Update on the Fourth Stimulus Check: The $2,000 Monthly Payments Petition is only 670,000 signatures away from reaching its goal.
After a little more than a year, a petition for monthly stimulus payments is only around 670,000 signatures away from reaching its objective of 3 million signatures.
The petition was started by Stephanie Bonin, a Denver restaurant owner, in March 2020, just before former President Donald Trump signed the first round of stimulus checks into law. It has gathered more than 2.3 million signatures in the last year, and if it reaches 3 million, it will be one of Change.org’s most popular petitions.
“As time goes on, Congress should make repeated checks automated if certain conditions are met. “There will be no more waiting for our government to give the assistance we require,” Bonin wrote in an update to the petition.
Automatic stabilizers allow assistance to be distributed without the necessity for a congressional debate. If they were enacted for direct payments, they would mean that when unemployment climbs above a predetermined level, stimulus checks would be handed out automatically. Payments would automatically halt if unemployment fell below that level.
Bonin and the other petition signatories aren’t the only ones pushing for the proposal to be implemented; the White House has received two letters supporting automatic stabilizers from 28 Democrats.
One letter was signed by 21 Senate Democrats, while another was signed by seven House Ways and Means Committee Democrats. Both letters asked the Biden administration to incorporate automatic stabilizers in pending legislation that would trigger both direct payouts and increased unemployment.
“The epidemic has served as a sharp reminder that amid a crisis, families and workers require certainty,” the House Ways and Means Committee wrote. “They have the right to know that they will be able to put food on the table and have a roof over their heads.”
President Joe Biden has officially supported the idea of economic triggers for increased unemployment, but has been silent on the notion of stimulus cheques. While White House press secretary Jen Psaki pointed out that stimulus checks aren’t free, the administration hasn’t ruled out the possibility of automatic stimulus check triggers.
The Economic Security Project has had discussions with the government regarding more help, according to Adam Ruben, the project’s director. This is a condensed version of the information.