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‘Act now,’ Biden calls on Congress to pass economic aid

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. called on Congress and President Trump to pass a stimulus package to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic before the end of the year.

Earlier today, the November jobs report came out and it was grim. It shows an economy that is stagnating and remaining in the middle of a – we are staying in the midst of one of the worst economic and employment crises in modern history. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. We need to come together as a nation, we need Congress to act and act now. If Congress and President Trump don’t act by the end of December, 12 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits they rely on – Merry Christmas. Unemployment benefits allowing them to keep food on the table, keep the lights on and the heat on, and pay their emergency paid vacation bills will end. The moratorium on evictions will expire. States will lose the vital tools they need to pay for Covid testing and public health. I am not the only one to say that this situation is urgent. If we don’t act now, the future will be very bleak. Americans need help and they need it now. And they need more to come early next year. But I must tell you that I am encouraged by the bipartisan efforts in the Senate, about $ 900 billion for relief, it is a bipartisan effort. Congress – Congress, as it works out the details of this relief program, will need to focus on resources for direct public health responses to Covid-19. The fight against Covid won’t be won in January – January alone. To truly end this crisis, Congress will need to fund more testing as well as more equitable and free distribution of the vaccine. We need more economic help to get through 2021 until this pandemic and economic crisis is over. And then we have to rebuild better.

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