It’s going to be really nice to have a president who’s willing to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic head on…
President-elect Joe Biden introduced a $1.9 trillion spending package Thursday that aims to speed distribution of the coronavirus vaccines and provide economic relief caused by the pandemic.
The package proposal includes investing $20 billion in a national vaccination program, $1,400 stimulus checks and expanding unemployment insurance supplements to $400 per week.
“During this pandemic, millions of Americans through no fault of their own, have lost the dignity and respect that comes with a job and a paycheck,” Biden said during a nearly 25-minute speech Thursday. “There is real pain, overwhelming the real economy.”
“There’s no time to waste. We have to act, and we have to act now,” he said.
- $170 billion to help reopen schools, as well as provide financial relief to students
- President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan includes the following provisions:
- Expand to 14 weeks paid sick and family and medical leave
- $25 billion in rental assistance and an additional $5 billion to cover home energy and water costs
- Extending the 15 percent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits increase to September 2021
- $15 billion for grants to more than 1 million small businesses
- A $20 billion investment to Indian Country to support tribal governments’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour
While many Republicans will likely reflexively oppose the Biden COVID-19 relief plan I’m hoping there are many who will understand while the financial cost of implementing the Biden plan is steep, the human and economic cost of half-measures and piecemeal “solutions” may be even greater.
It’s time for real leadership – not the ineptitude, selfishness, idiocy of the soon to be prior administration.