The Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire, and health experts warn that though the symptoms are mild, the healthcare system could be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of new patients. In addition, Americans are calling for recurring payment relief to tackle the latest economic woes precipitated by the surge in COVID cases. Petitions are being organized, with one petition reaching almost three million signatures.
About “automatic stabilizers” acting as safety valves
Adam Ruben, director of the Economic Security Project, calls the process “automatic stabilizers” and discusses the idea with the members of the Congress reports The Sun.
Adam said such measures would act as a safety valve and protect the commoner while smoothening the path to recovery.
Such stabilizers will envisage the continuation of stimulus funding and would not have to be approved by lawmakers in Congress. The vocal Joint Ways and Means Committee members had put forth similar views before President Joe Biden. They asked him to automate unemployment insurance bolsters and direct stimulus checks.
The lawmakers contended that US citizens must not be at the mercy of constantly shifting legislative timelines and temporary solutions.
Right through the COVID pandemic, both the Democrats and Republicans were at loggerheads and failed to reach a consensus on Covid relief measures.
As a result, several petitions have been put forth, the most notable being Stephanie Bonin, a restaurant owner from Colorado. His plea in 2020 asked Congress to introduce recurring $2,000 checks for families and a $1,000 payment for kids. In addition, former President Donald Trump earlier approved two stimulus packages worth $1200 and $600 before leaving office.
Despite the petitions and calls for the extra stimulus package, the White House has refused to bring in another round of stimulus payments.
Financial assistance is being provided to US citizens across several states.
Californians will receive stimulus checks worth up to $1100 in the coming weeks under Governor Gavin Newsom’s Golden State Stimulus II initiative. Residents with zip codes ending in 928-999 will get their stimulus checks until January 11. Paper checks could take up to three weeks after they have been posted.
However, Californians must file tax returns by October 15 to avail the state stimulus check. In addition, the beneficiaries must be a resident of California for at least six months of the 2020 tax year and be a resident on the date that the payment is issued.