Biden’s Plan for economic recovery

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email
Biden Executive Orders

Early Agenda for President Biden

Following his inauguration on January 20th, President Biden has signed several dozen executive orders to bolster the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic response and accelerate economic recovery. Many of these actions are supported by broad stakeholder groups that share the urgency of confronting and ending the spread of COVID-19 and reopening the economy as soon as possible.

As part of the Biden Administration COVID-19 response, the President has proposed the ‘America Rescue Plan,’ a $1.9 trillion legislative package with several elements including:

Funding for vaccine development and administration

  • $100 billion to increase testing, PPE manufacturing, and state partnerships to expand vaccine administration

State and local government funding

  • $350+ billion

Expanded federal unemployment insurance ‘boost’

  • Additional $400/week through Sept 2021

Education funding (K-12 and higher education)

  • $170 billion

Additional stimulus payments

  • $1,400 per individual

Extend and expand Families First Coronavirus Response Act policies related to emergency family and worker leave

Rent and utility assistance for families

  • $30 billion

Child Care Stabilization Fund

  • $40 billion to help providers remain open, including additional emergency funding

One of President Biden’s Inaugural speech’s main themes was unity, and a bipartisan vote on another stimulus package would be a key signal of that goal. Unfortunately, partisan divisions have already begun to form to the President’s Rescue Plan’s overall size, especially considering the $900 billion stimulus package passed at the end of December 2020. There are bipartisan elements in the plan with vaccine administration, education funding, and additional stimulus payments.

While the House is expected to consider and approve the Rescue Plan, the Senate will struggle to quickly find bipartisan balance. Instead, the Senate will continue its process of confirming Biden nominees before turning to former President Trump’s impeachment trial in early February. President Biden’s time in Washington, DC as a longtime Senator should be an asset in navigating a 50-50 Senate and working with some of his former Republican colleagues to find additional votes for vital legislative priorities.

If discussions with Republicans do not produce favorable results, Senate Democrats have the option of using a procedural tactic called ‘budget reconciliation.’ It is limited in scope and takes time to pull language together, but it does allow for a simple majority vote on legislation dealing with direct spending and revenues (taxes). It is important to point out that Biden’s team has not proposed any tax increases connected with their Rescue Plan, but that could change later in the year as Democrats plan to pursue longer-term infrastructure investments.

 

Keep up to date on government issues that matter to our industry with our Policy Matters blog, and find out more about HFA government advocacy.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email
Looking to grow your business? Look no further.
Becoming a member of the HFA has more benefits than we can list here. Click the button to learn more.
Trending In

HFA Solution Partners

AltheaSuite_HFA Solution Partner

AltheaSuite is an innovative, modular, cloud-based ERP solution that will work on your PC/MAC and

STORIS Logo

About STORIS For 30 years, STORIS has been the leading provider of technology to the

RetailSystem Logo

Created by a large furniture retailer over 18 years ago – RetailSystem cloud-based point-of-sale now

AltheaSuite_HFA Solution Partner

AltheaSuite is an innovative, modular, cloud-based ERP solution that will work on your PC/MAC and

STORIS Logo

About STORIS For 30 years, STORIS has been the leading provider of technology to the

RetailSystem Logo

Created by a large furniture retailer over 18 years ago – RetailSystem cloud-based point-of-sale now

Furniture Wizard Logo

Furniture Wizard is a powerful and easy-to-use point-of-sale system that eliminates the tedious and time-consuming

Arthur J Gallagher Logo

Gallagher is a global leader in insurance, risk management and consulting services. For more than

Furniture Wizard Logo

Furniture Wizard is a powerful and easy-to-use point-of-sale system that eliminates the tedious and time-consuming

Arthur J Gallagher Logo

Gallagher is a global leader in insurance, risk management and consulting services. For more than

Sign up for more!
From HFA events to the latest member news, get updates straight to your inbox.
HFA Members

Not an HFA member?

Don't miss out on all of our association benefits!