Biden, Xi could meet in person, US official says
US China FILE - This combination image shows U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington, Nov. 6, 2021, and China's President Xi Jinping in Brasília, Brazil, Nov. 13, 2019. However, they have not met in person since Biden became president last year. Xi emphasized those claims during his call with Biden, according to China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The call with Xi took place as Biden aims to find new ways to work with China and contain its influence around the world. John Kirby, a U.S. national security spokesman, said Wednesday that it was important for Biden and Xi to regularly touch base.wftv.com
Biden, Xi could meet in person, US official says
US China FILE - This combination image shows U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington, Nov. 6, 2021, and China's President Xi Jinping in Brasília, Brazil, Nov. 13, 2019. However, they have not met in person since Biden became president last year. “Those who play with fire will perish by it,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the call with Biden. John Kirby, a U.S. national security spokesman, said Wednesday that it was important for Biden and Xi to regularly touch base. “The president wants to make sure that the lines of communication with President Xi remain open because they need to,” Kirby told reporters at a White House briefing.wftv.com
Kushner in new book claims Kelly shoved Ivanka Trump
Jared Kushner, former President Trump’s son-in-law and a top White House adviser in his administration, claims in a new book that Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly once shoved his wife, Ivanka Trump, after a tense Oval Office meeting. According to an excerpt of “Breaking History: A White House Memoir” obtained by The Washington Post,…news.yahoo.com
President Joe Biden tests negative days after contracting COVID-19
President Joe Biden U.S. President Joe Biden gestures toward reporters as he departs Marine One and walks to the Oval Office on the South Lawn of the White House July 20, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images, File)WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday evening, days after White House officials announced he had contracted the viral infection, officials said Wednesday. >> Read more trending newsThe 79-year-old president also tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday morning, according to a letter from his physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor. Biden had tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. Check back for updates to this developing story.wftv.com
Biden hosts climate meeting amid high gas price pressure
Biden AP Interview President Joe Biden speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Washington. Also present is Egypt, which is hosting the next United Nations summit on climate change, and the U.N. secretary general, António Guterres. “I’m using every lever available to me to bring down prices for the American people,” Biden said. Biden sounded the alarm on extreme weather events in an Oval Office interview on Thursday with The Associated Press. These are 1,000-year kinds of events.”But the Russian invasion of Ukraine has scrambled Biden's climate goals by driving up the cost of gas.wftv.com
Biden hosts climate meeting amid high gas price pressure
Biden AP Interview President Joe Biden speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Washington. Among the participants will be China, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the European Union. Also present will be Egypt, which is hosting the next United Nations summit on climate change, and the U.N. secretary general, António Guterres. The conference is known as the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, and it began under President Barack Obama in 2009. The White House recently praised the kingdom after OPEC+ announced that it would pump more oil to boost the global supply.wftv.com
White House clams up on Biden COVID-19 testing regimen
Since Inauguration Day, the White House had frequently answered questions from reporters about when Biden, 79, last tested negative for the virus. Now, the White House says its policy is not to answer those questions. “I’m telling you he has a regular cadence," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday, refusing to say what day he last tested negative. And the White House had previously been more transparent about Biden's testing. The White House said Biden has never tested positive for COVID-19.wftv.com
The AP Interview: Biden says recession is 'not inevitable'
Biden AP Interview President Joe Biden speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden told The Associated Press on Thursday that the American people are “really, really down” after a tumultuous two years with the coronavirus pandemic, volatility in the economy and now surging gasoline prices that are hitting family budgets. He said a recession is not inevitable and bristled at claims by Republican lawmakers that last year's COVID-19 aid plan was fully to blame for inflation reaching a 40-year high, calling that argument “bizarre.”As for the overall American mindset, Biden said, “People are really, really down.”“They’re really down," he said. But most of it’s the consequence of what’s happened, what happened as a consequence of the COVID crisis.”Speaking to the AP in a 30-minute Oval Office interview, Biden addressed the warnings by economists that the United States could be headed for a recession. “That’s not hyperbole, that’s a fact.”Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Biden seeks to counter state actions he sees as anti-LGBTQ
Biden President Joe Biden walks to the Oval Office of the White House after arriving on Marine One, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Washington. The White House says the actions, which tap money already allocated to federal agencies, are meant to counter 300-plus anti-LGBTQ laws introduced by state lawmakers over the past year alone. Among the state laws the White House has opposed is Florida's "Don't Say Gay" measure, which was signed by Republican Gov. It bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. In earlier orders, Biden has sought to spell out that gay and transgender people are protecting from discrimination in schools, health care and at work.wftv.com
What's in the latest US military package to Ukraine
Russia Ukraine War Arms Package FILE - President Joe Biden speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) (Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON — (AP) — As the war in Ukraine evolves, so do the needs of the Ukraine military. In the initial phase of the invasion, Ukraine relied on anti-tank and anti-armor weapons to repel what many thought would be a quick assault on Russia's smaller neighbor. A look at what's in the latest $700 million in U.S. military aid:HIMARSIt stands for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. RADARAlso in the package are five counter-artillery radar systems and two air-surveillance radar systems.wftv.com
Americas summit agenda takes shape, but who will show up?
Biden Americas Summit FILE - President Joe Biden meets with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Nov. 18, 2021. The Summit of the Americas is a little more than two weeks away in Los Angeles, and there's still no clear answer on what countries are going. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has threatened to boycott if Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua aren't included. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is putting final touches on an agenda for next week's Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, but it's still unclear if Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will attend. His absence would be a setback for the United States, which is hosting the summit for the first time since 1994.wftv.com
Italian leader urges Ukraine ceasefire in visit with Biden
US Italy Biden President Joe Biden and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi meet in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Washington. Biden did not echo Draghi's comments, and U.S. officials appear openly skeptical that there's a way to restart talks at this point. Biden and Draghi still emphasized their two countries' deep ties and their work on Ukraine. “You’ve been a good friend and a great ally,” Biden said, adding that the allies had “all stepped up” to confront Russia. Echoing comments that Biden has often made, Draghi added that Putin “thought he could divide us.wftv.com
Biden signs Ukraine 'lend-lease' bill in rejoinder to Putin
Biden President Joe Biden signs the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, May 9, 2022, in Washington. It all serves as a rejoinder to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has seized on V-E day, the anniversary of Germany's unconditional surrender and Russia's biggest patriotic holiday, to rally his people behind the invasion. Before signing the bill, Biden said that “Putin’s war” was “once more bringing wanton destruction of Europe," drawing reference to the significance of the day. “It really matters," Biden said of the bipartisan support for Ukraine. But as the package makes its way through the House and Senate, with votes possible soon, lawmakers are showing no signs of flinching.wftv.com
WH environmental justice advisors press for Justice40
The initiative has been held up as an unprecedented push to bring environmental justice to communities long plagued by pollution and climate inaction. The three members of the federal environmental justice council leading the $14 million-dollar effort, Beverly Wright, Peggy Shepard and Robert Bullard, have been working closely with the administration on Justice40. The trio are combining philanthropic grants from the Bezos Earth Fund, $6 million from Shepard's WE ACT for Environmental Justice, $4 million from Wright's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and $4 million from the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice, to ensure federal funding from Justice40 “goes where it's intended,” Shepard said. In recommendations to the Biden administration, many reputable environmental justice advocates pushed for a methodical, intentional process for identifying disadvantaged communities and disbursing funds. Bullard pointed to discrimination in how flood relief was distributed in Texas, where the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice is located, as an example.wftv.com
WH environmental justice advisors press for Justice40 action
Key members of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council say they plan to use $14 million from the Bezos Earth Fund to make sure the Biden administration follows through on its Justice40 initiative, a commitment that 40% of benefits from all climate and environment investment go to disadvantaged communities.
Scoop: Key Trump aide’s absence a new clue in Jan. 6 records gap
On Jan. 6, 2021, during an apparent seven-hour gap in White House call logs that the House select committee investigating the attack is now trying to piece together, then-President Trump's executive assistant, Molly Michael, was absent for most of the day, three sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.Why it matters: Though sources said the Trump White House's already spotty record-keeping operation had virtually collapsed by the final weeks of his presidency, Michael's absence is a previouslynews.yahoo.com
Biden to sign bill making lynching a federal hate crime
Biden President Joe Biden walks to the Oval Office of the White House after paying respects to the late Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday was signing a bill into law to make lynching a federal hate crime, more than 100 years after such legislation was first proposed. The House approved the bill 422-3 on March 7, with eight members not voting, after it cleared the Senate by unanimous consent. Rush also had introduced a bill in January 2019 that the House passed 410-4 before that measure stalled in the Senate. A federal hate crime statute eventually was passed and signed into law in the 1990s, decades after the civil rights movement.wftv.com
Biden says he remains focused on Pacific amid Ukraine crisis
Biden US Singapore President Joe Biden listens as Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday sought to assure Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that his administration remains focused on the Indo-Pacific region even as they deal with the fallout of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. “Even as we address the crisis in Europe, my administration is strongly supportive of moving rapidly to implement the Indo-Pacific strategy ... and the United States is a proud Indo-Pacific nation,” Biden said. Singapore, which typically waits for United Nations backing before implementing sanctions, has imposed restrictions on some exports and a ban on financial institutions from doing business with Russian banks. Biden was scheduled to host several national leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this week, but the summit was postponed.wftv.com
EXPLAINER: How would billionaire income tax work?
In effect, the Billionaire Minimum Income Tax payments are a prepayment of tax obligations these households will owe when they later realize their gains. It's taxing gains achieved from their wealth, but it's real and unrealized income rather than simply the underlying assets. That's why David Gamage, a tax law professor at Indiana University says “it's not a wealth tax, it's an income tax reform." He says, “This is a minimum income tax that includes the true economic value” of income that can be held for a very long time, he said. A ProPublica report from last June outlined how the wealthiest Americans can legally pay income taxes that are a fraction of what middle income Americans pay on their income.wftv.com
Biden signs order on cryptocurrency as its use explodes
Biden FILE - President Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office of the White House, on March 4, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order on government oversight of cryptocurrency that urges the Federal Reserve to explore whether the central bank should jump in and create its own digital currency. Under the executive order, Biden also has directed the Treasury Department and other federal agencies to study the impact of cryptocurrency on financial stability and national security. Brian Deese and Jake Sullivan, Biden's top economic and national security advisers, respectively, said the order establishes the first comprehensive federal digital assets strategy for the United States. Some participants in digital currency welcome the idea of more government involvement with crypto.wftv.com
Biden signing order on cryptocurrency as its use explodes
Biden FILE - President Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office of the White House, on March 4, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden is signing an executive order on government oversight of cryptocurrency that urges the Federal Reserve to explore whether the central bank should jump in and create its own digital currency. The Biden administration views the explosive popularity of cryptocurrency as a call for acting with urgency to look at the risks and benefits of digital assets, said a senior administration official who previewed the order on the condition of anonymity. As part of the order being signed Wednesday, the Treasury Department and other federal agencies are to study the impact of cryptocurrency on financial stability and national security. The Biden administration has argued that Russia won't be able to make up for the loss of U.S. and European business by turning to cryptocurrency.wftv.com
Biden seeking more health care for vets exposed to burn pits
Biden FILE - President Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office of the White House, on March 4, 2022, in Washington. Biden’s trip on Tuesday to Fort Worth, Texas, is personal. It's a chance to talk with veterans and their caregivers and push for more help for members of the military who face health problems after exposure to burn pits. Biden, a Democrat, will also call on Congress to send him a bill that protects veterans who face health consequences after burn pit exposure. The House last week passed a bill that would provide VA health care to millions of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who meet that criteria.wftv.com
In Texas trip, Biden to call for more health care for vets
Biden FILE - President Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office of the White House, on March 4, 2022, in Washington. Biden’s trip on Tuesday to Fort Worth, Texas, is personal. It's a chance to talk with veterans and their caregivers and push for more help for members of the military who face health problems after exposure to burn pits. “But I’m committed to finding out everything we can.”White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that Biden will be traveling with Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough to Texas. The House passed a bill Thursday that would provide VA health care to millions of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who meet that criteria.wftv.com
Biden executive order on cryptocurrency expected this week
Biden President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, March 4, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order on cryptocurrency this week that will mark the first step toward regulating how digital currency is traded. Two people familiar with the process said the executive order on cryptocurrency was expected to be issued this week and it had been in the works long before the war. The order is expected to describe what government agencies, including the Treasury Department, need to do to develop policies and regulations on digital currencies. Implicit in the order will be that cryptocurrency will remain a part of the U.S. economy for years to come.wftv.com
Finnish leader meets Biden, weighs NATO as war deepens
Biden President Joe Biden meets with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, March 4, 2022, in Washington. Biden said at the start of their meeting, "We agree it's not only an attack on Ukraine, it's an attack on the security of Europe." The attack on Ukraine also has prompted Finland and Sweden to break with their policy of not providing arms to countries at war. Biden thanked the Finnish president for the country's help for Ukraine. He said, “Finland is a critical partner to the United States, a strong defense partner, a partner to NATO."wftv.com
Army Corps of Engineers gets $14B to help ease supply chains
Biden’s long arc in public life has always had one final ambition: to sit behind the Resolute Desk of the Oval Office. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) (Evan Vucci)The Biden administration on Wednesday announced the release of $14 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers to fund 500 projects, with a focus on easing supply chain problems. Among the projects being funded for the Army Corps of Engineers is $858 million to replace locks on the Ohio River so that water levels are high enough for large cargo ships. Locks are enclosures that help to raise and lower water levels and make it easier to navigate waterways on uneven terrain. Wednesday's announcement includes $470 million for a new lock in Michigan that is key for shipping iron ore.wftv.com
Biden to back filibuster changes to push voting rights bill
Some voting rights advocates planned to boycott the speech and instead spend the day working. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, known for her untiring voting rights work, also was skipping the event. So far, Democrats have been unable to agree among themselves over potential changes to the Senate filibuster rules to allow action on voting rights, despite months of private negotiations. He’s given a range of speeches, he’s advocated for voting rights to pass,” she said. Voting rights groups view the changes as a subtler form of the ballot restrictions like literacy tests and poll taxes once used to disenfranchise Black voters, now a key Democratic constituency.wftv.com
Voting rights groups worry Biden's Ga. speech comes too late
Biden President Joe Biden walks to the Oval Office of the White House after stepping off Marine One, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Washington. Instead, aides say, he'll use the presidential megaphone to speak out about voting rights and concerns about American democracy. It's not enough for some voting rights advocates, who are boycotting the speech and instead spending the day working. Activist groups said they'd prefer that Biden stay in Washington to work on breaking the logjam on voting rights legislation in Congress. He’s given a range of speeches, he’s advocated for voting rights to pass," she said.wftv.com
Biden raises concerns to Ethiopian PM about Tigray conflict
Biden President Joe Biden walks to the Oval Office of the White House after stepping off Marine One, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden expressed concerns on Monday in a phone call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about detentions and civilian killings in the conflict in the Tigray region, while commending Abiy for the recent release of several political prisoners. The White House said that Biden raised to Abiy recent airstrikes that continue to cause civilian casualties and suffering in Africa's second most populous nation. The conflict entered a new phase in late December when when Tigray forces retreated into their region amid a Tigray military offensive and Ethiopian forces said they would not advance further there. Biden announced in November he was moving to cut Ethiopia from a U.S. trade program over its failure to end the conflict in the Tigray region that has led to “gross violations” of human rights.wftv.com
Biden raises concerns to Ethiopian PM about Tigray conflict
President Joe Biden expressed concerns on Monday to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about detentions and civilian killings in the conflict in the country's Tigray region, while commending Abiy for the recent release of several political prisoners.
Biden signs debt ceiling increase, preventing first-ever U.S. default
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks prior to signing an executive order intended to reduce bureaucracy around government services for the public, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2021. President Joe Biden signed a debt ceiling increase into law Thursday, ensuring the U.S. will not default on its debt for the first time ever. Biden signed the borrowing limit hike a day after the date that the Treasury Department estimated it would run out of tools to keep paying the country's bills. Congress sent the legislation, which raises the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion, to Biden early Wednesday. It is expected to allow the government to cover its obligations into 2023.cnbc.com
Biden: Nation owes school shooting victims more than prayers
And the nation was shocked.”A gunman killed 20 first-grade students and six educators inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. He also hopes communities use some of the money from the massive spending plan to help end gun violence. A senior White House official said Biden shared frustrations expressed by many gun violence prevention groups that Congress is acting too slowly to implement new gun legislation. The official also pointed to the administration’s multifaceted approach to preventing gun violence from enforcement to addressing systemic and root causes. But the official said the Biden administration was still doing all it can, even without a confirmed ATF director, to reduce gun violence.wftv.com
Biden announces huge infrastructure plan to 'win the future'
Biden hopes to pass an infrastructure plan by summer, which could mean relying solely on the slim Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate. “Ninety-one Fortune 500 Companies, including Amazon, pay not a single solitary penny in income tax,” Biden said. “Wall Street didn’t build this country," Biden said. The new construction could keep the economy running hot, coming on the heels of Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. But we have to get it done.”AdDemocratic leaders embraced Biden’s plan Wednesday.
Beyond bridges: Biden redefines infrastructure to add people
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – Beyond roads and bridges, President Joe Biden is trying to redefine infrastructure not just as an investment in America the place, but in its workers, families and people. “He’s talking about physical infrastructure and we’re talking about human infrastructure,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said in an interview Tuesday. The White House is taking a two-pronged approach to this next big package. Biden's approach is about “making an investment in America,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. AdAs the committees in Congress begin to tackle individual provisions — including those on transportation, China and others — the White House will encourage those efforts.
Biden to nominate 3 federal prosecutors for New York offices
FILE - In this March 17, 2021 photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Biden intends to nominate three African American prosecutors to run the U.S. attorneys offices in New York, including the first Black man to run the Southern District of New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is expected to nominate three prosecutors to run the U.S. attorney’s offices in New York state, including the first Black man to run the Southern District of New York in Manhattan and the first Black woman to head the Western District in Buffalo. Ross, a longtime federal prosecutor, is expected to run the office in the Buffalo-based Western District. Brooklyn federal prosecutors have been examining the state’s handling of COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes in a probe that drew public attention after a top aide to New York Gov.
Pace of spending for pandemic aid? Try $43,000 every second
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)BALTIMORE – To pay out his coronavirus relief package, President Joe Biden must spend an average of $3.7 billion every day for the rest of this year. Schools and state and local governments also might spread out spending to well after most of the country is vaccinated. “To do that, we’re going to need your input and advice.”The Biden package also introduces about $140 billion in temporary tax credits. First is the reduction in child poverty promoted by the Biden team through the tax credits and other aid. But the spending in the Biden package also reflects how much has changed after the nation went into lockdown a year ago.
The Latest: Biden urges Americans to 'stick with the rules'
President Joe Biden arrives to speak about the COVID-19 pandemic during a prime-time address from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – The Latest on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package (all times local):8:30 p.m.President Joe Biden is urging Americans to “stick with the rules" as he wraps up his address to the nation on the one-year anniversary of the beginning of coronavirus pandemic. __8:05 p.m.President Joe Biden is delivering a somber but optimistic message on the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden says, “We all lost something, a collective suffering, a collective sacrifice.”Ad__6:40 p.m.President Joe Biden is planning to announce during his prime-time address Thursday night that he’ll deploy 4,000 additional U.S. troops to support coronavirus vaccination efforts. The officials say the president will also say that there is a good chance Americans will be able to safely gather in small groups by July 4.
Pace of spending for pandemic aid? Try $43,000 every second
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)BALTIMORE – To pay out his coronavirus relief package, President Joe Biden must spend an average of $3.7 billion every day for the rest of this year. Schools and state and local governments also might spread out spending to well after most of the country is vaccinated. “To do that, we’re going to need your input and advice.”AdThe Biden package also introduces about $140 billion in temporary tax credits. First is the reduction in child poverty promoted by the Biden team through the tax credits and other aid. But the spending in the Biden package also reflects how much has changed after the nation went into lockdown a year ago.
Biden joining summit with key Asia-Pacific 'Quad' leaders
President Joe Biden walks to the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Washington. Biden is returning to the White House after visiting W.S. Known as the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue,” representatives for the four member nations have met periodically since its establishment in 2007. She added that the leaders are expected to discuss everything from the threat of COVID-19 to economic cooperation between the nations and climate policy. Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will all participate in the summit.
US shifts state grant focus to extremism, cyberthreats
About half of the money covered comes from two widely used grants: the State Homeland Security Program and the Urban Area Security Initiative. AdThat translates into at least $77 million to address domestic extremism, funds that Mayorkas said can be used to improve intelligence sharing across state lines, training and public awareness. AdConcerns about domestic extremism have been mounting in recent years. DHS listed domestic violent extremism, particularly by white supremacists, as among the top threats facing the nation late last year, and in January for the first time used a national terrorist advisory to warn about domestic extremism. In the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have called for increased focus on domestic extremism.
Biden orders review of US supply chains for vital goods
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday intended to boost manufacturing jobs by strengthening U.S. supply chains for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors. There are 12.2 million manufacturing jobs in the United States, down from 17 million in 2000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. AdBiden's team declined to say how many manufacturing jobs could be created, only that the benefits would extend past factory work. AdThe chip shortage has cost the global auto industry the production of about 1 million vehicles, according to IHS Markit. Moody's predicts that the chip shortage will cost Ford and General Motors about one-third of their pretax earnings this year.
Biden defends progress on COVID as weather delays 6M shots
He went on to say that by the end of July his administration can deliver 600 million doses for Americans. But “it's one thing to have a vaccine available, the problem was how to get to people's arms.”The Pfizer plant Biden toured, near Kalamazoo, produces one of the two federally approved COVID-19 shots. "I would’ve gotten there some way.”AdWhite House adviser Slavitt said the 6 million doses delayed won’t spoil and the vaccine is “safe and sound” under refrigeration. Slavitt said about 1.4 million doses were being shipped Friday as the work of clearing the backlog begins. The Virginia Department of Health reported that it was expecting delays on about 90% of its expected 120,000 doses this week and warned that delays could cascade into next week.
US reverts to targeted immigration enforcement under Biden
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – Immigration enforcement in the U.S. would be more targeted under President Joe Biden than under his predecessor, with authorities directed to focus on people in the country illegally who pose a threat, according to guidelines released Thursday. Under Biden, ICE would primarily apprehend and remove people who pose a threat to national security, committed crimes designated as “aggravated” felonies or recently crossed the border. The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute estimated that 87% of noncitizens in the country without authorization would not be priorities for enforcement if Biden used the national security and public safety criteria as was done under Obama. AdThe national security category includes anyone suspected of involvement with terrorism or espionage. The public safety category applies to anyone convicted of a crime that involved their “active” participation in gang activity or convicted of an aggravated felony.
Democrats consider piecemeal approach to immigration reform
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – After decades of failed attempts to pass comprehensive immigration legislation, congressional Democrats and President Joe Biden are signaling openness to a piece-by-piece approach. They unveiled a broad bill Thursday that would provide an eight-year pathway to citizenship for 11 million people living in the country without legal status. “Even though I support full, comprehensive immigration reform, I’m ready to move on piecemeal, because I don’t want to end up with good intentions on my hands and not have anything,” said Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin has said that any final Senate bill likely “will not reach the same levels” as Biden’s proposal. But multiple immigration organizations said administration officials had signaled in recent conversations that they were open to a multilevel approach in which lawmakers would press forward on the comprehensive bill while also pursuing individual pieces.
Biden's Medicare pick would be 1st Black woman to hold post
The agency oversees government health insurance programs covering more than 1 out of 3 Americans and is a linchpin of the health care system. CMS also plays a central role in the nation’s $4 trillion health care economy, setting Medicare payment rates for hospitals, doctors, labs and other service providers. The agency also sets standards that govern how health care providers operate. “She is well-respected and liked by the department veterans who have worked with her in the past.”Years ago, Brooks-LaSure worked with Biden's nominee to run HHS, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. AdUnder Biden, Brooks-LaSure will be expected to grow Obamacare enrollment by promoting HealthCare.gov and trying to persuade holdout states to adopt Medicaid expansion.
President Biden extending ban on housing foreclosures during pandemic
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2021 file photo, President Joe Biden signs a series of executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Biden campaigned on raising the national minimum wage to $15 per hour and attached a proposal doing just that to the $1.9 trillion coronavirus pandemic relief bill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is extending a ban on housing foreclosures to June 30 to help homeowners struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. On his first day in office, Biden had extended the moratorium from Jan. 31. The actions announced Tuesday don’t address a federal moratorium through March 31 on evictions of tenants who’ve fallen behind on rent.
Biden administration to undo Medicaid work requirements
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – The Biden administration is moving to roll back Medicaid work requirements in its latest effort to undo a controversial Trump-era policy. Federal health officials planned Friday to inform 10 states that they would revoke permissions granted by the Trump administration to impose such requirements, according to a Biden official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal plans. Officials were also set to withdraw the past administration’s invitation for states to apply for approval for work requirements. AdThe Trump administration allowed states to require “able-bodied” adults drawing Medicaid benefits to work, volunteer or study. Before the pandemic, nearly 20 states had tried to implement requirements after the administration invited them in 2018 to submit such proposals.
Biden: Governors, mayors need $350 billion to fight COVID-19
As part of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus package, Biden wants to send $350 billion to state and local governments and tribal governments. But state governments have shed 332,000 jobs since the outbreak began to spread last February, and local governments have cut nearly 1 million jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Congress provided $150 billion in direct assistance to state and local governments in an earlier relief package signed into law last March. Rep. James Comer, the ranking Republican, said states still have money to spend from the relief package Congress passed last March. Ad“Despite this surplus, California is still receiving an additional $41.2 billion in taxpayer dollars from this $350 billion slush fund,” Comer said.
UPDATES: Former President Trump’s impeachment trial continues
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump breach the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON – The Latest on former President Donald Trump's second Senate impeachment trial (all times local):4:30 p.m.House Democrats prosecuting President Donald Trump’s impeachment have wrapped up their opening arguments. ___2 p.m.Lawyers for former president Donald Trump are planning to begin and wrap up their defense in his impeachment trial in less than a day, using far fewer than their allotted argument hours. The White House press secretary says President Joe Biden wasn’t offering a “projection or a prediction” on the outcome of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial when Biden weighed in on the proceedings earlier Thursday. ___11:10 a.m.President Joe Biden says he believes “some minds may be changed” in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial after the display of searing, graphic videos of the assault on the U.S. Capitol.
Biden thinks impeachment video may have swayed `some minds'
President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with lawmakers on investments in infrastructure, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Washington. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said later that “the footage was just a reminder of how shocked and saddened” Biden was on the day rioters stormed the Capitol. It also reflects a belief among White House aides that the chattering classes in Washington and on Twitter are often far removed from the realities of everyday Americans. With the Senate occupied by impeachment, White House legislative affairs staffers were working with House committee members on the COVID-19 legislation. Engel suggested that Biden continue to focus his message on Americans, rather than wade into fights on Capitol Hill.
Pentagon deploys troops to fuel COVID-19 vaccine drive
President Joe Biden has called for setting up 100 mass vaccination centers around the country within a month. Two of the five new military teams will go to vaccination centers opening in California. Gen. Dan Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said the Guard has the ability to field about 200 additional teams. Training other medical personnel to give the vaccination shots, he said, would potentially provide more. Guard leaders said the close to 100 mobile vaccination teams already active are delivering more than 50,000 shots a day.
Biden ending US support for Saudi-led offensive in Yemen
The reversal of policy also comes as a rebuke to Saudi Arabia. Saudi state media focused on that part of Biden's announcements Thursday. The Houthis have launched multiple drone and missile strikes deep into Saudi Arabia. The weeks-old Biden administration has made clear that shifting its stance toward the Yemen war, and toward Saudi Arabia over the Yemen offensive and other rights abuses, was a priority. A career foreign service member, he has served in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Yellen warns of 'tough months' ahead, urges congress to act
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen listens during a meeting with President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned of “tough months ahead” with COVID-19 continuing to flare, making it critical that Congress pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package. In her first public interview since becoming Treasury secretary last week, Yellen said that Biden is willing to cooperate with Republicans to pass the measure on a bipartisan basis. “This is really an urgent need and we need to act big,” Yellen said Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America. “We've got some tough months ahead” until we get control of the pandemic.
US ends deal with Arizona restricting Biden on immigration
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas looks on as President Joe Biden signs an executive order on immigration, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Washington. The agency's action was revealed Wednesday as Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, sued to stop newly confirmed Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas from carrying out Biden's 100-day moratorium on deportations. It's not clear what has happened with the agreements signed elsewhere. The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday declined to comment, citing the pending litigation. The agreements would remain in place for eight years unless Homeland Security moves to challenge them by Feb. 17, which is 30 days after Cuccinelli signed them.
Biden set to boost US refugee admissions after Trump cut
(AP Photo/Omar Akour)WASHINGTON – The Biden administration is preparing to notify Congress and others that it will dramatically increase U.S. admissions of refugees. Former President Donald Trump had drastically reduced the refugee admissions cap to only 15,000 before he left office. AdThe sources said Biden would not necessarily override the record low cap of 15,000 that Trump set for the current budget year. “We hope that President Biden will substantially raise the refugee admissions goal immediately, as he consistently committed to on the campaign trail," said Sunil Varghese of the New York-based International Refugee Assistance Project. The Trump administration had put in place extreme background checks that had brought the program to a standstill, advocates say.
Biden threatens sanctions on Myanmar after military coup
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on health care, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Monday threatened new sanctions on Myanmar after its military staged a coup and arrested the civilian leaders of its government, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Biden assailed the country's army for the coup, calling it a “direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and rule of law.” The coup in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has also been roundly condemned internationally. “The United States removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy,” Biden said in a statement. She had lived under house arrest for years as she tried to push her country toward democracy and then became its de facto leader after her National League for Democracy won elections in 2015.
Biden faces scrutiny over reliance on executive orders
President Joe Biden signs a series of executive orders on health care, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden and aides showed touches of prickliness Thursday over growing scrutiny of the new president’s heavy reliance on executive orders in his first days in office. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that Biden’s early reliance on executive action is at odds with the Democrat’s pledge as a candidate to be a consensus builder. Biden and aides, including top White House economists, have said that they believe executive action is a pale substitute for legislative action. But McConnell was far more understanding of Trump’s decision to use executive orders to get around Congress at various points in the Republican’s presidency.
Biden rescinds abortion restrictions on US foreign aid
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on health care, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Thursday rescinded a regulation that barred U.S. foreign aid from being used to perform or promote abortions. His decision, while expected, was cheered by abortion-choice advocates and some humanitarian groups and denounced by anti-abortion groups. Critics of Trump's policies say they had hurt women’s reproductive health care and contributed to poverty worldwide. Abortion-rights groups and Democratic lawmakers hailed it as key to improving women's lives, while anti-abortion groups denounced it as immoral and unnecessary.
Biden opens 'Obamacare' window for uninsured as COVID rages
AdThe Biden administration has ample resources for marketing, said Karen Pollitz, a health insurance expert with the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. “The reason it wasn’t spent is the Trump administration spent its time in office cutting services that support consumer enrollment,” Pollitz said. He cited a Trump policy that allows employers to provide tax-free money for workers to buy individual plans. AdThe idea of reopening Obamacare's health insurance markets in the pandemic has had broad support from consumer, medical, and business organizations. As the number of uninsured Americans grew because of job losses in the pandemic, the Trump administration resisted calls to reopen HealthCare.gov.