Petitions for monthly $ 2,000 stimulus checks surpass 3.5 million signatures
Six ongoing petitions calling on President Joe Biden and Congress to provide monthly $ 2,000 stimulus checks for the duration of the pandemic have now surpassed 3.5 million signatures – as COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations continue to decline in the United States after a summer wave.
But as petitions for cash payments continue to gain traction online, that support is not translating into pressure on members of Congress.
The biggest Change.org petition for the recurring stimulus checks – created by Denver restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin – calls on the United States Senate and House of Representatives to pass a bill that would provide “monthly payments of $ 2,000 for adults and $ 1,000 for children âuntil the end of the pandemic.
The petition garnered more than 2,935,731 signatures on Saturday, with an estimated 48,731 new supporters in the past month. It will become one of Change.org’s most signed petitions if it reaches its goal of 3 million signatures.
Five small petitions on Change.org calling for recurring cash payments have also been supported in recent months.
The first little petition, launched under the Trump administration, calls on the federal government to “fight for the monthly payments”. More than 74,000 signed the petition on Saturday, just 1,000 signatures below its goal of 75,000.
A second smaller petition calls on Biden and both houses of Congress to support a group of senators who have called on the White House to include new stimulus checks in the next federal stimulus bill. The petition collected 60,877 signatures on Saturday.
In March, Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts along with other progressive lawmakers sent a letter asking the Biden administration to support recurring stimulus checks.
A third small petition calls on the Biden administration and Congress to immediately provide “$ 2,000 and more for every American per month”. The petition was originally started by John Smith with a goal of 50,000 signatures, but Smith changed the benchmark to 300,000 after gaining more support than expected. More than 219,832 signed the petition on Saturday.
A fourth petition, launched by Tyson Su, calls on the Senate to enact legislation that would provide monthly checks of $ 2,000 until the end of the pandemic for the unemployed and those with an annual salary of less than $ 130,000. The petition collected 179,539 signatures on Saturday.
A fifth little petition, launched by Clayton Morris, demands that “the richest country in the world” provide its citizens with $ 2,000 in monthly cash payments until the end of this pandemic. He collected around 31,354 signatures on Saturday.
Collectively, the six petitions attracted over 3,501,333 signatures and continued to receive support over the weekend.
More than 80 Congressional Democrats and more than 150 economists, including Jason Furman, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under the Obama administration, have backed new stimulus payments this year.
Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, 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.
The bill received the support of only four lawmakers: Democratic Representatives Cori Bush, Dwight Evans, Jamaal Bowman and Pramila Jayapal.
Despite the pressure, the Biden administration has signaled that stimulus is no longer a priority, turning instead to the advance of a $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and a spending program of several. trillions of dollars, which contains no direct payment.
Congressional leaders have also expressed no intention of adding cash payments to their fall legislative agenda.