Will the US get a fourth petition on Change.org, a website that lets users start and circulate petitions. This online call for a follow-up was started by Stephanie Bonin and is directed at the US Senate and House of Representatives. Bonin's goal is to receive 3 million online signatures, or just under 1% of the US population. "Our country is still deeply struggling," the petition says. "Many people face large debts from last year for things like utilities, rent and ."? That's certainly the hope of more than 2.1 million people who signed a
"We'll see what members of Congress propose," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday when asked whether President Joe Biden supports another . (Here's how to .)
Meanwhile, Biden has laid out. While neither explicitly contains another check, the new plans, combined with the hint at other ways you could get thousands of dollars in benefits or tax breaks, including from the , and up to . Here's how to and find out if for a previous tax refund. This story was updated with new information.
Could the new stimulus plans include a fourth stimulus check?
Theapproved in March is Biden's first stimulus package, with its , and an running into 2022. ( for the .)
The Biden administration advocates urging of progressive senators (PDF).. The first proposal, called the American Jobs Plan, aims to invest in the nation's energy grid, , and water systems -- and , despite the
However, Democratic members of the House and Senate have thrown their weight behind a fourth stimulus check, including recurring or monthly payments. Earlier this spring, a group of 10 progressive lawmakers, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, asked Biden to include regular stimulus payments (PDF) in his next stimulus bill.
"We urge you to include recurring direct payments and automatic unemployment insurance extensions tied to economic conditions in your Build Back Better long-term economic plan," the statement said. A few weeks later, another group of 21 Democrats made a similar request to Biden.
How the next stimulus 'check' could look
The American Rescue Plan contains three types of payments with money going directly to individuals, one of which is the $1,400 stimulus check. It's possible a future bill could extend or introduce more money through direct checks that go to specific groups of recipients, including parents who earn below a certain income or people out of work.
Here are the three types of direct payments approved in the March 2021 bill:
Stimulus checks: The one-timehave been sending up to to those . (Here's what to know about for people who may get more money on top of the check they already received.)
Child tax credit: An expansion of thesends qualifying families up to $3,600 for each child -- you can here. These periodic checks will last through the end of the year, with a final payment in 2022.
Federal unemployment bonus: A monthlyis being sent until Sept. 6 at up to $300 a month, in addition to state benefits for unemployed workers.
Future payments could arrive these 4 ways
The third leg of Biden's economic stimulus strategy -- called the-- could include more money going out directly to individuals and families. Here's how.
Approve recurring payments: Biden's third proposal is the next likely place for Congress to provide more funding. This is where Democratic senators are calling on Biden to push for recurring fourth stimulus checks during the pandemic.
Pass a minimum wage hike: Some senators continue to look for ways to Sens. Mitt Romney and Kyrsten Sinema have also pitched a hike. Some proponents want to set the bar at a $15 hourly wage but others are looking to go to $11 an hour. "If any senator believes this is the last time they will cast a vote on whether or not to give a raise to 32 million Americans, they are sorely mistaken," Sanders tweeted on March 5. A February report from the Brookings Institute models how a $15 minimum wage could help make 37% of US households financially self-sufficient., which currently stands at $7.25 per hour. In his speech before Congress, Biden called on the legislators to raise the minimum wage to $15.
Renew federal unemployment payments beyond September: Along with recurring payments, the 10 progressive senators in their letter to Biden requested he also extend federal unemployment assistance beyond September.
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