Fourth stimulus payment petition nears 3 million signatures


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A petition calling for a monthly stimulus payment of $ 2,000 to every American is approaching 3 million signatures online.

The petition was posted on by Denver restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin and called on Congress to develop legislation that would offer families “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 (COVID -19) crisis.

As of Monday morning, the petition had collected more than 2,772,340 signatures.

While at least 14 Democratic senators and more than 50 Democratic House members voted in favor of a fourth stimulus payment or recurring payments, Republicans have not expressed a desire to see more checks sent, making it unlikely that another round of stimulus checks will be issued.

Many GOP members point to the rebounding economy and fear of fueling inflation as the reason for their opposition to sending more federal funds in the form of stimulus checks.

Senatorial Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, criticized Democrats last week for “billions in out of control spending” and “painful inflation.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Has suggested that President Joe Biden “wake up” to inflation.

The 14 Democratic senators expressing support for another payment sent Biden a letter in March saying, “These payments help keep families out of poverty, but they also act as an economic stimulus by increasing spending and supporting families. jobs, ”they wrote. “Now is the time for daring. “

“This crisis is far from over, and families deserve the confidence that they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads,” part of the letter read. “Families should not be at the mercy of constantly changing legislative timetables and ad hoc solutions. “

The Senate Democrats who signed the letter calling for more payments are: Michael Bennet of Colorado; Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut; Cory Booker from New Jersey; Tammy Duckworth from Illinois; Dick Durbin from Illinois; Kirsten Gillibrand from New York; Mazie Hirono from Hawaii; Ed Markey of Massachusetts; Jeff Merkley of Oregon; Alex Padilla from California; Bernie Sanders from Vermont; Debbie Stabenow from Michigan; Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden of Oregon.

Fifty-three House Democrats sent a similar letter to Biden in January calling for recurring stimulus payments.

In July 2020, the Economic Security Project and the Justice Collaborative sent a letter calling on then-President Donald Trump and Congress to provide “regular and sustainable direct stimulus payments” to American families.

The letter was signed by more than 150 economists.

The latest stimulus check came out of the American Rescue Plan Act and since March 171 million people have received up to $ 1,400 each.

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