Joe Biden promises to help poor Americans

World | 15 Sep 2020 10:24 am

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is promising to “restore dignity for everyone, especially the poor” if he defeats President Donald Trump in November.

Biden made his pledge Monday to an online convocation of the Poor People’s Campaign, one of the nation’s leading civil rights and social justice organizations.

Biden highlighted several of his economic proposals: raising the federal minimum wage to US$15 an hour, expanding health insurance access, investing billions of dollars in childcare, early childhood education and college tuition assistance. He also cited his plans for a US$15,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers and other housing assistance.

The Rev. William Barber, co-chairman of the Poor People’s Campaign, said 140 million Americans are “poor or low-income individuals,” spanning all races and ethnic groups. Biden and Barber say that number is growing because of the coronavirus pandemic’s disproportionate affects on poor and minority communities.

Barber is lamenting that tens of millions of those poor and low-income Americans don’t vote.

Barber invited Biden and Trump to speak, but Barber says the Trump campaign did not accept. Trump was campaigning Monday evening in Arizona.-AP


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