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$2,000 Stimulus Checks Are Coming to One Very Special Group

Stimulus Check
Stimulus Check

A $2,000 Stimulus Checks Are Coming for One Group: For the past several weeks, the new and highly mutated Omicron coronavirus variant has instilled fears among many Americans that the ongoing pandemic fight could be pushed back to square one.

And amid the fast-rising cases of this strain, it appears that some Americans are already feeling the economic effects—offering even more fuel to the already rampant calls for another round or two of stimulus checks. As of this writing, the highly popular Change.org petition launched by Denver restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin is fewer than three thousand signatures away from hitting its ambitious three-million target, but that hasn’t pushed those in the White House and Congress to take any meaningful action to get something done.

$2,000 Stimulus Checks Approved

It appears that the petition’s demand for $2,000 payment for adults and $1,000 for children until the health crisis ends won’t be met, but it is a wholly different story at the three hundred fifty thousand-member strong Navajo Nation, as its tribal council has voted to issue $2,000 checks to each qualified adult and $600 for each child. The money will come from the $557 million in federal coronavirus relief funds, according to The Associated Press.

“It has been over eight months since President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act and our Navajo people should not suffer another day without knowing how their government will assist them as they suffer from grief, mental health and financial hardship,” Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty noted in a statement.

Roughly two hundred fifty thousand adults will each receive $2,000 checks and parents or guardians of ninety-five thousand tribal members under the age of eighteen will get $600 for each child. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez also green-lighted $300 checks for tribal residents aged sixty and older who previously showed that they needed extra financial assistance.

“A second allocation of hardship assistance payments … will allow our relatives to purchase essential winter supplies like gasoline, firewood, and food now,” Crotty added.

State-Issued Payments

There are no $2,000 checks waiting for those outside of Navajo Nation, but some states have taken the initiative to disburse much-needed direct stimulus payments—on a smaller scale—to their respective residents. They include Maine, California, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Tennessee.

Currently, California is issuing another round of Golden State stimulus checks of $1,100 to residents who earned less than $75,000 last year. Approximately two out of every three Californians have been deemed eligible for a share of the $12 billion in stimulus payments.

“The Golden State Stimulus is key to lifting up those hit hardest by the pandemic and supporting California’s economic recovery, putting money directly in the hands of folks who will spend it on basic needs and within their local communities,” Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

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.

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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.

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