Joe Biden will on Friday sign an executive order aimed at providing immediate relief to American families struggling with the economic toll of the Kovid-19 epidemic and increasing safety protections for federal workers.
The first action targets food insecurity by expanding nutrition programs for low-income families and children. The order will attempt to clarify a rule to ensure that unemployed Americans will still qualify for unemployment insurance if they reject work that would endanger their health.
The second order is to expand protections for federal workers by restoring collective bargaining rights and boosting the $ 15 federal minimum wage. To do this, Biden will direct agencies to review unionized workers earning less than $ 15 per hour and develop recommendations to increase their wages.
“The American people can’t wait,” Biden’s top economic adviser Brian Desse told reporters. “So many people are hanging on by a thread, they need help and we are committed to doing everything possible to provide that help as soon as possible.”
The latest executive actions come a day after a Labor Department report said unemployment claims remain at historically high levels, with 900,000 Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week. Amidst the resurgence of coronovirus this winter, figures reflected the magnitude of economic challenges Biden inherited.
Friday’s action is part of the directives of the executive orders and has been directed by Biden since he took charge of the direction.
Hours after his inauguration, Biden signed an executive order on expulsion as of a federal standstill by the end of March, a move that would shield millions of Americans struggling to pay rent amid the epidemic. He instructed federal agencies to extend their moratorium on foreclosure of the Federation’s guaranteed mortgage and asked the Department of Education to prolong its freeze on federal student loan payments by the end of September.
On Thursday, he unveiled a “wartime” National Kovid-19 strategy aimed at creating guidelines for increasing vaccine production, reopening schools and businesses, and implementing new requirements on wearing masks.
Biden has long argued that economic reform is tied to combating coronovirus, a different kind of approach to its predecessor that urges states to lift the ban even as the transition rose.
The centerpiece of Biden’s plan to mitigate economic crises is an $ 1.9tn emergency relief package called the American Rescue Plan, which includes $ 1400 direct payments to Americans, temporarily enhanced unemployment benefits for a nationally immunization program, and billions of dollars The extension is included.
Already, Republicans are objecting to the cost of the legislation, doubting whether Biden will be able to attract bipartisan support as he had hoped. Several Republicans questioned the need for an additional stimulus package week after passing the $ 900bn coronavirus relief bill.
Desse insisted that the President’s unilateral decree only offered emergency relief and was not a replacement for congressional action.
“These actions are concrete and it will provide immediate assistance to the hard-hit families,” he said. “They are not enough, and much more, much more is needed.”