WithWhile on his way to the 50 US states, Biden continues to say the country will need it Spring to see Americans through what some claim could be many more months of recovery until the economy is back on its feet.
“It will be in the trillions of dollars,” Biden said Friday of the cost of the. “The price tag will be high.”
“The overwhelming consensus among leading economists left, right and center is that in order to keep the economy from collapsing and getting much, much worse this year, we now need to invest significant amounts of money to grow the economy,” added Biden.
The president-to-be continues to refer tolate last year as “down payment” for what his administration will propose once he takes office in a few weeks. Here are six areas Biden and looks set to get big in 2021.
A third $ 2,000 stimulus check
The IRS is just creating thein front of . But after approving the $ 600 amount late last year, some in Congress immediately pushed for it . Although the attempt failed, Biden will try one again approved as part of a comprehensive economic rescue package.
“We need more immediate help for families and small businesses, including completing the task of giving people that $ 2,000 direct payment., ”Biden added.
$ 600 Weekly Bonus Unemployment Benefits
The weeklyCongress approved in December as part of the $ 900 billion COVID relief legislation . During his presidential campaign, Biden pushed for reform of the unemployment system, saying he would work with Congress to extend the $ 600 unemployment benefits allowed under last year’s CARES Act “for as long as this crisis. takes”.
In the days leading up to his inauguration, Biden has not given details of his plans for additional federal unemployment assistance – all he says is that more employment support will be part of his bailout package – but Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, who is the new chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said he has spoken with the Biden administration about extending the payments, the Washington Post reported.
Delivery of vaccine
Along with economic support from American individuals, families, and small businesses, Biden will push Congress for funding for it. “I will move immediately for the most urgent need to ask Congress to give me the financial means to deal with the virus,” Biden said Friday. “I am determined to get 100 million shots into people’s arms in the first 100 days.”
Minimum wage increase to $ 15 an hour
Biden has also said he would push for an increase in the minimum wage from the current $ 7.25 an hour. “It’s time to raise the minimum wage,” Biden said Friday. “Nobody, nobody should work the way millions do today, 40 hours a week in a job, and still live below the poverty line. They are entitled to a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour.” It’s not clear whether Biden would include that this is a COVID rescue package or promote it separately.
Student loan forgiveness
On Friday, Biden government officials said the president-to-be would ask Congress to cancel $ 10,000 in student debt for all borrowers and extend the pause on student loan repayment, CNBC reported. As with the minimum wage, Biden did not say whether he would ask Congress to address the loan waiver as part of the larger lump sum or separately.
State and local aid
Along with the extension of liability protections pushed by Republicans, democratic support for state, local and tribal government funding was a major impediment to reaching an agreement on a new economic assistance package in the second half of last year. WithHouse, Biden has pledged support for national and local funding as part of his government’s aid package.
Since the fall, economists have urged Congress to provide funding for state and local government jobs: “The arguments for additional aid are strong because the downside risk of doing nothing is quite real,” wrote the American Enterprise Institute. , a conservative think tank, late last year. “The fact that more than 1 million state and local government employees have lost their jobs is a sign that the tax problems have had real repercussions.”
On Friday, Biden reiterated his concern that state and local governments are “cutting jobs” as a result of the pandemic and pledged to provide “immediate relief”.
Funding to reopen schools
A critical part of the economic recovery is getting students back on campus. “We will also need tens of millions of dollars to help our schools reopen and open safely,” Biden said Friday.
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