Stimulus Checks 2022: Fourth Payment Petition Racked Up 1 Million Signatures in 2021

by Amanda Glover

A petition for a fourth stimulus check for this new year made it to 1,000,000 signatures in 2021.

The petition for $2,000 monthly stimulus checks failed to reach its goal in 2021. But another 1.25 million signatures were added for the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Denver, Colorado restaurant owner, Stephanie Bonin started the petition.

When she started the petition, she called for $2,000 monthly payments to adults, and $1,000 monthly payments to children. She discussed how the payments would assist Americans.

The petition started in March 2020. This was when many businesses shut down due to the pandemic. It gained more attention as the longer the pandemic went on. Over 2.9 million people supported the monthly distribution of payments to provide monthly assistants to Americans until they could “get back on their feet.”

After noting that it took Congress nine months to send out the second stimulus check while people only needed “moments to spend it,” Bonin made others aware of the situation.

Bonin focused on supporting expanded Child Tax Credit payments after realizing that not everyone who signed the petition would share her support. In only a few weeks, the petition gathered close to 77,000 signatures.

Whether or not stimulus checks will continue to be issued to Americans, the petition continues to gain more signatures. She recently discussed the petition with 9NEWS back in August.

“What is the change that is going to come out of COVID to make sure that we always have each other’s back?”

Bonin said during the pandemic, her husband lost his entire income. They have managed to keep the restaurant running. She still fears she may be seeing the start of another slowdown of business.

More On Bonin’s Petition on Extending Stimulus Checks

In late December, Bonin provided a recent update to her page:

“Our country is still deeply struggling. The recovery hasn’t reached many Americans. The true unemployment rate for low-wage workers is estimated at over 20% and many people face large debts from last year for things like utilities, rent, and child care. These are all reasons that checks need to be targeted to people who are still struggling and that Congress needs to learn from this past year. It took nine months for Congress to send a second stimulus check, and just moments to spend it. 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. Sign to join our movement to get recurring checks to the people.”

Bonin’s message expresses her desire to assist those in American who’ve struggled to comfortably survive while the pandemic is in full swing. We can only wait to see what happens next.