The most popular petition requests that Congress issue periodic $2,000 payments to adults and $1,000 payments to children until the pandemic is over.
From the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to persistently high inflationary pressures felt across the country, millions of Americans have had a difficult couple of years.
The White House and Congress, on the other hand, appeared to be more in step with the demands of the general public early in the health crisis when they authorized three desperately needed stimulus checks for the vast majority of Americans.
However, one year after President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan released the third direct stimulus payment, it appears that many Americans are still struggling to make ends meet.
As a result, there are presently seven stimulus check petitions requesting more government-issued direct payments. Without a question, the six million cash-strapped Americans who signed the petitions want to be heard.
Stephanie Bonin, a Denver-area restaurant owner, started the most popular petition, which asks Congress to send out periodic $2,000 payments for adults and $1,000 payments for children until the pandemic is over.
“Laid-off workers, furloughed workers, self-employed workers, and workers with reduced hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table,” reads the petition, which recently achieved its goal of three million signatures and added 35,000 more.
“For our team and other Americans who are eligible for unemployment benefits, even the maximum payouts will not be enough to save most people from falling into poverty.” Even successful small businesses can’t afford to close their doors for months at a time.
However, providing Americans with monthly assistance until they can re-establish themselves can save our communities from financial catastrophe. To keep our heads above water, we need prompt checks and recurring donations. Congress must ensure that we are not financially wrecked as a result of our efforts to keep the country healthy,” the report continues.
Another petition that has gotten a lot of attention recently is being organized by the Senior Citizens League, which is pressing Congress to approve a fourth round of stimulus checks for Social Security recipients as soon as possible. Many seniors appear to be having difficulty paying for essentials such as food and medicine as a result of record-high inflation.
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“Social Security benefits are one of the few sources of inflation-adjusted retirement income. However, rising inflation has hurt the household finances of retired and disabled Social Security users, according to the petition.
“I strongly urge you to endorse an emergency $1,400.00 stimulus check to Social Security claimants,” the letter continues.