NEW on Biden $1.9T plan:— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) January 14, 2021
— $2K checks (adds $1,400 to $600). Adult dependents IN
— $400/week UI thru Sept, will push 4 “triggers.” Not retroactive
— CTC to $3,000/yr per kid, fully refundable
— $15/hr min. wage
— Eviction moratorium thru 9/21https://t.co/mww4nQ470F
Other big pots of $:— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) January 14, 2021
— Huge $ for health care – testing, national vaccine program, public health workers
— $350B for states, cities
— $130B for schools
— 14 weeks paid sick & family leave
— Major EITC expansion
— $25B 4 rental $
Are you telling me we aren’t going to spend another eight months trying to wrangle $600 stimulus checks out of the performance art deficit hawks in the Republican Senate?
“President-Elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion stimulus package that includes direct payments to Americans, a $15 minimum wage, aid to small businesses, and a national vaccination program, among many other provisions.
“While Congress’s bipartisan action in December was a step in the right direction, it was only a down payment. It fell far short of the resources needed to tackle the immediate crisis,” according to the statement accompanying the details of the plan. “We are in a race against time, and absent additional government assistance, the economic and public health crises could worsen in the months ahead.”
The $1.9 trillion legislation includes $1,400 stimulus payments on top of the $600 being distributed, the extension of key unemployment programs that are set to expire in the spring, aid to small businesses, $350 billion to state and local governments, increase in tax credits for low- and middle-income families, and $160 billion for a national program on vaccination and testing …”
“Incoming President Joe Biden will seek to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour as part of his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, a move that could complicate its passage through the closely divided U.S. Senate.
The measure was included in an outline of the legislation released by the president-elect’s economic team on Thursday. Biden had previously said he would make increasing the minimum wage — currently $7.25 an hour — an early priority, but he hadn’t specified that it would form part of the stimulus bill.
“No one — no one — should work, as millions are doing today, 40-hours a week at a job and still live below the poverty line,” Biden said last week at a news conference. …”
The “Made In America” plan.
$15 nationwide federal minimum wage.
This is great news for the White working class!
It was also a fantastic speech. Joe Biden sounded like FDR in this speech, not like Hillary Clinton or AOC. This is exactly the sort of vision and the tone that is needed. A great start.
Don’t screw it up with polarizing culture war battles! If we could get the $2,000 checks, the Trump tax cuts repealed and an infrastructure plan through Congress, it would be a good two years. Maybe do something on health care and student loan debt relief. Bring back the Iran Deal.
Note: Will Joe Biden continue to talk and govern like this? I doubt it. It is clear though that his handlers are going after the populist vote. We will take the Ws that we can get out of this administration.