Obama jokingly calls Biden ‘Vice President’ upon his return to the White House
Barack Obama visited the White House on Tuesday in his first public event at the Executive Palace since leaving office. Join the celebration of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, as Joe Biden announced changes to the health care program that could make up to 200,000 uninsured Americans eligible for new coverage.
The visit is hoping many Democrats will take advantage of Biden’s still-high approval rating for his former boss among the Democratic base. Biden has recently struggled to raise his poor standing in the polls, and there are serious concerns that apathy and disillusionment among Democratic voters may give Republicans a chance in this year’s midterm elections. To win the midterms, Obama says, Democrats have a story to tell, “they just have to tell it.”
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday 11-11 to nominate Justice Kitangi Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. The result would not prevent Mrs. Jackson’s nomination from advancing to the Senate floor; It appears she has already had the support of 53 senators, with Republicans Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney all breaking ranks to support her.
The Secretary of Homeland Security holds a meeting with the Republican Party bloc on border restrictions
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas on Tuesday held a meeting with House Republicans from the Border Security Caucus but Republicans were “not satisfied with the answers.”
The border security suite was fully charged during the meeting — after an announcement last week that the White House would lift all Covid restrictions at the border under Trump.
“It was a tough crowd, and you had to give him a lot of credit for picking the toughest crowd, coming in and listening to them,” said Daryl Issa, a California Republican who attended the meeting.
“Nothing has really been resolved, other than his pledge to provide a number of follow-up information,” he said.
Representative Brian Papin of Texas, caucus co-chair of the meeting, said of the meeting: “We appreciated his courage in attendance, knowing we were 100 percent against him. But we weren’t satisfied with the answers he gave us.”
Maroucheh MuzaffarApril 6, 2022 05:01
Biden extends Covid student loan freeze until August 31
The United States is once again extending its pandemic-era moratorium on federal student loans, postponing the restart date until at least August 31, Associated Press reports.
This is the sixth time that the deadline for resuming payments has been extended, as Joe Biden faces pressure from Congress and inflation fears.
Before the extension, the freeze was set to expire on May 1, and more than 43 million Americans with $1.6 trillion in corporate loans would have defaulted again on their debt.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 04:45
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin responds to Matt Gates
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin seemed so angry about the questioning of Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz that he ended up in a screaming match with the Florida representative at the end of Gates’ five-minute tour.
Austin was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2023 budget request, but Mr. The Pentagon’s embrace of “waking up”.
Specifically, Gates inquired about a lecture given at the US National Defense University by French economist and writer Thomas Piketty entitled “Responding to China: The Case for Global Justice and Democratic Socialism.”
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 04:00
Kinzinger slams GOP “children” in Congress
Mr. Kinzinger said that “world order” is being challenged for the first time since World War II, but his colleague Republicans They were behaving like a ‘group of kids’.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 03:15
Oklahoma State House votes to make abortion illegal
The Oklahoma condition House They voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that makes it a felony To perform miscarriage In the state punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in what is potentially the most restrictive anti-abortion law passed since the US Supreme Court first indicated its desire to curtail reproductive rights last year.
The law, which would punish any Oklahomaman who abort with a lengthy prison sentence and a fine of up to $100,000, passed the Senate last year before sailing into the statehouse by a margin of 70-14 on Tuesday.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 02:30
Biden nominates the first woman to lead a branch of the US military
She will become the first woman to command a branch of the US military if this is confirmed. Admiral Fagan has served as deputy commanding officer since June of last year, becoming the first woman to reach the rank of four-star admiral in the Coast Guard.
Gustav Killander reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 01:45
The mood on Capitol Hill
Rep. Dan Keldy summed up the mood on Capitol Hill to PoliticoSarah Ferris:
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 01:15
The Capitol Police arrested the fox that attacked the deputy
US Capitol Police She arrested a fox suspected of biting a congressman on the leg.
Police divided the animal after warning politicians and employees Capitol Hill To be on the lookout for “Aggressive Encounters with Foxes”.
Graeme Massey reports on one of the most unexpected stories to be released today in DC.
Here’s an exclusive look at his suit from Punchbowl News:
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 01:00
Obama tells Democrats how to win midterm elections
Former President Barack Obama had a simple message for Democrats who worry about losing their majority in the 2022 midterm elections:
“We have a story to tell, we just have to tell it,” he said in response to NBC News’ Peter Alexander.
The former president received a standing ovation upon returning to the White House for the first time since leaving the Oval Office in 2017 to celebrate the twelfth anniversary of the passage of his health care bill, the Medicare Act, which earned him the nickname Obamacare in the press.
Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6 2022 00:15
The White House says the Russian financial system is close to default
Justin Vallejo has the latest.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 5, 2022, 23:30
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