Biden’s statement is because much of the rent and mortgage payments are due on Saturday, the start of a new month. In addition to the financial pressures facing millions of Americans, a federal unemployment benefit of $ 600 per week expired from the CARES Act of March Friday evening. The expulsion moratorium ended on July 24.
The former vice president called on Congress to “provide emergency unemployment benefits, better access to food and nutrition programs, and full grants to help families maintain health insurance,” following the priorities of the House’s $ 3 trillion Heroes Act, which May is adopted. also called for more money for national and local governments, another bottleneck between Democrats and Republicans.
“These steps could put the nation in a much stronger position to face the strain of the virus on millions of Americans and our entire economy,” Biden said. “They include those we should take. But we need a president who cares, directs and acts. ‘
The likely Democratic nominee has increased his lead over Trump in recent polls, in part because of the way the President has treated the coronavirus pandemic.
Congress is yet to agree on the next coronavirus aid package. Earlier this week, Trump and top White House officials proposed they would be open to a short-term deal that would address evictions and unemployment benefits. Democrats, however, have scrapped a “fragmented” approach.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) And Senate Secretary of State Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) met Saturday morning with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin. The meeting, the fifth of this week, seemed to be making some progress.
Democrats want the $ 600 weekly unemployment benefit to be extended until next year as part of a wider package. But Senate Republicans argue that the $ 600 payout is a discouragement from working. Senate Republicans released a plan this week that would instead provide a temporary fixed payment of $ 200 for 60 days until the state’s unemployment systems can provide 70 percent wage replacement.