Biden to sign an executive order improving stimulus check distribution, enhancing worker protections
President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order on Friday instructing government departments and agencies to provide more economic aid to Americans, including improving the distribution of economic controls, improving worker protection, and increasing food aid.
"These efforts will relieve millions of American workers who have lost their jobs and whose hours or wages have been cut through no fault of their own," the White House said in a press release on Friday. "You will help working families to feed their children and keep a roof over their heads."
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Taking action outside of regulation would help eligible Americans get their stimulus payments. The president urges finance to improve the provision of stimulus checks to ensure the 8 million people who missed the first round of checks get paid.
Biden calls on the Internal Revenue Service and Finance Department to take various measures to improve distribution, such as: B. the establishment of online tools to apply for payments and better public relations for those who have not received payments.
President Joe R. Biden, with Vice President Kamala Harris by his side, speaks about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic before speaking to Executive Orders in the State Dining Room of the White House on Thursday, January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC signed. (Photo by Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
President Biden also asked the Ministry of Labor to clarify that workers who refuse to work due to unsafe working conditions will still be eligible for unemployment insurance. The White House statement found that 43% of Americans last year lived in a household where at least one member had a pre-existing illness that could increase the risk of serious complications from COVID-19.
"President Biden believes that workers should have the right to a safe working environment and that no one has to choose between their livelihood and the health of their own family or families," the White House statement said.
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Biden also urges the Agriculture Department to expand access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and increase benefits for some recipients by 15%. Around 12 million households with the lowest incomes who were previously not eligible for additional benefits would receive the increase.
The order will also direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to consider suspending federal collections due to overpayments and debts for 2 million veterans.
The executive order comes after Biden unveiled a $ 1.9 trillion "rescue plan" last week. The stimulus bill includes US $ 1,400 stimulus payments, an expansion of major unemployment programs, US $ 350 billion to state and local governments, an increase in tax credits for low- and middle-income families, and US $ 160 billion for a national vaccination and testing program.
However, a $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package could face hurdles in Congress. While the Democrats now control both houses of Congress, the party has a slim majority in the 50:50 Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris tied. The new stimulus plan is also unlikely to go through a reconciliation, which means that 60 Senate votes and support from both parties may be required for the plan to become law.
The nearly $ 2 trillion price tag has already been rejected by Republican lawmakers, citing debt problems and the recently passed $ 900 billion stimulus agreement.
"President Biden plans to spend more than $ 350 billion to save lavish liberal states from decades of mismanagement," Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) said Thursday from the Senate. "How can we possibly justify spending more money now?"
Biden is expected to sign another executive order on Friday that will lay the groundwork for improving federal workers' rights within his first 100 days in office. He seeks to demand a minimum wage of $ 15 for federal employees, provide their contractors with paid emergency leave, and restore "collective bargaining power and worker protection" by reversing three former President Trump executive orders.
Denitsa is a writer for Yahoo Finance and Cashay, a new personal finance website. Follow her on Twitter @denitsa_tsekova.
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