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Biden faces a set of massive economic and health crises - and his stimulus plan will test a vow to work with Congressional Republicans

Biden faces a set of massive economic and health crises - and his stimulus plan will test a vow to work with Congressional Republicans


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Biden's vow to work with Republicans will be quickly tested with his new stimulus package.




"Biden is inheriting among the worst crises a president has stepped into," a former top economic advisor to Obama said.




Nearly 10 million fewer Americans are employed due to the pandemic and millions more are receiving unemployment benefits.




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Now sworn in, President Joe Biden is inheriting a set of extraordinary crises that will test his new administration from its earliest days.A raging pandemic continues devastating the nation with daily infections and hospitalizations near record levels a year. The official US death tolls hit 400,000 people this week, nearly the same number of Americans killed in combat during World War II.Renewed restrictions combined with fear of the virus are straining an economy severely damaged from the year-long virus outbreak. There are 10 million more unemployed Americans compared to February 2020. Much of the economic burden has fallen squarely on women and minority communities, who have suffered larger job losses.Biden campaigned on restoring bipartisanship and national unity after four years of a chaotic presidency under Donald Trump. His inaugural address on Wednesday sought to forge a sense of collective purpose.
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