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Today Joe Biden is expected to sign two new executive orders that will increase food aid and expand protection for federal employees. Regulations include improved grocery stamp benefits, a $ 15 minimum wage for federal employees, and expanded unemployment benefits.
What’s in the two executive orders?
The following is expected:
- The president urges the Department of Labor to provide unemployed Americans with unemployment benefits if they refuse jobs that could endanger their health. according to the New York Times. A federal right of refusal would protect job seekers from being forced to take jobs that could expose them to the COVID virus.
- The executive action will also seek to expand the protection and benefits of federal employees by restoring some collective bargaining rights, guaranteeing a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour (plus paid emergency vacation benefits), and eliminating a previous Trump Executive Order under which certain public employees Service was named a Schedule F classification. The classification made it easier to dismiss employees as it was less protected under public service regulations.
- Via CNNPresident Joe Biden will ask the Department of Agriculture to improve the situation Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) by 15%, giving a family with three children more than $ 100 additional support every two months. The funds are intended to compensate for the loss of school feeding programs.
- Biden will also increase the benefits of SNAP grocery stamps for the 12 million Americans (roughly 40% of the lowest-income SNAP recipients) who did not qualify for additional relief under previous relief packages. According to the New York TimesThe order increases the benefits for a family of four by 15% – 20% per month.
- The president will also ask the Treasury Department to find a better way to deliver relief checks to eight million low-income Americans who do not file taxes and are hard to come by. The IRS had created one Non-filer tool to help these people get their aid checks, but many are still unclaimed.