Stimulus check: Petition for $2K per month in US is 37,000 signatures away
- The campaign has drawn more than 2,962,640 signatures as of Saturday
- The campaign had made a significant momentum
- It also reached more than 100,000 new supporters in a week
An online petition for monthly stimulus checks of 2,000 US dollars for the duration of the pandemic is inching toward 3 million signatures, as the number of COVID-19 cases begin to rise once again in the United States ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend.
Following a summer surge in support amid a deadly wave of coronavirus, the momentum has eased for the direct cash payment campaign in the final stretch to its goal of 3 million signatures.
According to Newsweek, the Change.org petition urges the U.S. House and Senate to deliver legislation that would provide a "$2,000 payment for adults and $1,000 payment for kids immediately and continuing regular checks" until the pandemic comes to an end.
It is reportedly said that the campaign has drawn more than 2,962,640 signatures as of Saturday, with only about 34,870 new supporters in the past month and 6,000 in the past week.
During the summer wave, driven by the Delta variant, the campaign had made a significant momentum, reaching peaks of more than 100,000 new supporters in a week where families struggled the economic fallout.
Meanwhile, a senior citizens advocacy group has asked congressional lawmakers to deliver a one-time stimulus check of $1,400 to Social Security recipients amid the inflation crisis.
According to the data collected by the group, it found an estimated 6.2 percent increase to the Society Security cost of living in 2022, which greatly exceeds this year's increase of 1.3 percent to benefits.
More than 56 U.S. representatives, 21 senators and 150 economists—including Jason Furman, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under the Obama administration—have urged President Joe Biden to back recurring stimulus checks this year.
However, their pressure never translated to action. With the recent passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Democratic leaders and the White House have pivoted to passing a social safety net and climate bill that's key to Biden's agenda.
Neither bills contain any stimulus cash payments, and the Biden administration has repeatedly signaled over the past few months that stimulus is no longer a priority.