President-Elect Joe Biden is expected to deliver his $ 1.9 trillion relief package in a primetime address on Thursday – which will focus on a new round of conflicts for struggling Americans and an ambitious vaccine delivery plan to control the deadly pandemic Will make.
Biden will ask the new Democratic-controlled Congress to approve the “US rescue plan”. A portion of the funds – $ 416 billion – will help 50 million Americans and reopen schools in the first 100 days of its administration to launch a national immunization program with the goal of vaccination.
The epidemic worsens as soon as his speech arrives. According to NBC News’ Kovid-19 data tracker, there have been 384,375 deaths and over 23 million cases in the US
The Trump administration has been heavily criticized for its distribution strategy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Wednesday, more than 29 million vaccine doses have been distributed nationwide, with just over 10 million people receiving their first dose.
Two senior transition officials told NBC News that the Trump administration has barely invested in building federal infrastructure to help distribute the vaccine to the states.
An additional $ 1 trillion will be allocated to help Americans struggle with the third round of incentive checks – including an additional $ 400 per week for unemployed and affected workers – by giving them $ 1,400 direct payments. Biden has also expected Congress to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 per hour to help frontline activists battling the epidemic.
Billions will also be allocated to help small businesses, low-income families facing homelessness, provide affordable child care access to a paid family, and improve access to federal nutrition programs for children and families.
Last month, the $ 600 payments began to be spread as part of the nearly $ 900 billion Kovid-19 relief package, which President Donald Trump signed into law after a delay during which he received a $ 2,000 check from legislators Urged instead of sending. The Democratic-led House passed a bill to approve large checks, but the legislation never received a vote in the Senate.
House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y. In a joint statement ahead of Biden’s remarks on Thursday, the package’s approval was expressed.
“These proposals by the Biden-Harris administration will be key to getting our country through this challenging period and during the recovery period. We echo and hope for a presidential-election call for bipartisan action on their proposal. That our Republican colleagues will work with us. To implement it quickly, “Democratic leaders said.
Biden has indicated that he wants the Kovid-19 relief bill on his desk by the end of January – a plan that could be complicated by impeachment trials that are expected to be held in the Senate in the coming weeks.
“We are in a race against time. We need these resources so that most Americans can be vaccinated and implement safeguards that will help us keep Kovid behind us so that we can reopen our schools, businesses, and once again our To get there with friends and family, ”a senior transition official said in a brief chat with reporters ahead of Biden’s address on Thursday.
Mariana Sotomayor has contributed.