More stimulus checks, more help for the unemployed, hungry and those facing eviction, and more support for small businesses, states and local governments. That’s what will go into the new pandemic economic relief plan from new President Joe Biden.
He also promises that there will be increased funding for vaccinations and testing. These are key parts of the $1.9 trillion proposal that Biden unveiled Thursday night. His draft is announced as “America’s Bailout Plan,” a package that complements many of the measures in Congress’ historic $3 trillion coronavirus pandemic relief bill passed in March.
Biden is pushing for big steps, which he says are necessary to meet immediate needs and control a coronavirus pandemic. In the coming weeks, he also plans an economic recovery plan that, among other things, aims to create jobs and combat the climate crisis.
The plan calls for another $1,400 per person to be paid to eligible recipients. That money will be added to the $600 payments that were approved by Congress in December and sent out earlier this month – a total of $2,000.
The new payments will go to adult dependents who did not participate in previous rounds, such as some children over the age of 17. They will also include families with mixed immigration status.