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US President Joe Biden lifts minimum wage, offers economic relief in latest executive orders

US President Joe Biden has sped up financial relief for millions suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic in his latest executive orders.

The two executive orders Mr Biden signed would increase food aid, protect job seekers on unemployment and clear a path for federal workers and contractors to urge a $US15 ($19.44) hourly wage.

This comes as Congress begins to consider his much larger $US1.9 trillion ($2.46 trillion) package.

"This can help tens of millions of families, especially those who cannot provide meals for their kids," Mr Biden said.

"A lot of Americans are hurting. The virus is surging.

"No matter how you look at it, we need to act."

Mr Biden described the pandemic situation within the US as bleak, and said the virus couldn't be stopped within the next several months.

The nation's price has just passed 400,000, with the new President stating the toll could reach 600,000.

Most economists believe the US can rebound with strength once people are vaccinated from the coronavirus.

However, things remain dire, with many businesses and schools remaining closed.

Nearly 10 million jobs have been lost since last February, and nearly 30 million households lack secure access to food.

One of Mr Biden's orders asks the Department of Agriculture to think about adjusting the principles for food assistance, in order that the government might be obligated to supply extra money to the hungry.

The order also tries to form it easier for people to say direct payments from prior aid packages and other benefits.

Mr Biden's second executive order would restore union bargaining rights revoked by the Trump administration, protect the government officials system, and promote a $US15 hourly wage for all federal workers.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Mr Biden wants any deal to be bipartisan which the method of meeting with lawmakers to speak through the plan is simply beginning.

Neil Bradley, chief policy officer of the US Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday said Congress should act fast to approve the roughly $400 billion for national vaccination and other elements of the plan which have bipartisan support, instead of drag out negotiations.

"We're not going to let areas of disagreement prevent progress on areas where we can find common ground," Mr Bradley said.

"We cannot afford six months to get the vaccination process working right”.

"We can't even wait six weeks to get vaccinations distributed and schools reopened."

Dr. Dhillon Randeep


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