Congress at the end of last year agreed to a President-elect Joe Biden has called a “very dark winter” of staggering unemployment and growing COVID-19 cases, before passing another stimulus bill, which is expected to include a , funding and more.that is sending along with $300 through March. The hope was to bridge the country over what
“It will be in the trillions of dollars,” Biden said Friday about 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 this year and getting much, much worse, we should be investing significant amounts of money right now to grow the economy,” Biden added.
The incoming president continues to refer to down payment” for what his administration will propose once he takes office in a few weeks. Here are six areas Biden and may look to go big in 2021.at the end of last year as a “
A $2,000 third stimulus check
The IRS is just wrapping making thefor . But after approving the $600 amount at the end of last year, some in Congress immediately pushed to . While the effort failed, Biden will try again to get a approved as part of a broad economic rescue package.
“We need more direct relief flowing to families, small businesses, including finishing the job of getting people that $2,000 relief direct payment. Biden added.,”
$600 weekly bonus unemployment benefits
The weekly reform the unemployment system and said he would work with Congress to extend the $600 unemployment benefits that had been authorized under last year’s CARES Act “for however long this crisis lasts.”Congress approved in December as part of the $900 billion COVID-relief legislation are . During his presidential campaign, Biden pushed to
In the days leading up to his inauguration, Biden has not offered specifics on his plans for additional federal unemployment assistance — only saying more employment aid will be part of his rescue package — but Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, who is the incoming chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said he has talked to the Biden administration about extending the payments, the Washington Post reported.
Along with economic support from American individuals, families and small businesses, Biden will push Congress for funding for Biden said on Friday. “I’m committed to get 100 million shots in people’s arms in the first 100 days.”. “I will immediately move for the most urgent need of asking the Congress to give me the financial wherewithal to deal with the virus,”
Minimum wage hike to $15 an hour
Biden has also said he would push for a rise in the minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour. “It is time to raise the minimum wage,” Biden said Friday. “No one, no one should work as millions are doing today, 40 hours a week at a job, and still live below the poverty line. They are entitled to at least $15 minimum wage per hour.” It isn’t clear if Biden would include this is a COVID-rescue package or promote it separately.
Student loan forgiveness
On Friday, Biden administration officials said the incoming president 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 didn’t say if he will ask Congress to tackle the loan forgiveness as part of the larger relief bill or separately.
State and local aid
Along with expanding liability protections pushed by Republicans, Democratic support of funding for state, local and tribal governments was a major roadblock to reaching an agreement on a new economic assistance package through the second half of last year. WithHouse, Biden has pledged support for state and local funding as part of his administration’s relief package.
Since the fall, economists have pushed for Congress to provide funding for state and local public jobs: “The case for additional aid is strong because the downside risk of doing nothing is quite real,” wrote the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, at the end of last year. “The fact that over 1 million state and local government workers have lost their jobs is a sign that fiscal distress has had real consequences.”
On Friday, Biden again expressed concern that state and local governments are “slashing jobs” as a result of the pandemic and pledged to provide “immediate relief.”
Funding to reopen schools
A critical piece of the economic recovery is getting students back on campus. “We are also going to need tens of millions of dollars to help reopen our schools and open them safely, Biden said Friday.
We’ll continue to update this story as Biden reveals his detailed plans. For more information about stimulus money, here are, and here’s what you need to know about the .