Biden Expands Food Stamps, Moves To Raise Minimum Wage As Stimulus Battle Brews

The Biden Administration’s flurry of no fewer than 50 executive orders, executive actions and legislative action-items continued apace on Friday as the administration turned its attention to combating economic and “racial” inequality, following Thursday’s COVID focus. Biden is cooking up two new EOs on Friday, one which raises the minimum wage nationally, and another expanding food stamp accessibility.

The administration appears to be pivoting on from Thursday’s theme – combating the COVID crisis – to Friday’s theme (as previewed yesterday by the Hill a day ago)  which is focused entirely on “economic/racial” inequality.

First thing’s first, Biden is signing two executive orders Thursday aimed at speeding pandemic stimulus checks to families who need it most, while increasing food aid for children who normally rely on school meals as a main source of nutrition.

Biden, who has proposed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package (at least the third since the start of this whole debacle, if one counts the measure passed last fall by Trump and his team), is using the two orders to try to ease the financial burden on Americans while Congress continues to battle over the next stimulus package, which is already seeing some (not-unexpected) pushback from Republicans like Mitt Romney who once lambasted Trump for his utter unwillingness to work with the other side (even though they once would have done the same.

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