While there are millions of still-struggling Americans who are clinging to hope of getting their hands on another round or two of stimulus checks, know that the chances of that happening will continue to trend southward as each week passes.
However, it appears that all is not lost—as the Senior Citizens League is currently hard at work at making stimulus checks a reality for one particular group: Social Security beneficiaries.
‘Forgotten About Us’
“We’ve heard from thousands of them (seniors) who have exhausted their retirement savings, who have started eating just one meal a day, started cutting their pills in half because they can’t afford their prescription drugs, to list just a few of the drastic steps so many have had to take because of what inflation has done to them this year,” the group’s letter to members of Congress states.
“Many have written to us that ‘our government has forgotten about us,’” it continues.
The Senior Citizens League’s new petition, which has already garnered more than a million signatures, is pressing Congress to quickly approve a fourth round of stimulus checks that would send $1,400 direct payments to only recipients of the Social Security program.
“Social Security benefits are one of the few types of income in retirement adjusted for inflation. But soaring inflation has taken a toll on household finances of retired and disabled Social Security recipients,” the group writes.
“In 2021 Social Security benefits increased by just 1.3 percent raising the average benefit by only about $20 a month. But about 86 percent of Social Security recipients surveyed say their expenses increased by much more than that amount. … I strongly urge you that now is the time that you must support an emergency $1,400.00 stimulus check to Social Security recipients,” it adds.
Continued Stimulus Calls
Do take note that there are several other petitions that are demanding recurring monthly checks for the general population. The most popular among those was launched by Colorado restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin.
“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,” reads the petition, which is only about fifty thousand signatures away from reaching its three-million goal.
Bonin also took time to throw her support behind the new and expanded child tax credits.
“Being ignored, being left behind or worse being shown love and then it is taken away. All things we now describe as … being ghosted. Don’t ghost the families of America, Congress!” she writes.
“This Halloween let’s spread the word that the scariest thing is Congress ghosting America by taking away the checks being sent directly to our families, the expanded Child Care Tax Credits. … When I say American families I mean all of us … the dreamers, those who don’t make enough to file taxes and all of you wonderful retired grandparents taking care of your grandkids,” she continues.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.