Poll: 82% Of Americans Want More Small Business Aid, 72% Want Stimulus Checks From Biden Administration
With President-elect Joe Biden preparing to push for a sweeping stimulus package from a Democratic Congress after he takes office on Wednesday, a new Morning Consult poll found that Americans want his administration to prioritize aid for small businesses and additional direct payments.
Of the 2,200 adults polled, 82% said small business aid should be a “top” or “important, but lower” priority for the new administration.
Another round of stimulus checks was a close second, with 79% of respondents saying that provision should be a priority for Biden.
More than two-thirds of respondents also listed the extension of housing finance policies, more unemployment benefits, and more state and local aid as priorities.
$1.9 trillion. That’s the size of the rescue package President-elect Biden proposed last week. Given the reluctance of many Republican lawmakers to spend that much and Democrats’ razor thin majority in the Senate, there’s no guarantee Congress will ultimately pass legislation of that size.
“We cannot afford inaction,” Biden said as he introduced the plan last week. “It’s not just that smart fiscal investments, including deficit spending, are more urgent than ever. It’s that the return on these investments in jobs, racial equity, will prevent long term economic damage, and the benefits will far…surpass the cost.”
Biden’s plan would include another round of stimulus checks at $1,400 (to boost the last round from $600 to $2,000), expanded federal unemployment benefits at $400 per week through September, another $350 billion in aid to state and local governments, and more assistance for small businesses. It would also include a major expansion of the child tax credit and a $15 per hour national minimum wage as well as rental assistance and an extension of a federal eviction moratorium. Congress has already passed five coronavirus relief bills authorizing some $3.5 trillion in legislative spending to combat the pandemic.
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