There seems to be no lack of active petitions spreading around the nation calling for another round of stimulus checks.
In fact, there are presently seven petitions requesting government-issued monthly direct payments until the almost two-year-long epidemic is finished, and they have accumulated more than five million signatures as of this writing.
Take note that Congress has already authorized the delivery of three much-needed stimulus cheques to most Americans: a $1,200 check in April 2020, a $600 check in December, and the $1,400 payments approved in March under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
The most popular of the seven petitions were started by a struggling Denver restaurant owner. “I’m asking Congress to immediately help families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for children, and to continue monthly checks for the length of the crisis,” reads the Change.org petition, which is just over 30,000 signatures shy of its three-million goal.
“Everything we’ve fought so hard for has been irreversibly altered for our restaurant community.” As we observed our colleagues split the ingredients in our kitchen to go home, our hearts broke: a pitiful gesture for people who worked diligently every day.
“Some of our skilled and beloved team members, some of whom have been with us since we first opened our doors fifteen years ago, are now jobless,” it continues.
Seniors receiving Social Security seem to be demanding more direct payments to help offset growing expenses for everything from medical care and food to used automobiles.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) revealed last month that there would be a 5.9% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for next year, which was fantastic news for Social Security pensioners. Many others, however, believe that this increment is insufficient.
“While the high COLA is welcome, we have received hundreds of emails from retired and disabled Social Security recipients who say that recent low COLAs have not kept pace with their rising costs,” Mary Johnson, the Senior Citizens League’s Social Security and Medicare policy analyst, told CNN recently.
As a result, the Senior Citizens League is calling for $1,400 stimulus checks to be sent to Social Security beneficiaries.
“Social Security payments are one of the few sources of retirement income that is inflation-adjusted. However, rising inflation has had a negative impact on the family finances of elderly and handicapped Social Security users, according to the petition.
“In 2021, Social Security payouts climbed by just 1.3 percent, amounting to a monthly increase of only around $20. However, 86 percent of Social Security beneficiaries polled said their expenditures have climbed far more than that,” the article adds.