Tag Archives: White House

White House Formally Backs Bill For DC Statehood

Via press release from the White House: For far too long, the more than 700,000 people of Washington, D.C. have been deprived of full representation in the U.S. Congress. This taxation without representation and denial of self-governance is an affront to the democratic values on which our Nation was founded. H.R. 51 rights this wrong by making Washington, D.C. a …

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White House Allocates $1.7B To Track COVID Variants

The Washington Post reports: The White House announced Friday that it will allocate $1.7 billion to fight coronavirus variants as the nation races to vaccinate people before the pathogen can mutate in new and concerning ways. The funding, which will come from the most recent federal stimulus package, will target the detection, surveillance and mitigation of the variants. The original …

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More Training For Major After Second Biting Incident

The Washington Post reports: Major, the Biden family’s younger German shepherd, is receiving additional training following a second biting incident on the White House grounds. Michael LaRosa, press secretary to first lady Jill Biden, confirmed that Major is receiving the training “to help him adjust to life in the White House.” “The off-site, private training will take place in the …

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TOMORROW: Biden To Take Executive Action On Guns

Politico reports: Biden will direct the administration to begin the process of requiring buyers of so-called ghost guns — homemade or makeshift firearms that lack serial numbers — to undergo background checks, according to three people who have spoken to the White House about the plans. He is expected to be joined at the event by Attorney General Merrick Garland. …

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WH Won’t Support National Vaccination Database

The Washington Post reports: White House press secretary Jen Psaki batted down the suggestion that the Biden administration was eying a national vaccine verification card, saying unequivocally that the president would not support that. “The government is not now, nor will we be supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential,” Psaki said. “There will be no federal …

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Biden Thanks New US Citizens For “Choosing Us”

The Associated Press reports: President Joe Biden is thanking naturalized Americans for “choosing us” in his official video message to the nation’s newest citizens. In the brief remarks, Biden references the “courage” of immigrants coming to the U.S. and his own heritage as a descendant of Irish immigrants. He also praises the contribution they will make to American society. “First …

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WH Unveils $2 Trillion Infrastructure And Climate Plan

The Washington Post reports: The White House on Wednesday unveiled an approximately $2 trillion jobs plan focused on infrastructure and the climate, a blueprint that represents President Biden’s vision for how to reshape the U.S. economy. Under what the administration calls the American Jobs Plan, Biden aims to tackle some of the nation’s most pressing problems — from climate change …

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Biden’s Dog Bites Federal Worker In Second Incident

CNN reports: The Bidens’ dog Major has been involved in another biting incident that required medical attention, two people with knowledge of the incident tell CNN. The incident, which involved a National Park Service employee, took place on the White House South Lawn on Monday afternoon. The employee was working at the time and needed to stop in order to …

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Biden To Nominate Diverse Slate Of 11 Federal Judges

Axios reports: President Biden on Tuesday announced plans to nominate 11 judges to the federal courts, including D.C. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace former D.C. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland, who is now U.S. attorney general. The nominees include three Black women, and could seat the first Muslim federal judge in the country’s history, the first AAPI …

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Biden Calls On Governors To Reinstate Mask Mandates

ABC News reports: “I’m reiterating my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate – please,” Biden said at an event announcing more vaccine eligibility. “This is not politics. Reinstate the mandate if you let it down. And businesses should require masks as well. The failure to take this virus seriously — precisely …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Gives Update On COVID Response

ABC News reports: President Biden on Monday plans to provide an update on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the “state of vaccinations,” during remarks from the White House. His latest assessment comes as the number of new cases in the United States has been on the rise, with more people letting down their guard amid the spread …

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Biden Admin Working On Vaccine Passport Standard

The Washington Post reports: The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard way of handling credentials — often referred to as “vaccine passports” — that would allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as businesses try to reopen. The effort has gained momentum amid President Biden’s pledge that the nation will …

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Biden Invites 40 World Leaders To WH Climate Summit

Via press release from the White House: Today, President Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23. The virtual Leaders Summit will be live streamed for public viewing. President Biden took action his first day in office to return the United States to the Paris Agreement. Days later, on …

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Biden “Expects” To Run Again In 2024 With Harris

CNBC reports: President Joe Biden expects to run for reelection in 2024, signaling for the first time that he will seek a second term in the White House. “My plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation,” Biden told reporters on Thursday during his first news conference as president. He later reaffirmed that it’s his “expectation” he will try …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Holds First Formal Press Conference

CBS News reports: President Biden will be giving his first press conference as president on Thursday, March 25, at 1:15 p.m. ET. While Mr. Biden has periodically taken questions from reporters, he has not yet had a full press conference since taking office. Mr. Biden has been criticized by conservatives and even some political allies for his delay in holding …

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Major Biden Back At WH After Behavior Training

The New York Daily News report: Presidential pet German Shepherd, Major Biden, has returned to the White House after undergoing behavioral therapy with a trainer following an “aggressive behavior incident” involving an aide. Both Major and his more laid back fellow pooch Champ are “back at the White House,” Michael LaRosa, a spokesman for First Lady Jill Biden, said Wednesday. …

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WH: Biden May Take Executive Actions On Gun Control

The Washington Post reports: White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that Biden is considering taking executive action on gun control in the wake of the Colorado shootings as well as seeking to work with Congress to strengthen background checks and reenact an assault weapons ban. Speaking to reporter on Air Force One as Biden traveled to Ohio, Psaki …

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WH Taps NASCAR For Vaccine Push To Conservatives

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Biden administration is enlisting the help of groups including the Christian Broadcasting Network Inc. and Nascar to encourage more people to get the Covid-19 vaccine, particularly members of communities that have been the most skeptical. The administration aims to use such organizations to help persuade conservatives, one of the demographic groups that polls show …

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WH: Only Five Have Been Fired Over Past Weed Usage

Politico reports: The White House on Friday sought to downplay the number of staffers whose jobs have been derailed by their prior cannabis use. A Daily Beast article published Thursday reported that “dozens of young White House staffers have been suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program” because of admissions of prior marijuana use. Several staffers …

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REPORT: Biden Admin Sidelines Staffers Over Pot Use

The Daily Beast reports: Dozens of young White House staffers have been suspended, asked to resign or placed in a remote work program due to past marijuana use, frustrating staffers who were pleased by initial indications from the Biden administration that recreational use of cannabis would not be immediately disqualifying for would-be personnel, according to three people familiar with the …

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