Biden wants to launch a $ 1.9 trillion corona aid package

Dhe future American President Joe Biden wants to launch a new corona aid package worth 1.9 trillion dollars (just under 1.6 trillion euros). “During this pandemic, millions of Americans through no fault of their own have lost the dignity and respect that come with a job and a paycheck,” Biden said in a speech to the nation on Thursday evening (local time). “Our nation’s health is at stake,” added the Democrat, who will succeed Donald Trump next week. “We have to act and we have to act now.”

Among other things, direct payments decided in December are to be increased from $ 600 to millions of American citizens to $ 2,000, as his employees previously explained on a conference call with journalists. The additional unemployment benefit is to be extended – until September. The payment is also to be increased from previously 300 to 400 dollars per week. A total of around one trillion dollars in direct aid is earmarked for private households.

Another 415 billion dollars are to be mobilized for the fight against the virus and for the vaccination campaign. $ 440 billion is set to flow to smaller businesses and communities that are particularly hard hit by the pandemic. According to Biden’s employees, the plan also provides for foreclosures and evictions to be suspended until September. Funds for rent and supply assistance are to be provided. The President-elect also wants to urge Congress to raise the national minimum wage to $ 15 an hour.

Payments to citizens are increased

In December, the American Congress launched an aid package worth around $ 900 billion (around 740 billion euros), which also included $ 600 in payments to American citizens. However, in view of the severity of the economic crisis as a result of the corona pandemic, experts criticized the measures as inadequate.

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Biden’s “American rescue plan” includes new checks for millions of citizens worth $ 1,400. This will increase the direct payments to a total of $ 2,000. Biden wanted to present his plans in detail on Thursday evening (local time) in his hometown of Wilmington.

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