A petition for monthly stimulus checks recently passed another milestone when it broke the 2.5 million signature threshold, putting it closer to becoming one of the most signed petitions on the website. 

The petition calls for $2,000 monthly payments for adults and $1,000 monthly payments for children through the end of the health crisis. It’s garnered a steady stream of supporters over the past year, but recently, it’s seen an uptick in signatories.

In just a little over a week, the petition gained 100,000 signatures, going from 2.4 million to 2.5 million. It previously took about three weeks for the petition to go from 2.3 million to 2.4 million signatures.

If the current rate continues, the petition could reach its goal of 3 million signatures in about seven weeks. Stephanie Bonin, the petition’s creator, told Newsweek she’s confident the petition will reach its goal, in part because the pandemic gave people a perspective they may not have had prior to the country shutting down.

“People like me who have never had to go onto an assistance program are living an experience we’ve never lived and I think it’s a unifying thing. When people unify we can move mountains,” Bonin said.

Bonin created the petition last year after her restaurant in Denver had to shut down to help slow the spread of the virus. At the time of the closure, she called it a “blur” and losing their source of income to help keep others safe made for a “catastrophic” time for her and her family.

While she supported the relief Congress passed, she didn’t see it as going far enough, in part because it wasn’t consistent.

Bonin thinks it would have been easier for people to weather the storm of the pandemic if they knew there would be consistent payments, even if they were for an amount smaller than what her petition asks for.

“I keep going back to how we run households and how we budget and every day we make decisions based on our money and that’s always based on a finite amount of money whatever it is,” Bonin said.

Monthly stimulus checks have an ally in the White House, as Vice President Kamala Harris sponsored a bill last year for a similar relief measure when she was still a senator. Bonin had the opportunity to present the signatures to her and remembers Harris being impressed with the number of supporters.

The White House hasn’t publicly backed monthly stimulus checks and stopped short of supporting another round of payments. When asked about additional direct payments, press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would consider a plan from Congress but noted the measure costs money, signaling that it’s not a priority for the administration.

That is a little disappointing for Bonin, as she was excited to have a champion like Harris in the White House, but she sees the administration sending out the Child Tax Credit as monthly payments as a victory. Beginning in July, eligible parents will receive monthly payments as an advance on the credit they’re estimated to be owed after they file their 2021 taxes. Those payments will continue through December, with the second half of what is owed being paid next year.

Given that the White House has signaled support for making the expansion permanent, Bonin was surprised there wasn’t more focus on the Child Tax Credit. While she sees that as the more realistic of the two proposals, she sees her petition reaching the 3 million signature threshold because there’s still a high level of uncertainty and that’s the most common reason people give for signing.

78 thoughts on “Will We Get A Fourth Stimulus Check? Petition Hits 2.5 Million Signatures”
  1. What another waste of money. Open the country up and let the people go back to work. That will fix a lot of things.

    1. Yes stop with the endless printing of money. In the end it will cause higher inflation so you don’t gain anything. People need jobs not handouts!


  3. THERE ARE JOBS AVAILABLE FOR EVERONE. If we keep spending money that we don’t have we will go bankrupt and there will be no money for anything. If you want this economy to improve then you need to do something about it, not sit around waiting for a handout.
    Have a little pride in yourselves, don’t depend on the government that has gotten too big. We the citizens need to control our lives, not the government. What happened to the pride we felt when we accomplished a job well done? We can have that again, “the sense of accomplishment” and feel good about what we do. It’s all up to you. This country was founded on the principles of God, Love, hard work, and justice for all. Lets live up to what our for fathers fought so hard for. Our FREEDOM

  4. Forget the stimulus check. Just get going on returning my tax return. its been 15 weeks since I filled, and it was filled electronically . Go direct deposit so what is the tie up. If I owed money to the government they would want it right away. If I get what is owed to me I hope its with interest. Also its for a lot more then the stimulus, and I don’t want my grandchildren to have to be paying off that debt.

  5. People are still hurting. It’s great families are getting help, but seniors are in living on almost nothing. As prices go up on everything, seniors must try to survive on very little.

  6. This is all bogus. These are people who simply want a handout without having to do the right thing for the economy, WORK. There are plenty of jobs available. All one has to do is look for one.

  7. People need to get back to work — the government CAN NOT keep sending checks to people – we will destroy our country with free bail outs. I totally feel bad for those that have lost so much but there are other programs available to help through the tough times – I do not agree that monthly checks are the answer – it is hard to stop those payments once they stop,

  8. Of course, what better way to destroy what’s left of the nation’s economy? Give them handouts that are slightly more than they’d make working, businesses shut down from lack of employees, soon there are no jobs in America, and all become dependents of an increasingly oppressive and hostile government, with everything we get supplied by China.
    Joe’s wet dream.

  9. Go back to your old job or get another one–just like the rest of us have done–or at least those of us who actually work for a living. All that idiot congress/white house will do is fire up the printing presses again, and already a dollar is worth just about the same amount as a comparably sized piece of toilet paper. Regular payments? I take it you don’t mind mortgaging our children’s, grandchildren’s, great-grandchildren’s, etc, etc, etc, futures as long as your “gimme, gimme, gimme” butts are taken care of by those of us who work and pay the taxes (which some of those trolls in congress want to raise to 70% of our salaries). Personally, for you whining “gimmers” I hope (but place absolutely no reliance on) this never comes to pass, but it no doubt will because most of the zeros in congress are nothing but vote whores.

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