An online petition requesting $2,000 monthly stimulus checks for the duration of the pandemic is just over 45,000 votes in total away from reaching its goal of 3 million.
However, momentum for the petition has waned in the final stretch as COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to fall across the country, following a summer surge in support amid a deadly wave of the pandemic driven by the Delta variant.
Stephanie Bonin, a restaurant owner in Denver, Colorado, started a Change.org petition calling for the US House and Senate to pass legislation that would provide a “$2,000 payment for adults and $1,000 payment for kids immediately, with regular checks continuing for the duration of the crisis.”
As of Saturday, the petition had received over 2,956,600 signatures, with only approximately 29,000 potential supporters in the last month and 5,000 over the last week. If it achieves its aim of 3 million signatures, it will become one of Change.org’s most popular petitions.
As families struggled to weather the economic fallout of the pandemic during the summer Delta wave, the petition gained significant traction, reaching peaks of over 100,000 new supporters in a week.
Around 75,000 people have signed a new petition demanding a one-time stimulus check for Social Security recipients in the face of rising inflation as that campaign approaches the 3 million marks.
The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) has launched a campaign asking Congress to provide “emergency stimulus” to help retired people, adults with disabilities, widows, and widowers cope with this year’s “unprecedented” rising prices.
In a report to Congress, the group urged members of the House and Senate to give Social Security recipients an extra $1,4000 in non-taxable income.
According to the data gathered by the group, the cost of living for Social Security beneficiaries is expected to rise by 6.2 percent in 2022, far exceeding the 1.3 percent increase in benefits this year.
More than 80 Democrats in Congress and 150 economists, including Jason Furman, the former chair of the Obama administration’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, have urged President Joe Biden to encourage repeated stimulus checks this year.
Despite this, the president was never swayed by their pressure. Following the bipartisan infrastructure bill’s recent passage, Democratic leaders and the White House have shifted their focus to advancing a larger social spending bill, which is central to Biden’s agenda. There are no cash payments in either bill, and the Biden administration has stated that stimulus is no longer a priority.
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