Biden: We're Going to Need 'At Least Two More' Relief Packages

By Susan Jones | April 6, 2020 | 5:42am EDT
Former Vice President Joe Biden makes a point at one of the Democrat debates. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
Former Vice President Joe Biden makes a point at one of the Democrat debates. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Former Vice President Joe Biden, now running for president, was asked on Sunday if he's concerned about the economic consequences of coronavirus "stay at home" directives.

"Isn't there a point there that, if this lockdown goes on for too long, the public health concerns could be -- could be grave?" George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC's "This Week," asked Biden, who repeated the anchorman's words:

"Well, the public health concerns can be grave," Biden said.

And you saw what's happening in Singapore. They moved very rapidly to bring down the coronavirus down to zero, and then they began to open up. They had very, very tight restrictions in terms of social distancing, et cetera, staying in place. Now it's coming back.

And so, you know, we have got to -- what we need most of all, and it's not the president's fault at all, but we need most of all a vaccine. But in the meantime, we have to take all the efforts we can to make sure we prevent the spread, lower that curve as they talk about, and move from there.

And that's why I think, George, we're going to need not only the last -- CARES Act that the Congress passed, which did a great deal. We're going to need at least two more iterations of that, I believe, to help the economy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi already is calling for another huge relief package that includes larger payments to individuals, new infrastructure (water and broadband), family medical leave, more money for state and local governments, and new OSHA rules for health care and other frontline workers.

Biden also said he would "follow the science" on wearing a mask in public, saying that he would, if he leaves home. President Trump has said he won't wear a mask.

"When you go in public going forward, will you be wearing a mask?" Stephanopoulos asked Biden:

"Yes. Look, I think it's important to follow the science, listen to the experts, do what they tell you," Biden replied.

"It's, you know, you may not look -- he (Trump) may not like how he looks in a mask, but the truth of the matter is that follow the science, that's what they're telling us.

"So, if I go out in public, and I have not gone to commercial places of late. I haven't gone to my local church, et cetera, there are no services actually, but my generic point is that you should follow the science."

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