AMERICAN families could be in line to receive monthly stimulus checks worth up to $2,000 as a petition calling for more cash nears 2.7million signatures.
The petition was started by Colorado restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin and first posted on Change.org last year.
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It reads: “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.”
She urges lawmakers to target checks at Americans who are struggling to pay debts such as rent and childcare.
Bonin wrote: “Moving forward Congress needs to make recurring checks automatic if certain triggers are met.
“No more waiting around for our government to send the help we need.”
The petition gathered so much support that Change.org recognized it in its list of top 10 petitions that changed 2020.
If it hits three million, the petition will become one of the most signed on the website.
President Biden appears reluctant to introduce monthly checks worth up to $2,000.
Some lawmakers have called for a fourth and fifth payment to be introduced.
In a letter sent to Biden last week, seven Democrats from the House Ways and Means Committee expressed their support for another round of stimulus checks.
The lawmakers wrote: “The pandemic has served as a stark reminder that families and workers need certainty in a crisis.
“They deserve to know they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. They should not be at the mercy of constantly shifting legislative timelines and ad hoc solutions’
Over 20 Democratic Senators sent a letter in March, calling on Biden to enact recurring payments.
The lawmakers said: “Almost 6 in 10 people say the $1,400 payments set to be included in the rescue package will last them less than three months.”
They also argued that additional payments could help lift more than 18 million Americans up above the poverty line.
But, American families with kids under the age of six will be receiving up to $300 per month as part of the child tax credit extension.
The first check hit bank accounts by July 15 and subsequent payments will be made on the 15th day of each month.
If the 15th falls on a weekend, then payments will be slightly delayed.
Americans will receive six checks this year and are required to claim the other half of their credit when tax returns are filed, The Times Weekly reports.