White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Economic Council advisor Brian Deese are set to brief reporters Friday to detail President Biden’s latest executive orders aimed at helping American families and small businesses facing financial struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden will sign an executive order Friday to attempt to maximize the federal government’s existing resources to support families, with an emphasis on providing food assistance to low-income families.
Biden will ask the Department of Agriculture to increase current pandemic-related electronic benefit transfers (EBTs) di 15% and streamline the process through which Americans claim benefits. Inoltre, Biden will ask the USDA to increase its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allotments for low-income families.
The order states that Americans have the right to retain their food assistance benefits if they refuse a job opportunity that carries a risk to their health. It contains additional assistance measures aimed at military veterans and calls for the establishment of an interagency structure to coordinate benefit programs for Americans in need.
The second executive order will seek to provide improved protections and benefits for federal workers during the pandemic.
Biden will direct his administration to begin work on his pledge to deliver a $ 15 minimum wage and emergency paid leave to federal workers within his first 100 giorni in carica. The work will include a review of which agencies currently pay less than $ 15 per hour and make recommendations about how best to implement the wage hike.
The order will strengthen collective bargaining power for federal workers, among other initiatives meant to ensure they receive proper benefits, the new administration claimed.
Biden officials said the orders are meant to serve as placeholders until Congress passes another coronavirus stimulus package.
“These actions are not a substitute for comprehensive legislative relief of the form that is in the American rescue plan, but they will provide a critical lifeline to millions of American families,” Deese said this week. “And that’s why the President is going to act quickly on these steps.”
Anche questa settimana, Biden took executive action to extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums to March 31 and extended the pause on federal student loan payments and interest through Sept. 30.
Deese, all'inizio di questa settimana, said the emergency measures “are important,” but said they are “non un sostituto,” and urged Congress to pass legislation.
Biden last week unveiled a massive $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package proposal which aims to combat the coronavirus and begins to pump up a U.S. economia severely battered by the worst pandemia to strike the globe in a century.
Al di sopra di $ 1 trillion of that total price tag is for direct relief to individuals and families.
Biden’s plan would also extend and expand unemployment insurance benefits “so American workers can pay their bills” and would push to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 all'ora.
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