4th Stimulus Check On the Way Amid Omicron Surge Across Country?: For the past several weeks, the new and highly mutated Omicron coronavirus variant has wreaked havoc across the United States and much of the world.
And once again, as witnessed in previous coronavirus waves, there will surely be financial struggles in the offing for tens of millions of hardworking Americans due to this variant surge.
There’s also a possibility that there will likely be even more pain ahead—as White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci recently warned on CNBC that the worst of the Omicron-propelled pandemic hasn’t yet occurred, predicting that latest wave could hit its peak in the country by the end of January.
Calls for 4th Stimulus Check
With this in mind, it appears that the months-long passionate calls for another round or two of stimulus checks have not been quieted one bit. The most popular among these is the Change.org petition launched by Denver restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin that is only about three thousand signatures away from hitting its three-million target.
Newsweek pointed out that the petition “failed to reach its goal in 2021, but it added about 1.25 million signatures in the second year of the pandemic.”
It continued: “As the pandemic dragged on, her petition gained traction and more than 2.9 million people supported Congress sending out recurring monthly payments to provide financial assistance to Americans.”
“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,” Bonin states in the petition. “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. Our country is still deeply struggling,”
Do be aware that there is another highly popular petition that was launched by the Senior Citizens League—but these checks would only be for recipients of Social Security benefits.
“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 says.
“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.
States Take Action on 4th Stimulus Check?
Not to be outdone, some states have taken the initiative to issue much-needed direct stimulus payments to their respective cash-strapped residents. They include Maine, California, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Tennessee.
For example, California is currently sending out another round of Golden State stimulus checks of $1,100 to those who earned less than $75,000 last year.
“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 noted 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.