An online petition for $2,000 monthly incentive checks for the duration of the pandemic is less than 45,000 signatures away from the 3 million goal.
But after a summer surge of support amid a deadly wave of the pandemic propelled by the Delta variant, momentum for the petition has waned at the last minute as COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to plummet across the country. .
The Change.org petition, launched by Stephanie Bonin, a restaurant owner in Denver, Colorado, calls on the U.S. House and Senate to pass legislation that provides for a “payment of $2,000 for adults and $1,000 for children immediately and ongoing regular checks for the duration of the crisis.”
The petition has attracted more than 2,956,600 signatures on Saturday, with only about 29,000 new supporters in the past month and 5,000 in the past week. It will become one of Change.org’s most signed petitions when it reaches its goal of 3 million signatures.
During the Delta wave over the summer, the petition gained significant momentum, peaking at more than 100,000 new supporters in a week as families struggled to weather the economic impact of the pandemic.
As that campaign approaches its benchmark of 3 million, about 75,000 people have signed a new petition demanding a one-time stimulus check for Social Security recipients amid rising inflation.
The movement, launched by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), is asking Congress to provide “emergency incentives” to help retirees, disabled adults, widows and widowers cope with the “unprecedented” year of inflation.
In a letter to congressional lawmakers, the group urged members of the House and Senate to provide an additional $14,000 in non-taxable income to Social Security recipients.
Data collected by the group found an estimated 6.2 percent increase in Social Security’s cost of living in 2022, which is much higher than this year’s 1.3 percent increase for benefits.
More than 80 congressional Democrats and 150 economists — including Jason Furman, former chairman of the Obama administration’s Council of Economic Advisers — have urged President Joe Biden to support recurring stimulus measures this year.
Yet their pressure has never been able to influence the president. With the recent passing of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Democratic leaders and the White House have now moved on to promoting a bigger social spending bill that is essential to Biden’s agenda. None of the bills include cash payments and the Biden administration has indicated that stimulus is no longer a priority.