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Despite President's recent warning of short-term inflation, an ongoing petition for monthly stimulus checks of $2,000 has continued to gather signatures over the past week amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Denver restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin created the Change.org petition last year, which calls for the U.S. House of Representatives andto pass legislation that would provide 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."
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The Republican senator said "we may learn something from our Democratic friends in Texas."Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, and President Joe Biden unveiled the $3.5 trillion spending proposal last week. The massive bill would work to fund childcare, provide money for education priorities, and expand health care access to millions of Americans. But Republicans have vocally opposed the plan, raising concerns about inflation and saying the bill will make Americans dependent on the government.
The petition has drawn more than 2,695,300 signatures, with about 65,000 new supporters in the past week. It will become one of Change.org's most signed petitions if it hits its goal of 3 million signatures. Bonin is confident that it will, tellingthat people sign because "we're still in uncertain times."
Support for the petition has ramped up over the past month, with about 250,000 new signatures in July, as the Delta variant continues to surge. The variant is now responsible for 83.2 percent of coronavirus infections in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ().
The petition has been routinely updated since it was launched during the first wave of the pandemic under the administration of former President.
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After Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law earlier this year, which included the third check of $1,400, Bonin said "our country is still deeply struggling. The recovery hasn't reached many Americans." She added, "We need immediate checks and recurring payments so that we can keep our heads above water."
Governments and central banks around the world have injected record amounts of money into their economies to confront the recession set off by the pandemic, including the U.S. which has passed trillions of dollars in stimulus funding.
While government spending during a recession will usually help economic recovery, government spending during an economic expansion tends to drive up inflation. Supply shortages created by the pandemic and labor shortages have also been blamed for rising inflation risks.
Biden warned of "near-term inflation" during atown hall in Cincinnati Wednesday, adding that Wall Street experts suggest it is not likely to be long term inflation.
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"It's rational when you think about it. The cost of an automobile is kind of back to what it was before the pandemic," he said. "They're up there because, in fact, there was not much call, for example, for automobiles. All of a sudden now it's coming back."
Stimulus Check Update: Californians Will Get $600 in September, Monthly $2K Petition Grows .
About 26 million of the state's 39.5 million residents can expect to receive a payment. "In partnership with the Legislature, we're providing direct relief to struggling families and money into the pockets of small business owners across the state. Your incredible resilience and perseverance have brought our state to this moment, and California is committed to making you the foundation of our recovery," Newsom said in a statement to Newsweek. With three federal stimulus checks already sent, it's unlikely that the U.S. government will move on another. However, an ongoing Change.