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3.47pm BST

In case you missed it yesterday: progressive congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is introducing a bill to extend the pandemic-related unemployment benefits that expired earlier this month.

If Ocasio-Cortez’s bill were enacted, the supplemental benefits would be retroactive to September 6 and extend through February 1, 2022.

We’re introducing a bill to extend all federal pandemic unemployment insurance through Feb. 1. Benefits would be retroactive to Sep. 6.

We can’t let pandemic unemployment assistance lapse when we’re still recovering from the cost effects of the pandemic. https://t.co/su5iGSw5vk

3.24pm BST

The White House press secretary confirmed that Joe Biden’s speech this afternoon will focus on ensuring the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share in taxes, in order to help middle-class Americans reach their full economic potential.

Later this afternoon, @POTUS will lay out his case on the economy–and the big choice facing America at this moment: Are we going to continue with an economy that benefits the wealthy and big corporations or are we going to set the country on a path that benefits working people?

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Source: The Guardian