Biden on American Rescue Plan: ‘Shots in arms and money in pockets’

President Joe Biden talks about coronavirus relief on Monday from the White House.
President Joe Biden talks about coronavirus relief on Monday from the White House. (Copyright 2020 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.)

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden promised the American Rescue Plan will go directly to small businesses, get resources to schools and keep people from going hungry.

Biden said child poverty will be cut in half as a consequence of the rescue plan. He introduced Gene Sperling as the point person who will be coordinating the disbursement of the $4 trillion in pandemic relief.

Biden criticized the $2.2 trillion CARES Act as a “free for all for well-connected” companies.

“We will not let that happen this time,” Biden said, adding help is on the way with “shots in arms and money in pockets.”

The plan includes $1,400 per-person checks to households and extends unemployment insurance. For the first time, adult dependents are entitled to a check as well, so a low-income family of four will receive $5,600 checks.

He said the U.S. is days away from achieving 100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots. Biden also urged local doctors, ministers, and priests to talk about why it’s important to get the vaccine against COVID-19.

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