An online petition that began in 2020 calling for monthly stimulus checks of $ 2,000 for every American during the pandemic is now a little short of its target of 3 million signatures. On Saturday evening, there were 2,984,500 signatures.
With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 rampant, a record number of people catching COVID again – even if they are vaccinated – and sports leagues being hit hard by the virus, calls for another round of stimulus checks could become stronger.
Stephanie Bonin, a restaurant owner in Denver, Colorado, started her petition on Change.org last year, and it has grown over the course of the year as many people are still out of work.
“I call on Congress to support families with a payment of $ 2,000 for adults and a payment of $ 1,000 for children immediately, and by continuing regular check-ups throughout the duration of the crisis,” the petition states. .
Although Bonin’s petition has gained more than 48,000 new supporters in the past six weeks, Congress as a whole is unlikely to be confused.
The first stimulus checks issued to Americans in 2020 – under former President Donald Trump – were $ 1,200 per person, plus an additional $ 500 for each dependent. These began to touch bank accounts in April 2020.
The second stimulus checks, later in 2020, were $ 600 per adult with an additional $ 600 for each dependent. A third stimulus check was issued at $ 1,400 per adult after Joe Biden took office in January 2021.
There are other petitions calling for similar recurring monthly stimulus funds, but they are all noticeably smaller than the one started by Bonin.
The petition with the most signatures began at the height of lockdowns and mass unemployment due to the pandemic. The organizer of the petition said it was heartbreaking to watch his employees struggle.
“Our restaurant community struggles to see everything we have all worked so hard for has changed irrevocably,” the petition says. “Our hearts were breaking when we saw our staff sorting out ingredients in our kitchen and taking them home – a dismal sign to the employees who worked tirelessly every day. Our talented and cherished team, some of whom have been with us since we opened our doors 15 years ago, are now without income. “
In total, seven petitions have collectively collected over 4 million signatures. Biden, however, has shown no indication that he will go ahead with a monthly payment plan. At least for now.
Last spring, more than 80 Democrats in Congress showed their support for recurring payments, and Vice President Kamala Harris also backed it. Six members of the Ways and Means Committee even wrote the president a letter encouraging him to include recurring monthly checks in the US family plan.
The White House has said from the start that recurring payments will be too expensive, but the administration has said it will consider a plan proposed by Congress.