As the Delta variant continues to increase coronavirus infections, fatalities, and hospitalizations throughout the nation, an online petition for $2,000 monthly stimulus checks has garnered more than 127,000 new backers in the last month.
$2,000 Monthly Stimulus Checks Petition is Nearly Three Million
In a recently published article in Newsweek, last year, Denver restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin started a Change.org petition urging the U.S. House and Senate to immediately pass legislation providing families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for children, as well as monthly checks throughout the length of the crisis.
As of Saturday, the petition has received over 2,854,500 signatures, with approximately 127,700 additional supporters in the last four weeks. If the petition reaches its target of 3 million signatures, it will become one of Change.org’s most popular.
According to Bonin, the most frequent reason individuals sign is an uneasy feeling, particularly since everyone is still living in uncertain times. Needless to say, millions of individuals have lost their jobs during the pandemic due to the closures of different businesses across the country, according to a report published in MSN News.
Lawmakers Push for Monthly Stimulus Checks
Since last May, dozens of congressional members have been pressing for monthly stimulus checks, but a new measure for regular direct payments hasn’t gained much momentum, indicating that the Biden administration is unlikely to support any further government cash transfers, according to a published article in Daily Advent.
Meanwhile, Oo July 30, Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar presented a measure that would create a nationwide universal basic income system. If approved, the 5-year income pilot program would pay at least $1,200 per month to U.S. adults earning less than $75,000 per year, with dependents receiving half of what adults do.
However, only four members of Congress have signed on to the bill: Democratic Representatives Cori Bush of Missouri, Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania, Jamaal Bowman of New York, and Pramila Jayapal of Washington. If all Democratic Representatives will support the bill then this could be passed into law.
Previous Stimulus Checks Petition
In a letter dated March 30, twenty-one Democratic senators, headed by Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden, asked President Joe Biden to approve regular stimulus payments. The legislators claimed that the previous government direct payment of $1,400 was insufficient to help low-income families suffering from the continuing pandemic’s financial difficulties.
A diverse group of Democrats supported, from moderates like Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Michael Bennet of Colorado to progressives like Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, as well as six committee chairs from the judiciary, finance, agriculture, budget, armed services, and banking committees.
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