Trump’s White House isn’t the only one with a stimulus plan. Joe Biden has one, too – CNET

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden revealed his thoughts on the stimulus package.


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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

Election Day is in six days. President Donald Trump’s administration continues to negotiate with the Democratic party over a new stimulus deal to provide much-needed funds for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

“After the election, we’ll get the best stimulus package you’ve ever seen” if he’s reelected president, Trump said Tuesday in a press briefing. Trump isn’t the only one with a plan. His opponent, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, also has a vision for stimulus.

On his website, Biden lays out his Emergency Action Plan to Save the Economy, which is a rundown of what he would do if he were the president right now. Although it’s a speculative overview, the plan provides insight on Biden’s policy if he’s elected president before a new stimulus bill passes. 

It includes some elements we saw in the CARES Act, such as stimulus checks for qualified Americans and more unemployment benefits. Biden’s plan also envisions new measures to provide additional financial help. 

Here’s what’s in Biden’s stimulus plan.


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Send more stimulus checks to individuals and families

The CARES Act was the first stimulus package intended to help those financially affected by the pandemic. One of the most popular aspects of the act was the $1,200 stimulus check sent out to an estimated 159 million Americans. It caused a jump in household spending at a time when the pandemic was at its worst and others were able to save the funds for a later time. 

Biden’s plan, like the one Trump is backing, will include more direct stimulus payments, but it doesn’t specify how many or for how much, or if any of the qualifications would change. Democrats and Republicans are currently negotiating for more stimulus relief that would include another round of direct payments, but the clock is ticking to get a bill passed, and the results of the presidential elections on Nov. 3 could play a role on the timing of a deal.

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Forgive student loans

Included in the CARES Act was a forbearance for student loans. Those individuals who owed money wouldn’t need to make payments or see any interest accrue until the end of September, according to Biden’s stimulus vision. 

Back in August, Trump extended the forbearance until the end of 2020. Biden’s plan goes a different direction by offering a loan forgiveness of a $10,000 minimum. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, outlined a plan to forgive the federal student loan debt back in September.  

Boost and renew unemployment benefits

Lockdowns across cities led to an unprecedented spike in unemployment with more than 20 million people having lost their jobs back in May. To help those unemployed so suddenly, the CARES Act provided a weekly bonus payment of $600 to go on top of the unemployment benefits provided by the states. These extra funds expired at the end of July, and President Trump restarted the bonus in August via an executive memo. This temporary relief provided $300 extra for six weeks and has since been exhausted with only a new stimulus package capable of providing more funds. 

Biden’s plan does not go into specifics on how much funding would be available. It does say that a bill would boost unemployment benefits. 

Increase Social Security payments

There were no measures to Social Security in the CARES Act or other relief packages since then. Biden’s stimulus plan calls for an additional $200 added to the monthly payments to Social Security recipients. 

Additional measures

Biden’s action plan also includes additional reliefs such as:

  • More money for small businesses
  • Emergency sick leave for everyone who needs it
  • Fiscal relief for states
  • No out-of-pocket money for COVID-19 testing, treatment and an eventual vaccine

For more information on the current stimulus package situation, read how much stimulus money you could get if a bill is passed, why you might receive an EIP card instead of a check or how you can get more stimulus money.