Biden to Sign Pandemic Response Executive Orders on 2nd Day in Office. The president will sign 10 executive orders to increase COVID-19 vaccinations. provide more coronavirus testing and reopen schools. Biden administration officials are confident they can meet their goal of 100 million vaccinations in 100 days, but they need funding from Congress. The pandemic response plan requires over $400 million as part of a proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package. While we will urgently execute the strategy, we do need Congress to act — and act quickly. , Jeffrey Zients, Biden's COVID-19 response coordinator, via NBC News. Congress must provide the necessary funding in the Covid relief package, the American Rescue Plan, that the president will soon be sending them, Jeffrey Zients, Biden's COVID-19 response coordinator, via NBC News. As Biden's coronavirus team continues to evaluate the state of the vaccination program left by the Trump administration. they will start to hold regular public briefings to keep the public informed. The federal government should be the source of truth to the public to get clear, accessible and scientifically accurate information about Covid-19, Jeffrey Zients, Biden's COVID-19 response coordinator, via NBC News. We will be honest, transparent and straightforward with the American people to rebuild that trust, Jeffrey Zients, Biden's COVID-19 response coordinator, via NBC News
Biden to Sign at Least 15 Executive Actions on Day One. Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. On his first day in office, the president intends to sign at least 15 executive actions reversing many of Trump's orders. According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the actions are intended "to address the four crises that he's laid out.". Those crises are the economy, COVID-19, climate change and racial injustice. . Some of the major executive actions include rejoining the World Health Organization, moving to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permit, advancing racial equity in federal policymaking. pushing for the immediate extension of eviction restrictions, attempting to extend student loan relief and more. In the coming days and weeks we will be announcing additional executive actions that confront these challenges and deliver on the President-elect's promises to the American people, .., White House press secretary Jen Psaki, via statement. ... including revoking the ban on military service by transgender Americans, and reversing the Mexico City policy, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, via statement
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in the final days of the Trump administration has issued a grazing permit to Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment sparked the armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge
The Iditarod, the world’s most famous sled dog race, has lost another major sponsor as it prepares for a scaled back version of this year’s race because of the pandemic
Joe Biden Is Sworn in, as 46th President of the US. President Joe Biden was administered the oath of office by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday. Biden took the oath of office just two weeks after the storming of the U.S. Capitol, which he referenced in his inaugural address. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day ... democracy has prevailed, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The New York Times'. President Biden called for "unity" in the face of some of the most significant economic and health challenges the U.S. has ever faced. Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The New York Times'. To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, requires so much more than words and requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The New York Times'. The president stated, "politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire, destroying everything in its path.". This is a great nation. We are good people. And over the centuries, through storm and strife, in peace and in war, we’ve come so far. , President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'. But we still have far to go, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'. And together we shall write an American story of hope, not fear, of unity, not division, of light, not darkness, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'. A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'. May this be the story that guides, the story that inspires us, and the story that tells age is yet to come, President Joe Biden, Inaugural Address, via 'The Washington Post'
The U.N. General Assembly has approved a resolution condemning damage and destruction of religious sites and asks the secretary-general to convene a global conference to spearhead public support for safeguarding places of religious heritage
CNN and MSNBC, whose political talk lineups are most popular with fans of President Joe Biden, significantly increased their audiences for his inaugural compared with four years ago when Donald Trump took the oath of office
How a US Presidential Inauguration Works. The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States has been significantly scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. But presidential activities and ceremonies that we may be used to in the modern era are not laid out in the U.S. Constitution. To be sworn in as president, the Constitution states that Joe Biden must be administered the Oath of Office. I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, .., Presidential Oath of Office. ... and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, Presidential Oath of Office. The chief justice of the Supreme Court usually administers the oath, but this is not required. That person needs only to be a judge. The custom is that the incoming president places their hand on a Bible, but this is also merely custom. . An inaugural address has been given by every elected president, but this too is not required. Some of the most memorable inaugural addresses were delivered by Presidents Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Kennedy. Security at Biden's inauguration is extraordinary due to the storming of the U.S. Capitol, with Washington, D.C., on lockdown. The only other time this has been the case was during Andrew Johnson's inauguration, who took office as Lincoln's assassin was still at large. Analysts of this inauguration will pay close attention to how the newly sworn-in President Biden refers to former President Trump
The Pentagon has announced plans to move ahead with a long-delayed military trial for three men held at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who are suspected of involvement in bombings in Indonesia in 2002 and 2003
Seven Democratic senators have asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley “to fully understand their role” in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump
Biden Picks Transgender Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Health Secretary in Historic First. President-elect Joe Biden announced the nomination on Tuesday. According to the Biden-Harris transition team, if Levine's appointment is confirmed by the Senate, . she would be the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed official. Levine is currently the secretary of health for Pennsylvania. . Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — , President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. ... no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration's health efforts, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris referred to Levine as ... ... "a remarkable public servant with the knowledge and experience to help us contain this pandemic, and protect and improve the health and well-being of the American people."
Paul Chavez didn’t know where a sculpture of his father, the late Latino American civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, would end up in the White House
Alice Hoagland has died at age 71 after becoming a beloved figure of the gay rugby movement her own son Mark Bingham helped establish shortly before he perished on Flight 93 as a Sept. 11 hero
Melania Trump Releases Farewell Message. The first lady took to Twitter on Monday to share a seven-minute-long farewell video addressed to the American people. She thanked those who have inspired her amid her time at the White House. It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, via Twitter. I have been inspired by incredible Americans across our country who lift up our communities through their kindness and courage, goodness and grace, Melania Trump, via Twitter. Melania also addressed the pandemic and thanked health care workers. As the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, I thank all of the nurses, doctors, health care professionals, manufacturing workers, truck drivers and so many others who are working to save lives. , Melania Trump, via Twitter. She also seemingly referenced the attacks on the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. Be passionate in everything you do, but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified, Melania Trump, via Twitter. The Trumps will not attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, . breaking a longstanding tradition symbolizing the peaceful transfer of power
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she gave former president Donald Trump a $1,100 bust depicting the president on Mount Rushmore last year because she knew it was something he wanted to receive
In a final swipe at China, the Trump administration’s outgoing U.N. ambassador tweeted that it’s time for the world to oppose China’s efforts to exclude and isolate Taiwan, drawing sharp criticism from Beijing
Joe Biden to Rescind Keystone XL Pipeline Permit on First Day in Office. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to yank the permit for TC Energy’s Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he’s in office. . His transition team declined to comment, but three different sources have confirmed the news to 'POLITICO.'. Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to Washington, declined to confirm reports as well, saying that Canada was still in favor of the cross-border permit. The Government of Canada continues to support the Keystone XL project … Keystone XL fits within Canada’s climate plan. It will also contribute to U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness, Kirsten Hillman, via 'POLITICO'. The Keystone pipeline has been a major point of controversy for a decade. President Barack Obama delayed the project in 2015, which then-Vice President Biden supported. . During his first week in office in 2017, President Donald Trump revived the pipeline with a presidential memorandum. . Environmentalists have praised Biden’s reported plan to rescind the pipeline’s permit, saying he is showing “courage and empathy.” . President-elect Biden is showing courage and empathy to the farmers, ranchers and tribal nations who have dealt with an ongoing threat that disrupted their lives for over a decade, Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska, via 'POLITICO'. On Sunday, TC Energy announced that the Keystone XL pipeline would be able to achieve net-zero emissions by 2023.
A bill to ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina without exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest is heading to a debate on the Senate floor
Trump to Reportedly Issue Around 100 Pardons and Commutations Tuesday. According to three sources in Trump's orbit, . the president is planning to issue the pardons and commutations on his last full day in office. Everything is a transaction. He likes pardons because it is unilateral. And he likes doing favors for people he thinks will owe him, Source, via CNN. White collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others are expected to be granted clemency. At this time, Trump is not expected to pardon himself. Advisers reportedly said it would make him appear guilty of something, particularly after the riots at the Capitol. Many of the clemency actions are expected to be given to political allies and also revolve around criminal justice reform. . Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor who was convicted of health care fraud, is one of the names expected to be included in the clemency list
CSX railroad has reported relatively flat fourth-quarter earnings even though it hauled 4% more freight as the economy continued to rebound from last year’s widespread virus-related shutdowns
Andrew Yang Announces , His Run For NYC Mayor. Yang announced his campaign for NYC mayor in a video posted on Twitter. I'm running for mayor for my two boys, for you, and for every New Yorker, Andrew Yang, Twitter. Let's fight for a future New York City that we can all be proud of, Andrew Yang, Twitter. Yang gained national attention as a Democratic presidential nominee hopeful, . who ran on a platform touting a universal basic income of $1000 a month for all American adults. If elected mayor of NYC, Yang pledges increased access to high-speed internet, a policy to "reopen intelligently" and to "take back control" of the subway system. The Democratic primary for NYC mayor occurs in June.