KEY POINTS

  • A petition calling for monthly recurring payments has reached 2 million signatures
  • A Colorado restaurant owner is calling for monthly checks in the amount of $2,000
  • The petition is now among the top 10 petitions that changed 2020

A petition calling for monthly recurring stimulus payments amounting to $2,000 has surpassed two million signatures.

Colorado restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin posted the petition on Change.org in 2020, setting the target signatures to three million. 

“I’m calling on Congress to support families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for kids immediately, and continuing regular checks for the duration of the crisis. Otherwise, laid-off workers, furloughed workers, the self-employed, and workers dealing with reduced hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table,” the petition read. 

“We need immediate checks and recurring payments so that we can keep our heads above water.  Congress needs to make sure that we won’t be left financially ruined for doing our part to keep the country healthy.”

The tremendous amount of support for Bonin’s petition has earned it a spot on Change.org’s top 10 petitions that changed 2020. 

Since President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, his administration has passed one round of stimulus checks of $1,400 to eligible single taxpayers and $2,800 to married couples filing jointly. 

In a speech to Congress on Wednesday, the president said the third round of payments, which are currently being distributed by the IRS, is “making a difference” to people who are struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We’ve already sent more than 160 million checks out the door. It’s making a difference. For many people, it’s making all the difference in the world," Biden said.

"A single mom in Texas who wrote me, she said she couldn’t work. She said the relief check put food on the table and saved her and her son from eviction from their apartment."

Senate Democrats and advocates have also urged the Biden administration to pass recurring relief payments to help lift Americans from financial ruin brought on by the pandemic.

“We urge you to include recurring direct payments and automatic unemployment insurance extensions tied to economic conditions in your Build Back Better long-term economic plan,” a group of 21 Senate Democrats wrote in a letter in March.

“This crisis is far from over, and families deserve certainty that they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. Families should not be at the mercy of constantly shifting legislative timelines and ad hoc solutions.”

Despite calls for another round of relief payments, Biden has not directly addressed the possibility of a fourth stimulus check.

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