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With Unemployment On The Rise, How Will The $2.2T Bill Bring Relief?

Bryan Anselm for The New York Times
The coronavirus outbreak has devastated the business of many U.S. restaurants and retailers, including the Bendix Diner in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.


On this edition of Your Call, we’ll take your questions about the $2.2 trillion stimulus package.

The US Department of Labor says unemployment claims are expected to surge, after a record 3.3 million people filed claims. How will the bill help small businesses, those who’ve lost their jobs, and provide income to those who can’t work due to the coronavirus? If you qualify, officials say you should receive financial relief in about three weeks. 


Dr. Sylvia Allegretto, labor economist and co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at UC Berkeley


Robert Reich, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, former Labor Secretary during the Clinton administration, and author of 12 books, including The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It


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