Biden Announces Executive Orders For Economic Relief Amid The Covid Pandemic | MSNBC

Jan 23, 2021 | News | 0 comments

Today, i’m signing an executive order that directs the whole of government a whole government effort to help millions of americans who are badly hurting. It requires all federal agencies to do what they can do to provide relief to family, small businesses and communities, and in the days ahead, i expect agencies to act. Let me touch on two ways. These actions can help change. Americans lives. We need to tackle the growing hunger crisis in america, one in seven households in america, one in seven more than one in five black and latino households in america report. They do not have enough food to eat. That includes nearly 30 million adults and as many as 12 million children and again they’re in a specific in this situation, through no fault of their own. It’S unconscionable. The american rescue plan provides additional emergency food and nutrition assistance for tens of millions of children and families to address this crisis, but families literally can’t wait another day as a result of the executive order. I’M going to shortly sign the department of agriculture will consider taking immediate steps to make it easier for the hardest hits families to enroll and claim more generous benefits in the critical food and nutrition assistance area. This can help tens of millions of families, especially those who can’t provide meals for their kids, who are learning remotely at home, are not receiving the regular meal plans that they have at school for breakfast or lunch it’s gon na. Also. We also need to protect the health and safety of the american worker right now. Approximately 40 percent of households in america have at least one member with a pre-existing condition. Just imagine you’re out of work through no fault of your own. You file for unemployment, while you’re. Looking for a job, you find one and you get an offer, but then you find out there’s a high risk of you’re getting infected with covet 19 because of your condition. You and your loved one and you and your loved ones have have ever even greater risk of death and serious illness because of the pre-existing conditions. So you turn it down right now, if you did that, you could be denied unemployment insurance, because you’re offered a job. You didn’t take it it’s wrong, no one should have to choose between their livelihoods and their own health or the health of their loved ones in the middle of a deadly pandemic. Because of the the executive order, i’m about to sign, i expect the department of labor to guarantee the right to refuse unemployment employment that will jeopardize your health and, if you do so, you’ll still be able to qualify for the insurance. That’S a judgment. The labor department will make look, there’s just two consequential ways that the action i’m taking today will help people in need another another way to help approximately 2 million veterans maintain their financial footing by pausing federal collections on overpayments and debts. Another makes sure that federal contractors are receiving taxpayers dollars, provide their workers with the pay and benefits they deserve. These are places where federal tax dollars are administered are being made available to build things from ships to staircases, and we let out the federal government. Let’S the contract and we’re going to make sure that they buy american and are made in america and here’s another right now there are up to eight million people that are eligible for direct payments from the cares act and the relief bill passed in december they’re entitled To those payments, but there’s not an easy way for those folks to assess access them, so we’re making it a priority today to fix that problem and get the relief they’re entitled to hey. Thanks for watching our youtube channel, you should know that you can follow today’s top stories and breaking news and catch up on your favorite msnbc shows all in one place, download the nbc news app today.

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