President-elect Joe Biden unveiled the details of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that he hopes to pass early into his presidency. The plan would provide funds to state and local governments, health initiatives, schools, child care, workers and more.
It would include $350 billion to help state and local governments, including support to first responders, expanding testing and reopening schools. It would also create a national vaccination program, provide funding to expand the health workforce by 100,000 people to conduct outreach and contract tracing. It also offers $50 billion to expand national testing and $40 billion for supplies.
Other items to note for signatory contractors in the proposal include:
- Direct payments of $1,400 per person in addition to the $600 provided under December’s omnibus spending law.
- Expanding emergency paid leave and unemployment programs, while increasing the minimum wage to $15.
- Expanding tax credits for children and child care and reducing health insurance premiums.
- Offering grants and investment capital to small businesses.