Millions Want More Payments As Inflation Hits Thanksgiving

Millions of Americans have continued to demand more stimulus as rapid inflation wreaks havoc on the economy, with analysts suggesting the Thanksgiving holiday may be the most expensive in history.

Nearly 3 million people have signed a online petition calling on Congress to issue more stimulus checks. The petition, which was supported by nearly 2.97 million people, urges Congress to approve monthly direct payments of $ 2,000 per month as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy .

“It’s catastrophic for working families like mine,” wrote Stéphanie Bonin, the creator of the petition, on “I call on Congress to support families with a payment of $ 2,000 for adults and a payment of $ 1,000 for children immediately, and by continuing regular check-ups throughout the duration of the crisis.”

Several other petitions on have made similar appeals to lawmakers and President Joe Biden. Each petition has garnered tens, if not hundreds of thousands of signatures calling for additional monthly payments, or at least a fourth stimulus check as consumers continue to see increasingly higher prices due to inflation.

An online petition calling for a new round of federal stimulus checks has garnered nearly 3 million signatures. In the photo, then-President Donald Trump’s name appears on stimulus checks that were sent to citizens across the country April 29, 2020 in Washington, DC
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CNN reported this week that inflation could make Thanksgiving 2021 the most expensive in history. The report pointed out that the Agriculture Ministry predicted the average cost of dinner to be up 5 percent. Meanwhile, the report says the American Farm Bureau Federation predicted that the average cost of dinner may have increased by 14%.

According to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), inflation rose 6.2% from October 2020 to October 2021, the Bookings Institution reported this month. Looking at the personal consumption expenditure deflator (PCE), inflation from September 2020 to September 2021 increased by 4.4%.

In comments on the petition, people who signed the petition said they did so in hopes of getting relief from the price hike this holiday season.

“I’m signing because I’m on a fixed income [and] due to the high prices this Thanksgiving is a wash for me, “wrote a petitioner identified as Alan Mackarevitz.” Christmas is approaching and I will not have the chance to buy gifts for my family and friends. “

In March 2020, Congress met in a bipartisan fashion to approve substantial legislation on COVID-19 relief. This bill approved a series of $ 1,200 stimulus checks that were sent to most Americans. Then, in December, Congress again approved another bipartisan bill that distributed an additional $ 600 to the majority of Americans.

After President Joe Biden took office, Democrats pushed through the US bailout without any Republican support. This legislation provided additional stimulus checks of $ 1,400 to the majority of Americans. While dozens of Democratic lawmakers have expressed support for other direct payments, including recurring monthly checks, no legislation is currently moving forward to provide additional stimulus checks at this time.

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