Joe Biden Touts Stimulus Checks, As Americans Ask If There Will Be Fourth Round

President Joe Biden touted stimulus checks that have been sent to millions of Americans during his address to Congress on Wednesday, but many are asking if there will be a fourth round of the payments.

Google searches for topics like "Biden fourth stimulus" and "Will Americans get a fourth stimulus check?" saw significant rises on Wednesday, according to Google Trends.

Searches for "Biden fourth stimulus" and "Biden fourth stimulus check" increased 250 percent on the day the president delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress.

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

"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."

"A single mom in Texas who wrote me, she said she couldn't work. She said the relief check put food on the table and saved her and her son from eviction from their apartment,"

"A grandmother in Virginia who told me she immediately took her granddaughter to the eye doctor, something she said she put off for months because she didn't have the money."

While the president did not discuss another round of stimulus payments, there is significant support for further checks among Democrats in Congress. More than 70 lawmakers believe there should be further payments.

In January, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and 52 of her Democratic colleagues in the House sent a letter to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris urging recurring monthly payments until the pandemic is over. The letter was sent two months before Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law.

"One more check is not enough," the letter said. "Another one-time round of checks would provide a temporary timeline, but when that money runs out, families will once again struggle to pay for basic necessities."

The idea of monthly payments is also supported by 21 Senate Democrats who urged Biden on March 30 to implement recurring checks in a new stimulus package. The signatories included Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

"This crisis is far from over, and families deserve certainty that they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads," the senators wrote. "Families shouldn't have to worry about whether they'll have enough money to pay for essentials in the months ahead."

Biden has not publicly replied to the letters or made a public statement about a fourth round of checks. However, a Data for Progress survey in January found that 65 percent of Americans support recurring monthly payments of $2,000 for the duration of the pandemic.

Even if Biden came out in support of further stimulus payments, the proposal would likely face stiff opposition from Republicans in the House and Senate. The American Rescue Plan was passed using the budget reconciliation process and without GOP support.

However, the budget reconciliation process cannot be used again until October 1 when the new fiscal year begins. Further stimulus payments may not be possible before that date.

Newsweek has asked the White House for comment.

Biden Addresses a Joint Session of Congress
U.S. President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress as Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Speaker of the House U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) look on in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Google searches about a fourth round of stimulus checks surged on the day of Biden's speech. Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images