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  • The Change.org petition was started last year by a restaurant owner in Denver.
  • “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,” the petition states.
  • As of Monday, the petition had more than 2 million of its 3 million signature goal.

An online petition calling on Congress to deliver $2,000 monthly stimulus checks to Americans to help remedy the economic blow caused by the coronavirus pandemic has garnered more than 2 million signatures. 

The Change.org petition was started last year by a restaurant owner in Denver, Stephanie Bonin, who noted the many hardships her business and many others have faced as a consequence of lockdowns caused by the deadly outbreak. 


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As the federal government has issued three rounds of stimulus checks over the last 15 months since the pandemic kicked off, Bonin argued that isn’t enough. 

“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,” the petition states

“It took nine months for Congress to send a stimulus check, and just moments to spend it. Another single check won’t solve our problems — people are just too far behind,” the petition says. 

“The best thing our government can do right now is send emergency money to the people on a monthly basis.” 

As of Monday, the petition had more than 2 million of its 3 million signature goal. 

The first round of stimulus checks was approved by Congress in March 2020 and included payments of up to $1,200, followed by payments of up to $600 in December. 

The third round was passed under President Biden with up to $1,400 paid to eligible Americans. 

In March, more than 20 Democratic senators signed a letter calling on President Biden to throw his support behind recurring stimulus payments, pointing out the $1,400 payment won’t hold people over for long. 

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released in March, 37 percent of adults said they or another adult in their household have had trouble paying for basic expenses in the past three months. Three-fourths of those polled said Congress is not doing enough to help people who lost a job or income due to the pandemic. 


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Published on May 03, 2021