Nearly 2.7 million signatories petition for monthly $ 2,000 stimulus checks
An online petition created last year that calls on Congress to make $ 2,000 in monthly stimulus payments until the coronavirus pandemic is over continues to garner support and is on track to meet its goal of three million signatures.
The Change.org petition, developed by Colorado restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin, speaks directly to the House and Senate, pushing lawmakers to develop a bill that would provide “$ 2,000 in payments for adults and $ 1,000 for the kids ”until the pandemic subsides. The petition garnered over 2.65 million signatures, less than 400,000 of reaching its overall goal.
“Our country is still deeply in trouble,” Bonin wrote in an updated version of the petition.
“The recovery has not reached many Americans – the true unemployment rate for low-wage workers is estimated at over 20 [percent] and many people are facing large debts from the past year for things like utilities, rent and child care, ”she added. “These are all reasons why controls must be targeted at the people who are still struggling and which Congress must learn from the past year. It took Congress nine months to send out a second stimulus check, and a few moments to spend it. ”
Millions of Americans remain unemployed as the unemployment rate stood at 5.9% in June, a figure almost double what it was before the pandemic. Despite small economic gains and falling unemployment, Congressional Democrats and some Americans are pushing for a fourth stimulus payment or recurring checks tied to economic conditions.
Bonin said News week that she is “confident” that the petition will reach its goal of three million signatures.
“People like me who have never had to participate in an aid program are having an experience that we have never had and I think it is a unifying thing,” she said. “When people unite, we can move mountains. ”
The federal government has already sent three rounds of direct aid to low- and middle-income households since the start of the crisis.
President Joe Biden has approved stimulus payments of $ 1,400 for people earning up to $ 75,000 per year, as well as couples earning less than $ 150,000 per year and heads of households earning up to 112 $ 500. The relief package sends an additional $ 1,400 per eligible dependent.
Congress also approved two pandemic overhauls during former President Donald Trump’s stay in the White House, sending Americans $ 1,200 from the Cares law passed in March and $ 600 from a pandemic measure in December.
“To move forward, Congress must automate recurring checks if certain triggers are met. No more waiting for our government to send the help we need, ”Bonin wrote. “Sign up to join our movement to get recurring checks for the people. ”
Rachel Bucchino is a journalist at National interest. His work appeared in The Washington Post, American News and World Report and The hill.