Covid pandemic: Biden to order all USA adults be eligible for vaccine
Mar 15 2021
And more states have been expanding eligibility criteria for shots and opening new mass vaccination sites.
Democrats are mindful that in 2009, the last Democratic president, Barack Obama, under whom Biden served as vice president, spent little time promoting the $800 billion economic stimulus package he and fellow Democrats helped push through Congress to help rescue the US economy from the steep recession they inherited from Republican President George W. Bush.
Biden makes his first trip promoting the relief plan Tuesday when he goes to Delaware County, a key suburban Philadelphia jurisdiction in the eastern state of Pennsylvania that he carried over former President Donald Trump in the November election. From Politico's coverage of the report, "The autopsy says that coronavirus registered as the top issue among voters, and that Biden won those voters by a almost 3-to-1 margin". He said he wants to do a better sales job this time around on the details of his first big legislative victory. Some of the $1,400 direct payments will arrive in bank accounts as early as this weekend.
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An extension of federal unemployment benefits will continue through Sept 6 at Dollars 300 a week. There's $350 billion for state, local and tribal governments, $130 billion for K-12 schools and about $50 billion to expand COVID-19 testing, among other measures.
The relief package is one of the largest economic assistance packages in US history and the first major legislative victory for Biden. Republicans argued the bill was too expensive. It was approved exclusively with the votes of Democrats.
On Monday: Psaki said first lady Jill Biden will travel to Burlington, New Jersey, and Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada. She has stood with the president at his speeches, delivered remarks of her own, spoken by telephone with assorted world leaders and made appearances in the Washington area, including at funeral services for Washington power broker Vernon Jordan. "This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving people in this nation - working people and middle-class folks, the people who built the country - a fighting chance", Biden said before the signing. It passed the Senate on Saturday with a 50 to 49 vote, also along party lines. Hundreds of mayors and governors, including Republicans, are being lined up to give interviews to discuss what the plan means for their communities.