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Petition nearly 4 million signatures as California sends payments

Online petitions urging the federal government to support additional incentives are approaching the combined 4 million signatures, as California continues to send hundreds of thousands of direct payments.

While it currently seems unlikely Congress will approve any more stimulus check payments, online activists continue to rally supporters asking for additional payments or recurring $2,000 monthly checks.

Previously, Congress approved three rounds of stimulus checks that went to most Americans, including a $1,200 first payment in March 2020, a $600 payment in December 2020, and a third check for $1,400 as part of President’s U.S. bailout plan. Joe Biden last spring.

But as the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many Americans believe the federal government needs to do more to support the public. A popular Change.org petition calling for $2,000 monthly payments has now garnered nearly 3 million signatures. At the time of writing, more than 2,956,000 people had the demand back.

“I call on Congress to support families with an immediate $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for children, and continue regular checks for the duration of the crisis. Otherwise, layoffs, laid-off workers, the self-employed , and employees dealing with reduced working hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table,” the petition reads.

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Millions of Americans are urging the federal government to pay additional stimulus checks for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this photo, President Donald Trump’s name appears on the coronavirus economic assistance checks sent to citizens across the country on April 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
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Several other online petitions have also gained significant public support. Nearly 390,000 people have signed a new Change.org campaign calling on Biden to approve “giving everyone $2,000 a month in Universal Basic Income (UBI)” until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

A separate petition makes a similar demand. “Providing monthly support to Americans (at least $2,000 per person) until they are back on their feet could save our communities from financial ruin,” it said. More than 225,000 people have supported that online effort.

Nearly 183,000 people have again signed a petition urging the government to give most Americans $2,000 a month. It also demands waivers of rent and mortgage payments “for the duration of the pandemic”.

Meanwhile, California has approved two rounds of its own additional stimulus checks. Hundreds of thousands of those payments, approved over the summer, are still being sent to Californians. Nearly 800,000 additional incentive checks were deposited or shipped directly in the West Coast state as of Friday, according to the state’s Franchise Tax Board.

When the payments were approved earlier this year, the administration of Democratic Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, said about two-thirds of Californians would qualify for payments of $600. In addition, state residents could receive an additional $500. for dependents.

The latest California incentive check disbursement will bring the total of payments sent to more than 6 million. Earlier this year, the state also provided another $600 one-time payment to lower-income California residents.

While there is currently no plan at the federal level to broadcast additional stimulus measures, many lawmakers have publicly supported the idea. More than 80 members of the House and Senate have signed letters or proposals in support of further direct payments or recurring monthly incentives for the duration of the pandemic.