Petition for $ 2,000 a month nears 2.9 million supporters
A petition for monthly $ 2,000 stimulus checks has attracted nearly 2.9 million supporters as Delta’s highly virulent variant continues to increase COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations across states -United. does not translate into pressure on members of Congress.
Change.org petition, launched by Denver restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin last year, calls on the United States House of Representatives and Senate to pass legislation that would provide “a payment of $ 2,000 for adults and a payment of $ 1. $ 000 for children immediately, and ongoing regular check-ups for the duration of the crisis. . “
The petition garnered more than 2,887,000 signatures on Saturday, with around 100,000 new signatures last month. It will become one of Change.org’s most signed petitions if it reaches its goal of 3 million signatures.
Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, introduced legislation on July 30 that would establish a universal federal basic income system. Under the proposed five-year pilot program, US adults earning less than $ 75,000 would receive $ 1,200 per month and $ 600 for each dependent child.
But Omar’s guaranteed income bill only received the support of four lawmakers: Democratic Representatives Cori Bush of Missouri, Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania, Jamaal Bowman of New York and Pramila Jayapal of Washington.
More than 80 Democrats in Congress have backed new stimulus cash payments this year.
Twenty-one senators urged President Joe Biden to support a fourth round of stimulus checks in a letter sent on March 30. Lawmakers argued that the latest federal payment of $ 1,400 would not be enough to help low-income families struggling with financial hardship caused by the pandemic.
Led by Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden, the coalition of Senators included a wide range of Democrats, from moderates such as Debbie Stabenow and Michael Bennet to progressives such as Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, and six chairpersons in the fields finance, agriculture, banking and the armed services. , judicial and budgetary.
“These payments help keep families out of poverty, but they also act as an economic stimulus by increasing spending and supporting jobs,” they wrote. “Now is the time for daring.”
In a separate letter sent to Biden in January, more than 50 House Democrats also lobbied for recurring payments during the duration of the pandemic.
More than 150 economists, including Jason Furman, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under the Obama administration, pushed the federal government to support “recurring direct stimulus payments” in an open letter last year.
“Regular and sustainable direct stimulus payments will stimulate consumer spending, stimulate economic recovery and shorten the recession,” they wrote.
But despite the continued pressure, it is now clear that further stimulus checks are unlikely to be sent. The Biden administration has pivoted to advance two infrastructure bills, neither of which contains direct payments.