Biden To Unveil $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Plan, Including $1,400 Stimulus Checks

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President-elect Joe Biden is expected to propose an additional $160 billion for a national vaccine program, including $20 billion for distribution.

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If he and others defect, it would complicate Biden’s efforts to swiftly put money in Americans’ pockets. The Senate will be split with a 50-member Democratic caucus and a 50-member Republican caucus. As vice president, Kamala Harris will have the tiebreaking vote.

During his campaign, Biden made tackling COVID-19 and the economic hardships it had put on Americans a core pitch to voters.

He has described recent $600 coronavirus relief checks as a «down payment» and said he would push to see Americans receive an additional $1,400 payout.

Biden is rolling out his plan in a speech around 7 p.m. ET. Watch Biden’s remarks live here:

More than 385,000 Americans have died from coronavirus-related illness, and as many U.S. hospitals once again have reached crisis levels in capacity for aiding those affected by the virus.

Biden has pushed the importance of getting as many Americans as possible vaccinated from the virus. His plan includes launching community vaccination centers and mobile vaccination units in more remote areas, as well as increasing funding for more testing.

The president-elect has also said he will urge the country to wear masks for the first 100 days of his presidency. Wearing masks is a practice public health officials advocate in slowing the spread of the virus but one that had become a political issue during President Trump’s tenure in the White House.

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Biden hopes these relief options will help stabilize the U.S. economy and reopen a number of sectors that have had to shutter in full or in part as a result of the virus. Also a priority is American schools, which have struggled to adequately tackle the virus, adding an additional strain to working families during the pandemic.

The president-elect, who will be inaugurated next Wednesday, views this package as a first step in his administration’s coronavirus plan and is expected to outline a recovery plan in the coming weeks.

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