The president will ask the Department of Agriculture to expand food stamps benefits and school meals programs. A separate unilateral move aims to help get previously approved stimulus checks into the hands of Americans who haven’t received them yet.
There’s fear the U.K. variant and others could overwhelm medical systems. Germany proposed strict, temporary bans on travel to the E.U. from countries where mutated forms of the virus are already prevalent.
While engaging in negotiations, the president is also preparing to impose new costs on Russia pending an intelligence assessment and is ruling out a “reset” in relations with Moscow, senior officials said.