US President Joe Biden will sign two presidential decrees on Friday, one of them to increase food aid after millions of citizens have fallen into poverty due to the crisis caused by the pandemic, said the House’s economic adviser. White
“Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from not having enough to eat“Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, said during a briefing with reporters.
The new president wants to provide immediate help to struggling Americans before Congress votes on the $ 1.9 trillion emergency rescue plan unveiled last week, the official explained.
The second decree will be to strengthen the social rights of state employees, Deese explained.
With just two days at the helm of the White House, Biden seems willing to radically change the course of the administration compared to his predecessor, Donald Trump. In fact, regarding the pandemic, it ordered the use of chinstraps on all public transportation and imposed two conditions for those entering the US: a negative PCR and quarantine.
Already in the campaign, the Democrat had promised a more aggressive policy regarding the coronavirus. It faces major hurdles as the virus is spreading in most states, the vaccination campaign is slow, and there is uncertainty whether Republican lawmakers will be willing to pass a $ 1.9 trillion economic rescue package in response to COVID. .
“We must ask ordinary Americans to do their duty” said Jeff Zients, the White House official leading the national response. “Defeating the virus requires a coordinated national effort.”
Biden officials complain about the previous administration’s lack of cooperation during the transition. They say they do not fully understand what steps were taken to distribute vaccines. And states are complaining about the lack of vaccines at a time when they are asked to extend the immunization campaign to new sectors of the population.
With information from AFP.