Thursday signed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that provides for payments to most Americans of up to $1,400 per person. Psaki said that 158.5 million households can expect to receive payments.

The speed at which the $1,400 payments are being issued is similar to the speed at which the IRS started to issue the payments of up to $600 that were enacted in December.

Those payments started to land in people's bank accounts two days after former President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE signed the legislation that authorized them.

The Biden administration faces pressure to get the relief in the new law to individuals and businesses as quickly as possible, in an effort to boost the recovery from the pandemic and the related economic downturn. While the direct payments are being disbursed quickly, other forms of assistance in the relief package could take longer to allocate.