A huge $1.9 trillion initiative was proposed by President-elect Joe Biden to fight the corona-virus pandemic and the economic crisis. The proposal calls for an additional $1,400 in direct payments per citizen, $350 billion for hard-hit state and local governments, and an additional $400 billion in pandemic response funds to compensate for vaccines, monitoring, re-opening of schools and paid leave for emergencies. It also provides enhanced unemployment insurance, working family tax credits, rental aid, and moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures through September. Biden has called for Congress to increase to $15 an hour the minimum wage. In a national address Thursday evening, he outlined his vision.