As the coronavirus pandemic continues, struggling Americans are still hoping for another round of stimulus checks, and some are pushing for more than that: recurring payments.
Earlier in the pandemic, Stephanie Bonin, a restaurant owner in Denver, started a Change.org petition calling for $2,000 in recurring payments to every American until the pandemic is over.
Today, the petition stands at over 2.9 signatures (well, at the time of publication), almost the goal of 3 million. With 3 million signatures, Bonin’s petition will become one of Change.org’s top campaigns.
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In August, Bonin spoke to KUSA-TV as the petition gained momentum and as the Delta variant emerged as the dominant strain of COVID-19.
“What is the change that will come from COVID to ensure we always have each other back?” Bonin asked via KUSA, as she highlighted the impact the pandemic has had on the restaurant industry, including friends in the company. “Right now it feels extra important with the petition because the delta has become the next thing.”
Bonin said that as a result of the pandemic, her husband, who is self-employed, lost his income. Although the restaurant is still open, she fears another delay, according to the NBC affiliated outlet.
“One of the indicators we’re seeing is our to-go orders are rising again,” she said in August. “Once the vaccines came out, it was just a nosedive, people were ready to stop taking to-go orders and I think it was four weeks ago that all of a sudden there was unwillingness in the form of, ‘I’m going to go back. to ordering curbs.’”
While there is no clear answer as to whether Congress is aware of the petition, it is gaining momentum in more signatures and only raising awareness. It is clear that Bonin is not alone in her petition. Change.org has served as a platform for many stimulus-related campaigns.
Also, progressive lawmakers are part of the fight for the fourth round of stimulus controls and/or recurring stimulus controls until the pandemic ends. Progressive lawmakers have written letters asking for future recurring payments, and “automatic stabilizers” or automatic payments to be deposited into Americans’ bank accounts in the near future.
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Although parents receive recurring incentive payments with the child discount. But that currently ends in December, with the remaining amount to be claimed when the 2021 taxes are filed. However, Democrats are pushing for a proposal to extend the child tax credit through 2025 or indefinitely.
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Still, the White House’s focus in the meantime appears to be on Biden’s infrastructure bill and other issues, not stimulus. Although many other specialized stimulus checks are currently being filed: state-specific stimulus checks, task-specific stimulus checks, and even homeowners or renters.