Against this extremely worrying backdrop, millions of hard-working Americans are trying their best every day to support themselves and their families.
Aware of the widespread financial woes early in the pandemic, Congress authorized the delivery of three much-needed supplies Stimulus Checks for most Americans. A $1,200 check arrived in April 2020, $600 in December, and a $1,400 payment in early 2021 as part of President Joe Biden’s American bailout plan.
More stimulus Just a pipe dream?
For many cash-strapped, pandemic-weary Americans, however, those three checks aren’t nearly enough. But can Americans expect more government stimulus checks in the future?
“Unless conditions worsen dramatically, it’s unlikely that more direct stimulus checks will be sent out over the next year,” Carter Seuthe, CEO of Credit Summit Payday Loan Consolidation, told Personal Finance Resource Site GOBankingRates.com.
“The current administration has shown little appetite to enact such measures by executive order, and Congress is reluctant to enact major infrastructure spending,” Seuthe also said.
Despite the seemingly slim likelihood of passing another round of stimulus checks, that hasn’t stopped ordinary Americans from speaking out on the issue. In fact, seven petitions are currently circulating for more stimulus checks. Together, these petitions have garnered well over five million signatures, and counting.
Among these passionate calls, Change.org is by far the most popular petition created by pandemic-hit Denver-area restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin.
“I am one of millions of Americans who fear for my financial future because of this coronavirus crisis,” read the petition, which recently eclipsed its stated goal three million signatures.
“I call on Congress to provide immediate assistance to families with a $2,000 payment for adults and $1,000 for children and to continue regular screenings for the duration of the crisis,” it said.
Looking to California?
Policymakers in Washington have been largely silent on whether more stimulus payments are needed, but it appears California has already said more stimulus checks will be on their way to its residents.
“We expect in May’s revised language when I update the budget that we’ll likely have an additional rebate for taxpayers,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said recently told reporters.
The state is currently issuing the final batch of $1,100 Golden State Stimulus checks. About two in three state residents are eligible for a share of the $12 billion in stimulus payments.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington-based science and technology editor who has held positions at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him LinkedIn.