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Sunday, Feb 28, 2021

What's inside Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic recovery plan?

US President-elect Joe Biden announced a $1.9 trillion (€1.56 trillion) stimulus package on Thursday to revitalize a flagging economy and speed up the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden laid out the first of his "two-step plan of rescue and recovery" in a prime-time address.The spending proposal will build on the two massive relief packages approved by Congress in 2020.
It lists a host of measures including providing financial aid to individuals, state and local government, and businesses struggling with the prolonged economic fallout:

- Stimulus payment checks for $1,400 – topping up the $600 checks issued under the most recent COVID-19 bill

- Raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour

- $350 billion in funding to state and local governments — a proposal that Republican lawmakers had blocked all last year

- $160 billion for a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign

- About $440 billion for small businesses and communities particularly hard hit by the pandemic

- $170 billion for schools, with the goal of getting most institutions serving kindergarten through eighth grade open in the first 100 days of his administration

- Increases supplemental unemployment insurance to $400 a week from the current $300 a week now; also extending it through September

- Extends moratoriums on foreclosures and evictions until September and funding rental

- Provides $30 billion in rental and utility assistance for families

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