“Today, millions of families will receive their Child Tax Credit and breathe a bit easier. When Congress passes the Build Back Better Act, as they must, this investment in our kids and families will be made permanent. Make sure your representatives hear from you,” tweeted 2016 Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton.
In short, the only way to get another stimulus check is through government.
Colorado restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin launched the Change.org petition last year, calling for the recurring stimulus checks, which is now nearing around 3 million signatures.
“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 said 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.”
She continued, “For our team and other Americans who can claim unemployment, even the maximum payments will not be enough for most people to continue paying their bills – and avoid slipping into poverty.
The facts are, even successful small businesses can’t go months with their doors closed.
But supplying Americans with monthly support until they can get back on their feet can save our communities from financial ruin.”
“We need immediate checks and recurring payments so that we can keep our heads above water. Congress needs to make sure that we won’t be left financially ruined for doing our part to keep the country healthy,” she added.
There’s also a possibility Democrats will continue the expansion of the child tax credit into 2022. But nobody thinks a fourth stimulus check, at least at the moment, has any real chance of being passed.
If you haven’t been getting the child tax credit payments, meanwhile, there’s good news. If you signed up via the Child Tax Credit Update Portal on the IRS website, yours will be super-sized.
It could total as much as $1,800, as a catch-up, to encompass all the child tax credit checks that have gone out this year.
President Biden had wanted to extend the child tax credit extension for another three years — which would presumably have meant 36 more monthly child tax credit checks.
The proposal is still pending in the Senate.
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