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February 17, 2021 Day 30 of the First Year of the Biden Presidency - History

February 17, 2021 Day 30 of the First Year of the Biden Presidency - History

February 18, 2021 Day 31

President Joe Biden watches as NASA's rover Perseverance lands on Mars Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in the Outer Oval Office of the White House.

Vice President Kamala Harris visits with her husband, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Second Gentleman’s Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House.

9:45 AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the President’s Daily Brief
Oval Office
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10:30 AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive a COVID-19 briefing
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The First Year of the Biden Presidency

I see nothing amiss there. You are aware that he has had a lifelong stutter, arent you?

This guy doesn't have that explanation:

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The point about Kremlin Cruz is that he is a gullible asshole, just repeating Putin propaganda & trashng his own side. There are positive ways to plead for better support for the military.

And there is this positive 2016 endorsement of Memorial Day as a weekend of Thoughts and Prayers for the military by the Former Guy.

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A Proclamation: Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2021 | The White House

Memorial Day is Monday, which hasn't arrived yet. The opening of the weekend is essentially the American equivalent of a bank holiday and one of the most popular as the opening of the Summer holiday season where everyone parties with family and friends and at resorts.

The season ends with the Labor Day 'bank holiday' in the beginning of September, and you'll never hear those douchebags celebrate the unions and the working people that they claim to represent whilst screwing them.

She's also issued a follow up tweet to oblige the trolls, which she shouldn't have done without linking to the official release statement and smacking them back for their self-serving phony misuse of Memorial Day and the troops, especially the shitbags that never served and enabled and provided shade for their own 'veterans' who attempted a putsch on January 6.

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On the fake "innocence" of the filibuster.

Back when civics was taken seriously to the point of teaching children during weekend television cartoon segments, this adorable and popular 1970s educational cartoon became famous.
Notice the filibuster doesn't feature in it.

Observing how far things have degraded, how right the late Sanda Day O'Connor was.
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Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court after 191 years, is crusading to reverse what she says is an alarming decline in America’s knowledge of democracy and announced an initiative Wednesday to educate children across the country.
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"Many states around the country are no longer teaching or requiring civics education for young people,” said O’Connor, 82. “When I went to school . . . we had civics almost every year, and in fact, I almost got tired of it."
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“I can’t believe it . . .Two-thirds of Americans can name a judge on ‘American Idol,’ and only 15% can name the chief justice of the United States. . . . Civic knowledge can’t be handed down the gene pool. It has to be learned . . .t’s putting our country at some risk[.]”
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Back when civics was taken seriously to the point of teaching children during weekend television cartoon segments, this adorable and popular 1970s educational cartoon became famous.
Notice the filibuster doesn't even feature in it.

Observing how far things have degraded, how right the late Sanda Day O'Connor was.
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Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court after 191 years, is crusading to reverse what she says is an alarming decline in America’s knowledge of democracy and announced an initiative Wednesday to educate children across the country.
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"Many states around the country are no longer teaching or requiring civics education for young people,” said O’Connor, 82. “When I went to school . . . we had civics almost every year, and in fact, I almost got tired of it."

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“I can’t believe it . . .Two-thirds of Americans can name a judge on ‘American Idol,’ and only 15% can name the chief justice of the United States. . . . Civic knowledge can’t be handed down the gene pool. It has to be learned . . .t’s putting our country at some risk[.]”
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That reminds me of Astronomer Carl Sagan's prophecy, from 1995 .

  • when the United States is a service and information economy
  • when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries
  • when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues
  • when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority
  • when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

The last one, in particular, could serve as a description of the age of Trump, QAnon, The Big Lie., Vaccine Denial and Climate Change Denial.

(It is fair to point out this is not just an American phenomenon, but it is particularly tragic in a country that is still a global leader in political and scientific endeavours).


The First Year of the Biden Presidency

That's three, where are the other 12. .
Most cases in the World. Anything wrong with that statement.

You are nothing but a turd apologist. Just shows how far the US has fallen as a civil society.
Many EU infections came directly from the US and the shoddy and criminal mishandling of Pandemic.

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I am sure that's how you react when you see how popular Biden is as POTUS.

Right-wingers rage against Trump's favorite pollster after it shows Biden's approval hitting an all time high

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The reality in the US where 53% of Rethuglians believe the turd is still POTUS. Just how batshit crazy do you have to be to be a Rethuglian these days.
It would be funny if it was not so serious. There is only one thing you could call that party and that is a death wish cult.

53pc of Republicans view Trump as true US President – Reuters/Ipsos poll

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How President Joe Biden Is Giving Hope to Millions Who Stutter

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Sam Newman slammed over ‘vile’ tweet about Joe Biden

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How President Joe Biden Is Giving Hope to Millions Who Stutter

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Sam Newman slammed over ‘vile’ tweet about Joe Biden

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Yes, I am aware of that. That wasn't stuttering though. It was rambling. He wasn't struggling over a word, but maintaining a train of thought. Compare. I am not taking a cheap shot here. The man is addled. Mental decline isn't something normally within the realm of criticism. But when it's the commander in chief, it is.

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Yes, I am aware of that. That wasn't stuttering though. It was rambling. He wasn't struggling over a word, but maintaining a train of thought. Compare. I am not taking a cheap shot here. The man is addled. Mental decline isn't something normally within the realm of criticism. But when it's the commander in chief, it is.

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We all know that right-wingers have taken leave of their senses and descended into a parallel universe of batshit conspiraloonery, imaginary grievances and general arseholery so I don't see the point in engaging with their trolling horseshit any more.

When was the last time you saw a right-winger posting anything even remotely hinged?

Just tell them to STFU until they feel like engaging with the really real world as it actually is, and then ignore their gibberish. Let them howl in the corner ignored and despised. Engaging only encourages the feckers. Especially the actual fash ones like Kevin Mitty there.

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We all know that right-wingers have taken leave of their senses and descended into a parallel universe of batshit conspiraloonery, imaginary grievances and general arseholery so I don't see the point in engaging with their trolling horseshit any more.

When was the last time you saw a right-winger posting anything even remotely hinged?

Just tell them to STFU until they feel like engaging with the really real world as it actually is, and then ignore their gibberish. Let them howl in the corner ignored and despised. Engaging only encourages the feckers. Especially the actual fash ones like Kevin Mitty there.

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Manchin is doing what's in Manchin's best interests, and by holding that deeply red state seat, what's also in the Democrats' best interests.

After what the GOP pulled with Garland and then Coney Barrett, they have no credibility to complain about court packing the SCOTUS. There's no constitutional requirement that the SCOTUS contain 9 jurists, so there's no "constitutional vandalism" to claim by expanding its membership. If anything, the constitutional vandalism was the refusal to bring Garland up for a vote with nearly a year left in Obama's term. Regarding both jurists, bad faith abuse of the 'advise and consent clause' and breaches of clear traditions were conducted, and even breached by McConnell's own 'new standard' in how he handled Coney Barrett as opposed to Garland.

There is no constitutional right to a filibuster so no 'constitutional vandalism' at issue. The filibuster wasn't even used until the 1830s, and only sparingly so until the civil rights era of the 60s when it was mainly used by Southern segregationists. They also had to perform them to verbal exhaustion, not with the 'silent filibuster' that can stifle legislation indefinitely.

Given the Electoral College not being used as originally designed, the gerrymandering, and the voter suppression efforts that load the dice for the GOP, the GOP has no credibility to complain about increasing democracy by admitting PR and DC as states. The GOP isn't content to stop there, e.g.,

Five eastern Oregon counties back a plan to secede and join Idaho

It's also obviously constitutional to admit them as states, so again, there's no 'vandalism'.

PR and DC have no entitled and voting representation in Congress, and PR is unable to vote for POTUS. Those are legitimate and serious non-partisan reasons to admit them as states upon their application regardless of partisan reasons. Millions of US citizens are being disenfranchised, and DC's vehicle licence plate states it well:


The 17 immediate changes Joe Biden made on first day as US president

President Joe Biden is moving swiftly to dismantle Donald Trump’s legacy on his first day in office.

Within hours, he signed a series of executive actions that reverse course on immigration, climate change, racial equity and the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

With the stroke of a pen, President Biden ordered a halt to the construction of Trump’s US-Mexico border wall and ended the ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries.

Only two recent presidents signed executive actions on their first day in office - and each signed just one.

But Biden, facing a pandemic, a damaged economy and a riven electorate, is intent on showing a sense of urgency and competence he argues has been missing under his Republican predecessor.

“There’s no time to start like today,” Biden said in his first comments to reporters as president.

Here’s exactly how it started.

Biden is requiring the use of masks and social distancing in all federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors.

He is challenging all Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days of his administration.

That’s a critical period, since communities will still be vulnerable to the virus even as the pace of vaccination increases in pursuit of Biden’s goal of 100 million shots in 100 days.

World Health Organization

Biden is also directing the government to rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO), which Donald Trump withdrew from earlier this year after accusing it of incompetence and bowing to Chinese pressure over the coronavirus.

Symbolising Biden’s commitment to a more prominent global role, White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients announced that Dr Anthony Fauci will deliver a speech on Thursday to the WHO as head of a US delegation.

Joe Biden gets to work, signing executive orders on Thursday

Covid response coordinator

A newly-installed coronavirus response coordinator will oversee the White House's efforts to distribute vaccines and medical supplies and report directly to the president.

Paris Climate Accord

The US will rejoin the Paris climate accord , fulfilling a campaign pledge to get back into the global climate pact on day one.

Trump, a supporter of oil, gas and coal, had made a first priority of pulling out of global efforts to cut climate-damaging fossil fuel emissions.

It will take 30 days for the US to officially be back in.

Cancel Keystone XL pipeline

Biden is moving to revoke a presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil and gas pipeline that would run from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska, and reviewing a Trump administration freeze on vehicle mileage and emissions standards.

He is reversing dozens of Trump’s actions on the environment.

Ending Muslim ban

Biden is ending what is variously known as the “travel ban” or the “Muslim ban,” one of the first acts of the Trump administration.

Trump in January 2017 banned foreign nationals from seven mostly Muslim countries from entry into the country.

The new administration says it will improve the screening of visitors by strengthening information sharing with foreign governments and other measures.

Border wall

The new president is immediately ending the national emergency that Trump declared on the border in February 2018 to divert billions of dollars from the Defense Department to wall construction.

Despite Trump’s repeated promises that Mexico would pay for the wall, US Customs and Border Protection says Americans have committed $15 billion for more than 700 miles (1,120 kilometres).

Watch ITV News ITV News Senior International Correspondent John Irvine report from the wall in October last year

It is unclear how many miles are under contract and what penalties the government would have to pay for cancelling them.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Biden will order his Cabinet to work to preserve the DACA program, which has shielded hundreds of thousands of people who came to the country as young children from deportation since it was introduced in 2012.

Trump ordered an end to DACA in 2017, triggering a legal challenge that ended in June when the Supreme Court ruled that it should be kept in place because the Trump administration failed to follow federal rule-making guidelines in undoing it. But DACA is still facing legal challenges.

In his presidential proclamation, Biden is calling on Congress to adopt legislation that gives DACA recipients permanent legal status and a path to citizenship. There are currently around 700,000 people enrolled.

Deportations

Biden is revoking one of Trump’s first executive orders, which declared that all of the roughly 11 million people in the country illegally are considered priorities for deportation.

The Department of Homeland Security will conduct a review of enforcement priorities. Biden’s campaign site says deportations will focus on national security and public safety threats.

In another reversal, Biden is reversing a Trump plan to exclude people in the country illegally from being counted in the 2020 Census.

The once-a-decade census is used to determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets, as well as the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending each year.

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Biden’s team says the new administration will ensure the Census Bureau has time to complete an accurate count for each state and that the apportionment is “fair and accurate.”

Green cards

Biden is also proposing legislation that would grant green cards and a path to citizenship to anyone in the United States before January 1, 2021 - an estimated 11 million people.

Most would have to wait eight years for citizenship but people enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for young immigrants and with Temporary Protective Status for fleeing strife-torn countries would only wait three years.

Other provisions lessen the time that many people have to wait outside the United States for green cards, provide development aid to Central America and reduce the 1.2-million-case backlog in immigration courts.

Student debt

Biden is asking the Education Department to extend a pause on federal student loan payments through at least September 30, continuing a moratorium that began early in the pandemic but was set to expire at the end of January.

Borrowers, who owe a collective $1.5 trillion, would not be required to make payments on their federal student loans, their loans would not accrue any interest, and all debt collection activity would halt through September.

Congress paused student debt payments last March as part of a virus relief package, and the Trump administration extended it twice.

Housing foreclosures

Housing foreclosures and evictions would be delayed until at least March 31, 2021.

Almost 12% of homeowners with mortgages are late on their payments, while 19% of renters are behind, according to a Census Bureau survey of households.

The federal moratoriums would ensure that people could stay in their homes even if they cannot afford their monthly bills. Biden is also calling on Congress to extend assistance to renters.

1776 Commission

The President disbanded Donald Trump’s much-criticised 1776 Commission.

Trump established the group in September to rally support from white voters and as a response to The New York Times’ � Project,' which highlights the lasting consequences of slavery in America.

The commission glorified the country’s founders, plays down America’s role in slavery, condemns the rise of progressive politics and argues that the civil rights movement ran afoul of the “lofty ideals” espoused by the Founding Fathers.

Workplace discrimination

Biden signed an executive order on preventing and combatting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. Ethics

This order is aimed at reinstating White House ethics standards that were diminished or disregarded by the Trump administration.

President Donald Trump campaigned on draining the “swamp” of entrenched influences in Washington. Yet in practice, the Trump administration weakened ethics rules and failed to enforce the those he adopted, government watchdog groups say.

The new ethics rules, which were described by an official on Biden’s transition, take aim at the “revolving door”.

Under the order, officials who leave the administration will be prohibited from lobbying the White House for Biden’s duration in office.

Those who depart toward the end of Biden’s tenure will be prohibited from lobbying the White House for at least two years.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

The OMB produces the president’s budget. Biden’s order directs the office to modernise regulatory review and undoes Trump’s processes.


***Live Updates*** Joe Biden Delivers First Address to Joint Session of Congress

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President Joe Biden will deliver his first address before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday evening, where he will ask lawmakers for an additional $1.8 trillion for his children and family care and education.

Biden will use his primetime speech to pitch his $2.3 trillion “infrastructure” bill, which would be paid for with higher taxes on corporations. The president will also tout his administration’s action on combating the coronavirus pandemic. The House chamber will not be filled to its usual capacity due to coronavirus protocols.

**Follow all of the events on the Breitbart News Live Wire below. All times in eastern.**

10:43 P.M. — Scott is receiving high praise for his speech:

Senator Tim Scott was a speaker at the Western Conservative Summit. He is a great leader and did a fantastic job this evening! pic.twitter.com/l30DbnX5qs

&mdash Jeff Hunt (@jeffhunt) April 29, 2021

Best response to a presidential address EVER!#TimScott

&mdash Dave Carney (@granitewinger) April 29, 2021

Tim Scott absolutely crushed it.

&mdash Parker Hamilton Poling (@parkerpoling) April 29, 2021

Tim Scott did the best on the response of anyone that I can remember.

&mdash Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) April 29, 2021

Can't remember the last GOP presidential hopeful who enhanced his reputation by delivering the SOTU response. But Tim Scott just did exactly that.

&mdash Matthew Continetti (@continetti) April 29, 2021

I love Tim Scott. He’s getting better as he goes!

&mdash Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) April 29, 2021

Tim Scott is killing it tonight.

&mdash Scott Whitlock (@ScottJW) April 29, 2021

We're looking at a Ron DeSantis/Tim Scott 2024 ticket forming right before our eyes.

&mdash Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) April 29, 2021

10:39 P.M. —“The coronavirus is on the run. Thanks to Operation Warp Speed and the Trump administration, our country is flooded with safe and effective vaccines,” says Scott.

10:38 P.M. —

Sen. Tim Scott: "To the single mothers out there, who are working their tails off, working hard, trying to make the ends meet, wondering if it's worth it: you can bet it is. God bless your amazing effort on the part of your kids."https://t.co/ryNNtlfEyg pic.twitter.com/wKZ97H4p6A

&mdash This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 29, 2021

10:37 P.M. — Scott continues his defense of Georgia’s voter integrity law, says Biden absurdly claims this [Georgia law] is worse than Jim Crow.”

Tim Scott: "It will be easier to vote in Georgia than in Democrat-run New York."

&mdash John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) April 29, 2021

“America is not a racist country”- Senator Tim Scott

&mdash Rebeccah Heinrichs (@RLHeinrichs) April 29, 2021

“I get called Uncle Tom and the N word by progressives,” Tim Scott said. Of Dems blocking his policing bill last year: “My friends across the aisle seemed to want an issue.”

&mdash Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 29, 2021

Sen. Tim Scott, who is giving the Republican response, said: " I'm saddened that millions of kids have lost a year of learning, when they could not afford to lose a single day. Locking vulnerable kids out of the classroom is locking adults out of their future."

&mdash Bianca Quilantan (@biancaquilan) April 29, 2021

"Our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes. We need policies and progress that brings us closer together."

Sen. Tim Scott said that three months into the Biden presidency, "the actions of the president and his party are pulling us further and further apart." pic.twitter.com/CIOV8Z1ULP

&mdash Mediaite (@Mediaite) April 29, 2021

10:14 P.M. — Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) will soon deliver the Republican rebuttal to Biden’s address.

10:14 P.M. —

Big gaggle with Biden post-speech from Dems (not socially distanced at all). Most Republicans left the chamber right as it ended.

&mdash Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) April 29, 2021

10:13 P.M. — Biden wraps up his remarks:

"There is nothing beyond our capacity, nothing we can’t do, if we do it together. May God bless you all and may God protect our troops." Biden finishes. And that's a wrap on the Not-A-State-of-the-Union. pic.twitter.com/ONbYxBqUtk

&mdash Edward Keenan (@thekeenanwire) April 29, 2021

10:09 P.M. — Republicans rip Biden over his immigration policies:

President Biden's open-border policies and promises of amnesty have caused illegal immigration to skyrocket. Hundreds of thousands are flooding across the border with no consequences, and it's only getting worse. This is a crisis of his own making.

&mdash Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) April 29, 2021

Here's what Biden forgot to mention. On day one he:

❌ halted border wall construction
❌ revoked the national emergency declaration
❌ ended the remain in Mexico policy
❌ returned to the failed Obama-era policy of “catch and release”

End result? #BidenBorderCrisis

&mdash Rep. Kevin Brady (@RepKevinBrady) April 29, 2021

10:05 P.M. — Biden, who faces a growing crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, urges immigration reform: “For more than 30 years, politicians have talked about immigration reform and we have done nothing about it. It’s time to fix it.” He then calls on Congress to pass reform allowing DREAMers to stay in the country.

10:02 P.M. — Biden declares the U.S. must ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines again. “Don’t tell me it can’t be done. We’ve done it before and it worked,” he says.

10:01 P.M. — Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slams Biden’s speech:

So far, President Biden has successfully outlined a radical, socialist agenda for the next 4 years. That should trouble every freedom-loving American.

&mdash Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) April 29, 2021

9:59 P.M. —

President Biden: "To all the transgender Americans watching at home – especially the young people who are so brave – I want you to know that your president has your back."

&mdash Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) April 29, 2021

9:56 P.M. — Biden says: “The vast majority of men and women who wear our uniform and badge, do so honorably,” before urging police reform be enacted in Congress in honor of George Floyd.

9:55 P.M. —

Biden: "we won’t ignore what our own intelligence agencies have determined – the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism."

&mdash John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) April 29, 2021

9:54 P.M. —

BIDEN: "I made very clear to Putin that we're not going to seek escal — excuse me — escalation." pic.twitter.com/C0sZZ1yH3o

&mdash Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 29, 2021

9:52 P.M. —

Biden didn’t mention Taiwan in the China tough talk section.

&mdash Eli Lake (@EliLake) April 29, 2021

9:51 P.M. —

Biden says he told President XI that the US will keep military in the South Pacific to prevent any conflicts and wars.

&mdash Herb Scribner (@HerbScribner) April 29, 2021

9:50 P.M. —

Biden still hasn’t mentioned the crisis he created at our southern border.

&mdash Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) April 29, 2021

9:47 P.M. — “We’ll become an arsenal for vaccines for other countries,” Biden says, before pledging that the U.S. will play a leading role in inoculating people in other countries.

9:45 P.M. —

VIRAL MOMENT: Ringtone goes off during President Biden's speech to #jointsession of Congress. pic.twitter.com/3go2Uvgque

&mdash Forbes (@Forbes) April 29, 2021

9:40 P.M. — Biden says: “Sometimes I have arguments with my friends in the Democratic Party. I think you should be able to become a billionaire or a millionaire but pay your fair share.”

“I will not impose any tax increase on people making less than $400,000. But it’s time for corporate America and the wealthiest 1% of Americans to just begin to pay their fair share. Just their fair share,” he adds.

9:38 P.M. — Useful thread by former Trump White House official Stephen Miller on how Trump secured multiple coronavirus vaccines:

It is profoundly disingenuous for Biden, as he’s doing now in his address, to continue to take credit for the vaccine — the reason so many got vaccinated so quickly is because of the supply chains, advanced manufacturing, and logistics established by Trump.

&mdash Stephen Miller (@StephenM) April 29, 2021

Trump’s policy was “Buy American, Hire American.” Biden conspicuously deleted “Hire American” — because he’s giving away both blue collar and white collar jobs to low-wage visa workers.

&mdash Stephen Miller (@StephenM) April 29, 2021

9:36 P.M. — Biden pitches more spending: “The American Families Plan will finally provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave … No one should have to choose between a job and paycheck or taking care of themselves and a loved one – or a parent, spouse, or child.”

Biden says @FLOTUS, will be "deeply involved" in leading the effort in his American Families Plan to provide 2 free years of preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds, and 2 free years of community college after they complete high school.

&mdash darlene superville (@dsupervilleap) April 29, 2021

9:33 P.M. — Biden says of Chinese dictator Xi Jinping: “He and other autocrats think that democracies can’t compete in the 21st century with autocracies.” Then says his enacting his spending plans are how the U.S. will combat Beijing’s rise.

9:30 P.M. — Biden calls for an increase in federal funding to defeat cancer. “I know of nothing more bipartisan. So let’s end cancer as we know it,” he says.

Calling for boosted federal funding to research and fight disease, @potus Biden says: “This is personal to so many of us. I can think of no more worthy investment. And I know of nothing that is more bipartisan. Let’s end cancer as we know it. It’s within our power.” #JointSession

&mdash Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) April 29, 2021

9:27 P.M. —Biden calls for the minimum wage to be raised to $15. “No one working 40 hours a week should live below the poverty line,” he says.

9:26 P.M. —“Wall Street didn’t build this country. The middle class built this country. And unions build the middle class,” says Biden.

9:25 P.M. —

The Real State of the Union: Joe Biden chose Paris over Pittsburgh.

Rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement.

Blocked the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, eliminating 11,000 jobs.

Blocked new oil and gas leases and drilling permits. pic.twitter.com/1InphRUtE5

&mdash Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) April 29, 2021

9:20 P.M. — Biden says of his “infrastructure” bill: “There’s no reason the blades for wind turbines can’t be built in Pittsburgh instead of Beijing. No reason why American workers can’t lead the world in the production of electric vehicles and batteries.”

9:19 P.M. — Biden refers to his “infrastructure” package as a “once in a generation investment in America.” “This is the largest jobs plan since World War 2,” he adds.

Pres. Biden: "Throughout our history…public investment in infrastructure has literally transformed America."

"These are investments we made together as one country—and investments that only the government was in position to make." https://t.co/C9Fo91RNwe pic.twitter.com/3nOLvwdaIh

&mdash ABC News (@ABC) April 29, 2021

9:18 P.M. — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) accuses Biden of “ systemically embrac[ing]” China during the president’s speech.

And Biden’s UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield delivered remarks at a Chinese Communist Party-funded Confucius Institute and refused to call China’s slaughter of the Uyghurs a genocide.

&mdash Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) April 29, 2021

9:17 P.M. — Biden claims his administration is on track to reduce child poverty by half, but does not elaborate how.

President Biden says his administration is on track to cut child poverty in half. #JointAddress

&mdash Ryan Houston WPXI (@WPXIRyanHouston) April 29, 2021

9:16 P.M. —

No official "designated survivor" for President Biden's address tonight, because reduced capacity means most Cabinet members not in attendance. But if there was an attack and all those in the Capitol perished, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen would become president.

&mdash Emily Brooks (@emilyelarsen) April 29, 2021

9:15 P.M. — “There’s still more work to do to beat this virus. We can’t let our guard down,” Biden says. “But tonight, I can say, because of you, the American people, our progress these past 100 days in one of the worst pandemics in history has been one of the greatest logistical achievements in history.”

President Biden: "There's still more work to do to beat this virus…but tonight I can say because of you – the American people – our progress has been one of the greatest logistical achievements this country has ever seen.” #JointAddress
LIVE UPDATES: https://t.co/fWE9llcFqX pic.twitter.com/FuU8j5Qdqg

&mdash Good Morning America (@GMA) April 29, 2021

9:13 P.M. —

9:10 P.M. — Biden, who often touts the importance of unity, takes veiled shot at former President Donald Trump, saying: “America is rising anew. Choosing hope over fear. Truth over lies. Light over darkness. After 100 days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for takeoff in my view.”

9:09 P.M. —

And there is the Biden line that will be played countless times: “Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again.” #JointAddress

&mdash Dan Merica (@merica) April 29, 2021

9:08 P.M. —

Biden: “Madame Vice President…Nobody has ever said those words from this podium.” pic.twitter.com/QLqLTdSAZl

&mdash lisa mirando (@LisaMirandoCNN) April 29, 2021

9:06 P.M. — Biden has entered the chamber and is first bumping lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

WATCH: Pres. Biden enters into the chamber ahead of the #JointSession of Congress.

He is announced by the newly sworn-in house sergeant at arms, Major General William Walker, the first African American to serve in the role. pic.twitter.com/UikR9Wlqtl

&mdash Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) April 29, 2021

8:59 P.M. —

Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin are the only representatives of Biden's Cabinet in the House chamber tonight.

&mdash Olivier Knox (@OKnox) April 29, 2021


Inauguration Day 2021: Joe Biden is inaugurated, gives his first speech as the 46th U.S. president

Hours before Joseph R. Biden would be sworn in as America’s 46th president on Wednesday, thousands of flags swayed and fluttered in darkness on the National Mall. The flags dot the grounds in place of Americans who were unable to travel to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and increased security threats.

It was an unusual start to mark a momentous shift in American leadership.

Safety concerns have heightened in the days since pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 while lawmakers certified Biden's win in the November 2020 election. To boost security during the inauguration, 25,000 National Guard troops were deployed.

Follow PublicSource throughout this historic inauguration day for updates as we share here stories, perspectives and more from the local, state and national vantage points.

On Nov. 7, 2020, people celebrated and danced on the corner of Carson and 10th streets for the “Count On Us” rally and march. After days of delays and false claims about voter fraud, news organizations called the presidential race for Joe Biden. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)

Updates from D.C.

The 59th presidential inauguration opened with a brief speech by Sen. Amy Klobuchar who marked the day as a celebration: “We pledge today to never take our democracy for granted as we celebrate its remarkable strength. We celebrate its resilience, its grit,” she said.

The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon. The hours leading up were quieter than usual, without masses of crowds piling together to get peeks of the new president.

A few hours prior, President Donald Trump gave a brief speech at Joint Base Andrews before leaving on his final Air Force One flight as president to Mar-a-Lago, his Florida residence. In Trump’s remarks, he thanked his supporters and, while he didn’t mention President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris by name, he wished the new administration “great luck and great success."

“I think they’ll have great success,” he continued. “They have the foundation to do something really spectacular.”

He concluded his remarks saying, “Have a good life. We will see you soon.”

“Have a good life,” President Trump said to a small crowd of his supporters at Joint Base Andrews before boarding Air Force One for the final time, as “YMCA” by the Village People played over the speakers.

He vowed that “we will be back in some form.” https://t.co/afGfULL33l pic.twitter.com/NDx0lMO1D0

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With his left hand atop a 5-inch thick, 127-year-old brown leather-bound Bible and his right fingers pointed toward the sky, Joseph R. Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, just minutes before noon.

And it's official. A few minutes ago Joseph R. Biden Jr. was officially sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. "This is America's day. This is democracy's day a day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. " Biden begins his first remarks as president. pic.twitter.com/Llvd8T2WGc

&mdash PublicSource (@PublicSourcePA) January 20, 2021

In his first speech as president, he promised to be a president “for all Americans” and acknowledged the ongoing and layered challenges the country faces, from climate change to deep racial and political divisions following the Trump presidency.

“I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real, but I also know that they are not new,” Biden said. “Through struggles, sacrifice and setbacks, our better angels have always prevailed. In each of these moments, enough of us have come together to carry all of us forward. And we can do that now. History, faith and reason show the way of unity. We can see each other, not as adversaries but as neighbors.”

Biden took a moment of silence during his speech, an acknowledgment of the 400,000 Americans who have died nearly one full year into the pandemic.

At the close of Biden’s remarks, Singer Garth Brooks performed Amazing Grace, asking the crowd – both in D.C. and at home – to join in the stretch of chorus.

Local, state leaders weigh in

Though many couldn’t travel and attend the inauguration in person, local politicians have congregated on social media to congratulate and comment on Biden, Harris and Wednesday’s events.

Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O'Connor of District 5 congratulated the new president and vice president in a tweet.

Congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris.

&mdash Corey O'Connor (@CoreyOConnorPGH) January 20, 2021

City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle of District 6 went a bit further to say, “We just watched the transition from indecency to decency.”

Mayor Bill Peduto shared a photo of himself with Biden, both dressed in the aviator sunglasses Biden often wears:

State Rep. Ed Gainey, who announced Tuesday he will challenge Peduto to become mayor of Pittsburgh, wrote, “Let this be the day we celebrate each other in the name of Unity.” He continued, “This country is definitely in need of it.”

Gov. Tom Wolf said a “scrappy kid from Scranton” was set to become president:

Today a scrappy kid from Scranton will become the 46th president of the United States.

Congrats @PresElectBiden. Looking forward to getting to work rebuilding our economy, fighting the spread of COVID-19, and realizing the vision of a better future for everyone. #InaugurationDay pic.twitter.com/bb8DRJm0JV

&mdash Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 20, 2021

The state’s Twitter account playfully congratulated Biden, a Scranton native, with a meme of “How it started” and “How it’s going,” with photos of him in Scranton as a child and in Washington, D.C., taking the presidential oath of office.

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey gave a glimpse of his view of Biden’s inauguration speech.

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey wrote:

I urge the president to follow through on this commitment by working with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to pursue policies that will lead to peace and prosperity for all Americans. I am praying for President Biden and his success in leading our country forward.

&mdash Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) January 20, 2021

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb thanked Biden “For all you've taught me. For keeping the faith & taking on this great challenge. For having the courage to lead us at this perilous time.”

As President @JoeBiden is sworn in, I just want to say thank you.

For all you've taught me. For keeping the faith & taking on this great challenge. For having the courage to lead us at this perilous time.

We're counting on you to succeed. And I'll do everything I can to help. pic.twitter.com/Gq7zePX1CA

&mdash Conor Lamb (@ConorLambPA) January 20, 2021

While she didn’t tweet on the morning of inauguration day, Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania's secretary of health released a statement Tuesday about her nomination to the Biden Administration to serve as Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services.

“I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve Pennsylvanians, and all Americans,” she said.

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine. (Pennsylvania Department of Health)

Catch up on our Capitol insurrection and 2020 election coverage:

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First-person essay: Capitol chaos underscores the importance of free press and hope amid insurrection [Jan. 7, 2021]
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Single county, big impact: How Allegheny County delivered Pennsylvania to Biden [Nov. 12, 2020]
See the Scene: Pittsburgh erupts in celebrations over Biden-Harris victory [Nov. 7, 2020]
A historic election: PA seals Biden’s win for White House Harris makes history [Nov. 7, 2020]
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7 things Joe Biden promised to do his first day in office

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President-elect Joe Biden has peddled "day one" promises throughout his campaign, mostly focused on reversing the work of the Trump administration. Here’s what he said is on his agenda for Jan. 20, Inauguration Day:

1. Send a DACA bill to Congress

In June, the president-elect promised to send a bill to Congress to create a pathway to citizenship for not only the nation’s Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, but also the 11 million undocumented people currently living in the country. "It’s long overdue," Biden wrote on Twitter.

But in November he loosened that timeline, committing to forging a pathway to citizenship within the first 100 days of his administration.

"Some of it’s gonna depend on the kinda cooperation I can or cannot get from the United States Congress," Biden acknowledged.

On the campaign trail, Biden pledged to end the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) that keep migrants in Mexico as their hearings play out. Known as the "Remain-in-Mexico" policy, opponents have claimed it puts migrants in danger, but Trump officials said it has been key in ending "catch-and-release" by which migrants were released into the U.S. instead.

This week, Biden officials acknowledged that rolling back Trump’s immigration policies could take "some time," and to do so all at once would lead to a surge at the border.

Biden himself admitted that "it is going to take probably the next six months."

2. Reverse travel ban

Biden made a number of lofty promises over the summer, including to end Trump’s "vile"’ and "Islamophobic" travel restrictions on 13 majority-Muslim countries, often referred to as the "Muslim ban."

"Today, the House passed the #NoBanAct because no one should be discriminated against or singled out based on the faith they practice. I will end President Trump's Muslim Ban on day one and sign this bill into law," he wrote on Twitter.

The ban initially barred the entry of nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Now in its third iteration, the ban affects travelers from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Eritrea, Kyrgystan, Myanmar and Nigeria. It bars select residents from Tanzania and Venezuela.

The administration said the ban affected countries that did not adequately share enough intelligence for the U.S. to properly vet its citizens.

"The Trump administration’s anti-Muslim bias hurts our economy, betrays our values, and can serve as a powerful terrorist recruiting tool," the Biden campaign website said. "Prohibiting Muslims from entering the country is morally wrong, and there is no intelligence or evidence that suggests it makes our nation more secure. It is yet another abuse of power by the Trump administration designed to target primarily Black and Brown immigrants. Biden will immediately rescind the ‘Muslim bans.’"

3. Rejoin Paris climate agreement

The president-elect has promised to use executive action to rejoin the Paris climate accords after Trump announced he would withdraw the nation in 2017. Withdrawing had been one of Trump’s campaign promises.

"So we're getting out," Trump said. "The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States."

"The Paris accord will undermine our economy," he said, adding that it "puts us at a permanent disadvantage."

The Paris climate agreement is a pact among nearly 200 nations to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to fight climate change. The U.S., the world’s second-largest emitter of carbon, would be required to reduce fossil fuel emissions nearly 30% by 2025.

The U.S. did not formally withdraw from the agreement until this year.

About 189 countries remain committed to the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to keep the increase in average temperatures worldwide "well below" 2 degrees Celsius.

Some opponents of the agreement have noted that countries such as Russia and China were not affected as significantly by the accord as the United States and pointed out the unencouraging results of the Kyoto protocol, raising questions about whether the Paris agreement would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions at all.

"Under a Biden-Harris administration, we will rejoin the Paris agreement on day one and lead the world in the fight against climate change," Biden wrote on Twitter.

Biden already has chosen two climate "czars" in addition to an EPA chief – John Kerry, who will lead the nation’s international efforts on climate, and Gina McCarthy, who will be dedicated to U.S. domestic climate policy.

4. Executive order on masks

"On day one, I’ll sign an executive order to require masks everywhere I can," Biden wrote on Twitter earlier this month.

Biden, acknowledging he didn’t have the authority to require masks in most situations, promised to do so in federal buildings, interstate travel such as planes, trains and buses, and to work with governors and mayors on their own mask mandates.

Most states throughout the country already have some form of a mask mandate to curb the spread of coronavirus.

5. Reverse Trump asylum limitations

Responding to a report that Trump had ended the Flores Agreement, Biden promised on day one to "eliminate President Trump’s decision to limit asylum and undo his executive orders that eliminated Obama-Biden enforcement priorities on national security and public safety."

"It is cruel and abhorrent to strip migrant children of the few protections they have. It's not enough this administration puts children in cages without soap and beds, now it wants to keep them there indefinitely. This isn't who we are," Biden wrote on Twitter.

The courts took care of Biden’s promise on the Flores Agreement, or a policy only allowing migrant children to be detained for 20 days. The Trump administration had sought to keep them with their families but detain them indefinitely. A judge rejected the effort in September 2019.

In July, an appeals court shot down Trump’s "asylum ban," a rule that would require migrants who travel through other countries to seek asylum there first.

6. Move to raise taxes on wealthy

In October 2019, Biden promised to "move to" eliminating the Trump tax cuts. "On day one, Joe Biden will move to: eliminate the Trump tax cut for the super-wealthy, eliminate the unjustified loopholes in our tax code and use that money to invest in America’s future."

Biden has repeatedly promised that he "will not increase taxes on anyone making less than $400,000" annually.

The Democratic plan is to bring the tax rate from 37% to a pre-Trump rate of 39.6% for those at the top of the individual federal income tax brackets. Corporate tax rates would jump as well, from 21% to 28%, and people earning more than $400,000 annually will, as promised, have to pay additional payroll taxes.

7. Sign executive orders regulating oil and gas

Biden’s campaign website promises that the president-elect on day on will "sign a series of new executive orders with unprecedented reach that go well beyond the Obama-Biden administration."

These orders will be aimed at requiring "aggressive" methane pollution limits for oil and gas sectors, adding rigorous fuel economy standards and re-implementing the Clean Air Act, conserving 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030 and reinstituting protections on federal land and water.


Joe Biden is the New Jimmy Carter, But He’s Even Worse by Craig Shirley.

(Akiit.com) If there’s one guarantee in this life, aside from death and taxes, it’s that history really does have a fondness for repeating itself.

Empires rise and fall, leaders come and go, and every now and then a president wins election only to find himself in over his head with the burden of the Oval Office. It’s happened twice now in my lifetime, first with Jimmy Carter and now with Joseph R. Biden.

There has been a lot of discussion recently comparing the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter with the failing presidency of Joe Biden, but I will clue you in on something. Joe Biden’s presidency is worse, and Biden is worse as a man and human being.

We’re five months into Biden’s presidency, and already he seems determined to outdo all four years of Carter’s incompetence by Christmas. Inflation is rising, the southern border practically doesn’t exist, the Middle East is in turmoil, and we recently experienced a gas shortage thanks to hackers easily breaching our digital infrastructure.

The setup to Biden’s presidency was much the same as Carter’s.

In 1976, Republicans were still dealing with the fallout of Richard Nixon. Watergate was still fresh in the minds of many Americans, and Gerald Ford, though a good man, was not the standard bearer the GOP needed. Carter seemed like a fresh, down-to-earth alternative, and consequently won the election that year.

Much in the same way, Biden was elected not necessarily on his merits as a leader but because Americans were looking for an escape from the shenanigans of Donald Trump.

Despite three years of relative economic stability, Trump’s constant need to pick fights on Twitter and the COVID pandemic in its early days wore out his welcome with moderate conservatives and independent voters. Thus, predictably, Biden won the contest with his offers of a return to “normalcy.”

In both cases however, it didn’t take long for many Americans to feel the buyer’s remorse that inevitably follows voting for the lesser of two evils.

For Carter, this came in the form of skyrocketing inflation and fuel shortages, the hostage crisis I n Iran, compounded by an inability to work with Congress and constantly butting heads with Tip O’Neill and the Left wing of the Democrats. Carter, simply put, did not get how to work with Congress when he arrived in Washington, having spent his entire career playing Georgia politics. Unfortunately, this contributed to his inability to pass legislation, even though at the time Democrats controlled the Senate.

Moreover, Carter’s inability to get his own messaging right added to his problems. The best episode of this is of course the notorious “Malaise” speech, where Carter essentially told Americans that their best days were behind them. This certainly didn’t inspire confidence when there was indeed a crisis of confidence on the home front, while abroad the Soviets and Iranians caused their fair share of mischief. It took the conservative presidency of Ronald Reagan to fix things.

During the 1980 campaign, an observer took note of the difference between the two men saying, “If you ask Jimmy Carter what time it is, he’d tell you how to build a watch but if you asked Ronald Reagan what time it is, he’d say it time to get this country moving again.” Reagan always knew where he was going and where he wanted to lead the nation,

Today, Biden only seems capable of being led by the hand by his staffers and signing whatever Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer shove across his desk. When he does bother to make rare appearances, he seems to always pour gasoline on the proverbial fire.

Already, inflation is rising under Biden’s direction, and despite a jobs relief bill that spent trillions of dollars, less than 300,000 new jobs were created as a result. On top of that, Biden seems determined, come Hell or high water, to ignore the crisis on the southern border, so much so that he refuses to call the situation an actual crisis. Did I also mention he’s done little to nothing to help Israel while Hamas pounds it with rockets lately?

That’s all well and good (Biden is hardly the first president to bungle domestic and foreign policy) but Biden seems to genuinely care little for the country he was elected to govern.

Unlike Carter, who to his credit is a patriot, Biden has caved to the whims of the radical deconstructionists by ignoring the very real threats of Antifa and BLM. Biden has entertained the possibility of giving federal grants to schools that teach Critical Race Theory (CRT), which postulates that all White Americans are born evil and that all Black Americans are born victims. While on paper CRT is supposed to teach “diversity and inclusion,” in reality it’s undoing the sacrifices of the Civil Rights pioneers who wanted us to not see color or race.

Jimmy Carter was a bad president but he wasn’t a bad man. Biden is a bad president and a bad man. Carter never at his worst ever contemplated the things Biden does willy nilly, such as revoking Donald Trump’s protection of American statues from the evil of BLM and Antifa.

It’s truly un-American. Say what you want about Jimmy Carter, but he was never un-American. Biden is a radical leftist, a tool of the forces who want to destroy our country.

Carter came to Washington with the best of intentions. He was going to clean up that God forsaken town, he was going to shrink government, he was going to cut taxes. He did none of those things, but at least he had the best of intentions as I have said.

Biden came to Washington promising the world to his Leftist base. Time will tell, but unless Republicans get their act together and take back Congress and the White House, then our country’s trials have only just begun.


21 states threaten legal challenge to Biden's $1.9tn Covid rescue plan

Passing the $1.9tn Covid relief bill through Congress has been an early legislative triumph for Joe Biden’s presidency, but it may not be the end of opposition to it. Tony Romm and Jeff Stein have reported overnight for the Washington Post on the Republican moves against it at state level:

The attorneys general take issue with a $350 billion pot of money set aside under the stimulus to help cash-strapped cities, counties and states pay for the costs of the pandemic. Congressional lawmakers opted to restrict states from tapping these federal dollars to finance local tax cuts.

Lawmakers included the provision to ensure Washington isn’t footing the bill on behalf of states that later take deliberate steps to reduce their revenue. But the guardrails frustrated many Republican leaders, who said in a letter to the Treasury Department that the law’s vague wording threatens to interfere with states in good financial standing that sought to provide “such tax relief with or without the prospect of COVID-19 relief funds.”

The attorneys general from Arizona, Georgia, West Virginia and 18 other states called on the Biden administration to make it clear that they can proceed with some of their plans to cut taxes, including those that predate the stimulus, in a seven-page missive sent to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Otherwise, they said, the relief law “would represent the greatest invasion of state sovereignty by Congress in the history of our Republic” — and they threatened to take “appropriate additional action” in response. Some state officials are already discussing a possible lawsuit.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of US politics for Wednesday. Yesterday Joe Biden was out and about promoting his American Rescue Plan. Here’s a catch-up on where we are, and a little of what to expect from the diary today…


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