Joe Biden unveils $1.9 TRILLION in new COVID relief including $1,400 checks to take total to $2,000, a $15 minimum wage and $160B to solve ‘dismal’ vaccine rollout as he promises 100million shots will be delivered in his first 100 days
- President-elect Joe Biden said he will ask Congress to green-light another $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief funds
- Biden unveiled broad details of a rescue package he wants implemented once he’s sworn in during a primetime speech in Wilmington Thursday night
- He’ll ask Congress for $1,400 more for relief checks, making the total $2,000 like President Donald Trump demanded, and boost unemployment dollars
- Biden’s plan also outlines loftier goals, like implementing a national $15 minimum wage, which was a campaign promise
- The president-elect would like to see $160 billion go toward a national vaccination program from the $400 billion fund he wants for COVID
- Incoming senior administration officials called the vaccine roll-out under Trump ‘worse than we could have imagined,’ while Biden said it was ‘dismal’
- The Biden team believes that they’ll still be able to vaccinate 100 million Americans within the Democrat’s first 100 days
‘I look forward to working with members of Congress in both parties to move quickly to get the American rescue plan to the American people,’ Biden said in a speech at the Queen theater.
Biden unveiled the broad strokes of a rescue plan that includes items that will likely have some bipartisan support – like an additional $1,400 for Americans – boosting the total to the $2,000 per adult President Donald Trump demanded in December.
‘$600 is simply not enough if you still have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table,’ Biden observed.
But it also outlines loftier goals, like implementing a national $15 per hour minimum wage, a campaign promise the Democrat made.
‘People tell me that’s going to be hard to pass. Florida just passed it,’ Biden noted, name-dropping Trump’s adopted home state, which voted for Trump and has two Republican senators and a GOP governor. ‘The rest of the country is ready to move as well,’ he said.
Overall, $400 billion of the $1.9 trillion is specifically geared toward combating the virus, including $160 billion to go toward a national vaccination program.
‘The vaccine rollout in the United States has been a dismal failure thus far,’ the president-elect noted. read more