a group of people sitting at a table: President Joe Biden holds a roundtable meeting with Americans who will benefit from the COVID-19 pandemic relief checks that are a part of the American Rescue Plan on March 5, 2021 in Washington, DC.Despite President Joe Biden’s recent warning of short-term inflation, an ongoing petition for monthly stimulus checks of $2,000 has continued to gather signatures over the past week amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Denver restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin created the Change.org petition last year, which calls for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to pass legislation that would provide 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.”

The petition has drawn more than 2,695,300 signatures, with about 65,000 new supporters in the past week. It will become one of Change.org’s most signed petitions if it hits its goal of 3 million signatures. Bonin is confident that it will, telling Newsweek that people sign because “we’re still in uncertain times.”

Support for the petition has ramped up over the past month, with about 250,000 new signatures in July, as the Delta variant continues to surge. The variant is now responsible for 83.2 percent of coronavirus infections in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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