Washington- After the episode of the impeachment of Donald Trump, the president, Joe Biden, is now focused on advancing his agenda, where the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the deterioration of the economy has priority, with his efforts focused on pass a new stimulus package worth 1.9 trillion dollars.
After months of electoral drama and post-drama in which Trump has been omnipresent in the media, Biden, who was this Monday at the Camp Davis residence passing the holiday that commemorates the birth of the first president, George Washington (1789-1797 ), made it clear today that it is time to talk about the pandemic, the economy and the measures of his Government.
In that sense, he announced in a statement the activation of the website HealthCare.gov, where all those who do not have health care and want to join the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare, can sign up. in his day Trump tried to bring down.RELATED
Biden also made a plea to defend the bailout: “As more Americans receive (medical) coverage, it is motivating to see Congress move quickly to pass the American Rescue Plan, which will redouble testing, screening and our vaccination program for get as many doses as possible delivered as fast as we can, ”he said.
Steps to lower healthcare costs
The stimulus package “will also take big steps to lower healthcare costs and expand care to all Americans, including those who have lost their jobs. It will increase federal subsidies and lower premiums to ensure that no one pays more than 8.5%. “
The stimulus plan achieved a great advance in Congress at the beginning of this month, where both chambers approved the draft, although without the bipartisan support that the president longed for, and that could be definitively approved in the coming weeks .
The proposal encompasses the distribution of checks for $ 1,400 to taxpayers, a weekly unemployment benefit of $ 400 and $ 350,000 million to help state and municipal governments cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
It also includes an increase in the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour for the entire country, and more funds for child care, school financing and the distribution of vaccines.
In March, Congress approved a $ 2.3 trillion bailout – the largest in U.S. history – and a $ 900 billion bailout in December, with taxpayer checks, eviction protections and contributions to extend aid to the unemployment.
Since his inauguration on January 20, Biden has strived to print a different tone than his predecessor in the fight against the pandemic in the country, the most affected in the world by COVID-19, with more than 27.6 million cases and more than 485,000 deaths.
Unlike Trump, who took months to wear a mask in public, the president has issued a federal mandate for the use of a mask, among other measures.
Biden has reversed dozens of Trump measures
But Biden is not only taking a different approach to dealing with the pandemic, but he has also reversed many of the policies of his predecessor, issuing dozens of executive orders to reverse measures in different areas, such as immigration, the climate crisis, health and foreign policy.
All this has been while the process was being developed in Congress to hold an impeachment trial against Trump, accused of “inciting insurrection” for the assault on the Capitol last month, where five people died.
After weeks of preparations and a process that has lasted less than a week, the former president was acquitted on Saturday in a vote in the Senate.
With the “impeachment” closed, as they say impeachment in English, and with Trump silenced by the veto of the main social networks, Biden returns this Monday from Camp David to the White House to face a week in which he will make his first trips within of the country, as president.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, he will travel to Milwaukee (Wisconsin) to participate in an event organized by the CNN television network to answer questions from citizens, with the pandemic and the economic crisis in the background.
On Thursday, he will go to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he plans to tour one of the manufacturing plants of the COVID-19 vaccine of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.
And on Friday it will take part in its first international meetings -a meeting of the G7 and the Munich Security Conference-, which due to the coronavirus will be telematics.
According to the agenda provided by the White House, the US president will attend the G7 virtual meeting “to discuss plans to defeat the covid-19 pandemic and rebuild the global economy.”
Afterward, Biden “will make statements about the importance of our transatlantic ties at a virtual event sponsored by the Munich Security Conference.”