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Stimulus check latest updates – Millions call for monthly relief payments until Covid pandemic ends

MILLIONS of Americans have joined the call for monthly stimulus checks until the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

Over 2.1million people have signed a Change.org petition demanding Congress support families with $2,000 a month for adults and an additional $1,000 for kids through the duration of the pandemic.

This comes as Californai Gov Gavin Newsom said his state will send stimulus checks to two-thirds of its residents in an expansion of the “Golden State Stimulus” plan.

The expansion means qualifying residents will receive a one-time stimulus payment of $600 or $1,200, and families with children will receive another $500.

The Golden State plan was announced earlier this year, but the expansion was announced Monday.

The move comes as Americans wait to see if a fourth round of stimulus payments could potentially be included in President Joe Biden's next coronavirus relief package.

Biden is currently working on two stimulus proposals, which currently focus on creating jobs and supporting families respectively, and do not include another stimulus payment at the moment.

However, many are hopeful that additional stimulus checks and student loan forgiveness will also make the cut.

Read our stimulus live blog for the latest on Covid relief money...

  • SEARCHES FOR FOURTH STIMULUS CHECK INFO ROSE AFTER BIDEN ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

    After President Joe Biden gave his joint address to Congress on April 28, searches for information about another stimulus check went up.

    During his speech marking his first 100 days in office, Google searches for "fourth stimulus" checks jumped.

    Searches for "Biden fourth stimulus" and "Biden fourth stimulus check" increased 250 percent as Biden delivered his first address, Newsweek reported.

    The White House has not yet signaled support for additional stimulus checks.

  • BIDEN TOUTED STIMULUS CHECKS IN ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

    Although he does not seem to support sending out another stimulus payment, President Joe Biden praised the previous payments in his recent address to Congress.

    "We kept our commitment, Democrats and Republicans, of sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85 percent of American households," Biden said during his address.

    "We've already sent more than 160 million checks out the door. It's making a difference. You all know it when you go home. For many people, it's making all the difference in the world."

  • TRUMP THINKS STIMULUS CHECKS SHOULD STOP BEING SENT OUT

    Former President Donald Trump has called to stop sending stimulus checks as businesses "can't get people to work when they have extra cash."

    "The stimulus is making it so that people won't work," Trump claimed in an interview on Thursday.

    "Businesses cannot get people to work."

  • WHAT IS THE GOLDEN STATE STIMULUS?

    Some Californians will see additional stimulus money on top of the federal stimulus payments from the Trump and Biden administrations.

    Under Gavin Newsom’s new bumper stimulus package, or the Golden State Stimulus, some families in that state stand to receive an extra $500 payment.

    The measure is part of the Governor's $100 billion California Comeback Plan.

    Golden State stimulus checks will be expanded under the proposals and two-thirds of Californians will be eligible to receive increased payments.

  • WHAT WERE ALL THE STIMULUS CHECK AMOUNTS?

    Some Americans are still awaiting their third stimulus payment, which can total $1,400.

    That's in addition to two previous relief payments that went out under the Trump administration.

    Those payments were for $1,200 and then $600 and went to millions of Americans.

  • WHAT ARE SUPPLEMENTAL STIMULUS PAYMENTS? SOME AMERICANS SHOULD EXPECT THEM

    Some "plus-up" and supplemental stimulus payments are still going out —last batch included more than five hundred seventy thousand of them and more are expected soon.

    But what exactly are these supplemental payments?

    The IRS has stated that these supplemental funds are "for people who earlier in March received payments based on their 2019 tax returns but are eligible for a new or larger payment based on their recently processed 2020 tax returns."

  • MORE THAN A MILLION STIMULUS CHECKS WERE SENT OUT LAST WEEK

    Millions of stimulus checks have already gone out to Americans, but the IRS is still issuing some of them.

    Another 1.1million stimulus checks — totaling more than $2 billion — were sent via mail and direct deposit on May 5.

    Check the IRS Get my Payment tool if you're still missing yours.

  • PETITION FOR MORE STIMULUS CHECKS COULD REACH THREE MILLION SIGNATURES

    A Change.org petition pushing for more Covid relief money started last year by restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin has over 2 million signatures.

    If it reaches three million, it will become one of the most signed petitions on the platform.

    "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 wrote.

    Some politicians agree more stimulus payments are needed, but the White House and Congress don't currently have plans to pass a fourth stimulus check.

  • MILLIONS OF STIMULUS PAYMENTS HAVE GONE OUT TO AMERICANS

    Millions of Americans have received stimulus payments in the past few months to help with the financial strains of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    According to CNET, 164 million payments have been made to Americans since March.

    Those are in addition to the $1,200 and then $600 stimulus checks issued by the Trump administration.

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN DOES NOT APPEAR TO BACK RECURRING STIMULUS PAYMENTS

    Several lawmakers and even a popular Change.org petition are calling for recurring stimulus checks until the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    However, President Joe Biden does not currently seem to support the idea.

    There are also not currently enough members of Congress that would vote to pass a bill with recurring monthly relief payments.

  • 75 LAWMAKERS WANT MORE STIMULUS CHECKS

    75 lawmakers are now backing more stimulus relief checks for Americans.

    The politicians believe that the one-time $1,400 stimulus check provided by President Biden is not enough for those still struggling during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Back in January, Representative Ilhan Omar and 55 other Democrats sent a letter to Biden urging for him to support recurring stimulus checks.

  • MORE STIMULUS PAYMENTS GOING OUT THIS WEEK

    Another batch of $1,400 stimulus payments is expected to be released this week.

    The Internal Revenue Service is likely to issue one to three million $1,400 coronavirus stimulus checks after the last round was issued last week.

    More "plus-up" and supplemental payments are also expected to be sent soon.

  • SEVERAL PETITIONS CALL FOR MORE STIMULUS PAYMENTS TO AMERICANS

    There are a few popular online petitions calling for Congress or President Joe Biden to issue more stimulus checks.

    A Change.org petition pushing for more Covid relief money was started last year by restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin and has over 2 million signatures.

    More than 54,000 people signed another petition calling for recurring stimulus checks.

    And over 40,000 people have signed a petition calling on Biden to introduce immediate $2,000 monthly payments.

  • SOME ARE CALLING FOR $1,000 STIMULUS CHECKS FOR KIDS UNTIL END OF PANDEMIC

    Millions of Americans have signed petitions urging President Joe Biden to introduce monthly stimulus checks worth up to $2,000 for adults and $1,000 for kids.

    One Change.org petition pushing for more Covid relief money was started last year by 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," she wrote.

    The petition currently has over 2 million signatures.

  • CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS GETTING AN EXTRA $500 UNDER STIMULUS PLAN

    Californian families are likely to receive an extra $500 payment under Gavin Newsom’s new stimulus package.

    The measure is part of the Governor's $100billion California Comeback Plan.

    Golden State stimulus checks will be expanded under the proposals and two-thirds of Californians will be eligible to receive increased payments of $600.

    Households earning up to $75,000 with at least one child can expect to receive an extra $500.

  • SOME STIMULUS CHECKS REMAIN UNCLAIMED

    Over 46,000 stimulus checks are uncashed or unclaimed in Michigan, according to one recent report from the area.

    Another report suggests that more than 1.25million total checks — with a collective value of $2.1billion — are still unclaimed nationwide.

  • WILL THERE BE A FOURTH STIMULUS CHECK?

    Whether or not there will be a fourth stimulus check is up to Congress.

    Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently said the decision to move forward with any future checks will come from Congress, not the White House.

    Several politicians are calling for recurring checks until the end of the Covid-19 crisis.

  • DO EITHER OF BIDEN'S STIMULUS PROPOSALS INCLUDE ANOTHER CHECK?

    Americans will have to wait and see if another stimulus check is on the horizon.

    Another round of stimulus payments could potentially be included in President Joe Biden's next coronavirus relief package.

    Biden is currently working on two stimulus proposals, which focus on creating jobs and supporting families, not more relief payments for individuals.

  • CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS GETTING STIMULUS ON TOP OF FEDERAL PAYMENTS

    Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, said the state will send stimulus checks to two-thirds of its residents in an expansion of the “Golden State Stimulus” plan.

    The Golden Stata plan was announced earlier this year, but the expansion was announced Monday.

    The expansion means qualifying residents will receive a one-time stimulus payment of $600 or $1,200, and families with children will receive another $500.

    That's on top of the recent third round of federal stimulus checks sent out.

  • CHILD TAX CREDIT EXPANDED UNDER STIMULUS COULD BECOME PERMANENT

    Democrats in Congress have introduced a plan for permanent $300 stimulus checks to parents.

    The plan unveiled in late April proposed the extension of the one-year child tax credit expansion that was part of the $1.9 trillion stimulus plan approved last month.

    The plan would maintain the strengthened child tax credit, increase to $3,600 per child under age 6 and a little less - $3,000 - for kids between 6 and 17.

  • AMERICANS WHO ARE NOT IN THE US SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED STIMULUS CHECKS

    For Americans such as people who are Social Security (SS) recipients and SS beneficiaries without a US address, stimulus checks were due to be mailed out beginning April 9 and April 23.

    The Internal Revenue Service sent out 600,000 payments to this group in late April.

    The IRS only sent the checks to those who filed a 2020 or 2019 tax return, and to people who used the IRS' Non-Filer tool.

    You can keep track of the status of your payment is with the Get My Payment tool on the IRS' website.

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