House Minority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Tuesday said he believed Americans could start getting the $1,400 direct payments included in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package by as early as next week.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Kristen Welker, Cyburn said he expected the House would vote on the package on Wednesday, and that this would allow checks to begin going out next week.

“I’m very hopeful that by the beginning of next week, as some relief can be realized,” he said, saying the payments would have to go through the machinery of government.

“The president can’t just toss the money out once he signs the bill,” he said.

Pressed by Welker whether he was saying that the checks could go out next week, Clyburn said: “That’s my thought. I used to run a state agency. I know what it’s like being an administrator.”

Clyburn acknowledged that “we’ll be at the mercy of the administrative process” but that he was hopeful checks could begin being sent out next week.