Countless Americans are still feeling the negative impact COVID had on the job market. As a response, lawmakers are pushing a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan that includes relief for those facing unemployment.
The American Rescue Plan is a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief proposal that is set to provide assistance to the American people. The proposal includes:
The weekly $300 unemployment checks that were approved in December 2020 are set to expire in March 2021. However, through the FPUC, the proposed American Rescue Plan will increase the weekly federal bonus to $400 and extend these payments through September 2021.
Biden also hopes to include an automatic triggering system that allows aid to be adjusted accordingly depending on certain economic triggers, such as the unemployment rate. This allows the federal government to continue providing financial assistance to those in need without passing an additional bill.
Through the PUA, this plan proposes to extend financial assistance for unemployed workers who typically do not qualify for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed and gig economy workers. It also supports increasing the number of weeks these workers are entitled to receive benefits.
In early January 2021, Biden expressed concern that governments are “slashing jobs” as a result of the pandemic and pledged to provide relief. The proposed plan will provide $350 billion to support local and state governments to provide assistance for housing, public transportation, school re-openings, and educational programs.
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