The future US President, Joe Biden, will give most Americans a $ 1,400 check.
Congress approved a $ 600 check in December, but Biden will provide an additional $ 1,400, bringing the total to $ 2,000, equivalent to just over $ 12,000.
It informs representatives of his staff according to the news agency AFP.
The check is part of a major economic recovery package to boost the country’s economy following the corona crisis.
Biden’s staff has not stated how large a part of the population qualifies to receive the check, writes Reuters.
When the $ 600 check was passed, anyone with an annual income of up to $ 75,000 was paid the full amount, after which the amount was reduced, writes CNN.
The plan, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, also states that he will raise the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour.
The incoming Democratic president will try to get a $ 1 trillion financial aid package implemented. This corresponds to NOK 11.7 trillion.
Biden will take office as President of the United States on Wednesday. Biden’s staff states that immediately after the inauguration, they will work with Congress to get the recovery plan implemented quickly.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Speaker Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement that the recovery plan is ‘the right way’.
The plan also sets out how to reopen schools and how to ensure a massive rollout of covid-19 vaccination in the United States.
Thus, the recovery package includes a proposal to provide $ 160 billion for a national covid-19 vaccination strategy.
$ 170 billion will go to schools with the goal of being able to open schools to kindergarten classes and up to 8th grade during Biden’s first 100 days as president, it said.
“We are in a race against time, and with a lack of additional government assistance, the economic and public health crisis could get worse in the coming months.”
“Schools will not be able to open safely, and vaccination will continue to be too slow,” the document states, according to AFP.
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