‘Surprise’ Omicron stimulus checks may be on the way as calls for cash increase before Christmas – Community News
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‘Surprise’ Omicron stimulus checks may be on the way as calls for cash increase before Christmas

FURIOUS Americans are calling on Joe Biden to introduce another round of stimulus funds as concerns over the Omicron Covid variant mount.

Omicron has yet to hit the US, but the president labeled the species a “cause for concern” when addressing Americans on Monday.

Americans call on Joe Biden to introduce another round of stimulus money over fears Omicron Covid variant could hit US

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Americans call on Joe Biden to introduce another round of stimulus money over fears Omicron Covid variant could hit USCredit: Getty

There’s no evidence yet that the White House will roll out another round of checks despite the emergence of the new variant, but it hasn’t stopped poor Americans from demanding another round of payments.

One Twitter user said: “Omicron?!?!?! I think this calls for a new stimulus check.”

Another commented: “Omicron is leading to lockdowns. Lockdowns lead to job losses. Lost jobs lead to stimulus checks. Stimulus checks lead to more votes.”

The user shared a GIF of the Star Wars character Yoda rubbing his paws.

And a third said: “I am not ready for a new Covid variant, but I am interested in a new stimulus control.”

Previously, three rounds of stimulus checks were distributed to eligible Americans to help with pandemic-related layoffs and stimulate the economy.

Biden said the variant is “no need to panic” as he tried to reassure financial markets.

South African scientists first reported the variant to the World Health Organization on November 24.

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Biden said, “If omicron arrives and it does, America will face this new threat, just as we have faced those who have come before it.”

But some Americans will get a cash boost, though another round of federal checks seems unlikely at the moment.

About 20,000 households in the most impoverished districts of Santa Ana, California will receive a $300 prepaid Visa debit card.

A total of $6 million in payments will be sent to poor neighborhoods as part of the Revive Santa Ana Resident Stimulus Program.

It is part of the Revive Santa Ana $160 million recovery initiative designed to boost the city’s economy after the Covid-19 crisis.

In a Nov. 16 statement, officials confirmed the additional money had been approved by city lawmakers.

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Officials will deliver the cards door-to-door beginning Dec. 4, according to The Orange County Register.

They can be used in rural stores that accept Visa, but residents are encouraged to buy locally.

Mayor Vicente Sarmiento said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the residents of Santa Ana, especially those who live in poverty-stricken neighborhoods with overcrowded living conditions.

“The Resident Stimulus Program will help families recover from the economic effects of the pandemic while also returning money to our local economy.”

More than 500,000 Americans in Maine will receive a $285 incentive check.

The state’s Department of Administrative and Financial Services began issuing these checks on Nov. 15 and will continue to send them through the end of the year.

And a bonus incentive check has been proposed by Republican lawmakers in Illinois to help struggling residents of the state.

If it becomes law, individual taxpayers earning less than $75,000 would receive a check for $200, while the amount is $400 for joint filers earning less than $150,000, according to WCIA.

GOP state representative Tom Demmer said the aid would “mirror” some of the financial support given by the federal government in recent years.

He added, “$400 won’t solve all problems, but it could have a positive impact.”

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