Petition for $ 2,000 Monthly Gains 127,000 Supporters in Last Month
An online petition for monthly $ 2,000 stimulus checks has gained more than 127,000 new supporters in the past month, as the Delta variant continues to increase coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations in the United States. United
The Change.org petition, started by Denver restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin last year, urges the United States House and Senate to pass legislation to support families with “a $ 2,000 payment for families. adults and a payment of $ 1,000 for children immediately, and continuing regular check-ups throughout the crisis. “
The petition garnered more than 2,854,500 signatures on Saturday, with about 127,700 new supporters in the past four weeks. It will become one of the most signed on Change.org if the petition reaches its goal of 3 million signatures. “The most common reason [people sign] is that uncertain feeling, “Bonin said News week in July. “We are still in uncertain times.”
Dozens of congressional lawmakers have called for monthly stimulus checks since last May. But a recent bill for recurring direct payments hasn’t garnered much interest, signaling that the Biden administration is unlikely to go along with other federal cash payments.
Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a Democrat, introduced a bill on July 30 that would establish a universal federal basic income system. If passed, the five-year income pilot program would pay at least $ 1,200 per month to American adults earning less than $ 75,000, and dependents half the amount adults receive. Only four lawmakers – Democratic Reps Cori Bush of Missouri, Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania, Jamaal Bowman of New York and Pramila Jayapal of Washington – signed the legislation.
Twenty-one Democratic senators, led by Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden, urged President Joe Biden to support recurring stimulus checks in a letter sent on March 30. Lawmakers argued that the last federal direct payment of $ 1,400 was not enough to support low incomes. families struggling with the financial difficulties of the ongoing pandemic.
The group included a wide range of Democrats, 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, and six committee chairs in the judiciary, finance, agriculture, budget, armed services and banking.
The effort came after 56 House Democrats called on Biden to conduct recurring stimulus checks in a letter sent in January, in which they insisted “one more check is not enough” .
“It was very encouraging to see the inclusion of direct cash aid in your current economic bailout. However, it is clear that during this unprecedented time in our country’s history, we need to take action. unprecedented additional, ”the group, led by Omar, wrote in the letter.
More than 150 economists, including Jason Furman, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under the Obama administration, have also pleaded for more recurring direct aid.
But the Biden administration said it was not a priority, instead focusing on advancing a roughly $ 1,000 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a $ 1 trillion budget bill. 3.5 trillion dollars, which contains no direct payment.