President Joe Biden is instructing an expansion of government benefits for hungry Americans following the coronavirus pandemic catch the worst food crisis the U.S. has noticed in modern times.
The decree, one of two executive orders he's to sign up Friday, represents among Biden's first actions to revive the world's largest economy after COVID-19 caused mass layoffs, which have left lots of people to disorganize to pay for the bills.
"The American people cannot afford to wait. And so most are hanging with a thread, they want help, and we're devoted to doing everything we could to provide that help as quickly as you can," said Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council.
Biden's main advantage to turn the economy around is just a $1.9 trillion "rescue" package he outlined a week ago, followed with a promised proposal targeted at fueling job creation and spurring hiring.
"Much, a lot more is required. And so this exactly why, even as we take these actions, we shall continue to engage with Congress and with the American people around the necessity to move ahead of the American rescue plan," Deese told reporters.
The orders also direct government agencies their health and expand protections for federal workers to help people faster access federal stimulus payments, let workers leave jobs that might endanger their health, and enlarge protections for federal workers.
Despite two massive government aid packages, the economy is reeling from the damage brought on by the pandemic, which has killed significantly more than 410,000 people, the highest death toll in just about the country.
The Labor Department announced more than 1.3 million new applications for unemployment were filed a week ago. By the first week of January, almost 16 million people were still collecting some form of jobless government benefits.
Among widespread joblessness, numerous families are struggling to pay for groceries. In mid-December, the Commerce Department announced that 13.7 percent of adults lived in households where they generally or often did not need enough to eat.
Schools'decisions to close or modify their schedules because of the pandemic worsened the hunger crisis, as numerous poor children depend on meals served there.