Biden visits Pennsylvania on tour in support of economic aid package

Biden visits Pennsylvania on tour in support of economic aid package

President, Vice President, First Lady and other officials speak in several key states and on television

President Joe Biden speaks in Pennsylvania on Tuesday in support of a recently adopted $ 1.9 trillion economic aid package.

Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Jill Biden, and other administration officials are visiting several key states and televising this week promoting a fiscal package designed to help the economy recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Biden is expected to meet with small businesses on Tuesday in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where he beat former Republican President Donald Trump in the November election. On Friday, Biden and Harris will visit Georgia, another key state where Biden defeated Trump.

The Democrats managed to get the so-called “America’s Salvation Plan” adopted, despite opposition from Republicans, who consider the amount of allocated funds excessive and are unhappy that the package includes measures not related to the pandemic.

White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein, speaking on CNN, said that the size of the package is justified and that it will take the economy out of the series of pauses and resumption of activity that have been replacing each other since quarantine restrictions were introduced in the country a year ago.

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The package includes $ 1,400 direct payments to most Americans, $ 350 billion in state and municipal government aid, increased tax credits for children, and increased funding for vaccination programs.

Biden said on Monday that his administration intends to achieve two important goals over the next 10 days: 100 million coronavirus vaccinations and 100 million direct payments to the public.

Earlier, the president emphasized that the vaccine will be used to ensure the safety of Americans and that only by solving this problem, it will be possible to think about providing the vaccine to other countries.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Tuesday before flying to Pennsylvania, Biden said the US is in discussions with several countries over who might get those doses of the vaccine that would be redundant. “We are already negotiating with several countries. I will inform you (of the results) very soon, ”the president said.