Today until now
The White House briefing has now concluded. Here’s where the day is so far:
- The US economy added 379,000 jobs last month, according to the latest report from the labor department. The unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.2%.
- The Senate has begun its “vote-a-branch” on the coronavirus relief bill. Senator Bernie sanders It has already submitted a proposal to add a federal minimum wage of $ 15 to the aid package, but that measure appears to have failed.
- Chuck Schumer promised that the Senate would remain in session until the coronavirus relief bill passes. “The Senate is going to get a lot of votes. But we are going to be able to pass and finish this bill, no matter how long it takes, “said the Democratic Majority Leader this morning. “The American people are counting on us and our nation depends on it.”
The blog will have more coming soon, so stay tuned.
White House Press Secretary Jen psaki rejected the notion that Joe biden he was “snubbing” lawmakers by delaying his first speech at a joint session of Congress.
“It’s not a slight happening here,” Psaki said. “We are in the middle of a global pandemic.”
Psaki added that Biden intended to address Congress soon, and is in close consultation with Congressional leaders to determine a date for that speech.
The White House has previously indicated that Biden wants to wait to address Congress until it signs the coronavirus relief bill.
White House Press Secretary Jen psaki he was asked about whether Joe biden I would soon talk to the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Psaki said the two leaders would speak “at some point,” but did not give a clear idea of when that might happen.
White House Press Secretary Jen psaki saying Joe biden “Does not participate in conversations or negotiations on the reduction of the minimum wage threshold.”
Psaki reiterated that Biden strongly supports Bernie Sanders’ proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, but said the president is currently focused on passing the coronavirus relief bill.
Psaki’s comments come as the Senate appears to have rejected Sanders’ amendment to add a minimum wage provision to the aid package.
White House Press Secretary Jen psaki he was asked about whether Joe biden He was concerned that his coronavirus relief bill would not appear to attract bipartisan support in Congress.
“Bipartisanship is not determined by a single zip code in Washington, DC,” Psaki responded.
The press secretary noted that polls have shown that a large majority of the American people support the aid package and argued that those polls were a better reflection of bipartisan support for the bill.
White House Press Secretary Jen psaki He was asked about the Detroit mayor’s rejection of a shipment of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine due to its lower efficacy rate compared to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
“Our team has contacted the mayor. There has been a little misunderstanding, ”said Psaki.
Echoing public health experts, the press secretary once again encouraged Americans to receive any of the three approved coronavirus vaccines that are available to them.
White House Press Secretary Jen psaki said a group of senior officials will soon travel to the U.S.-Mexico border to provide Joe biden with an information session on the influx of unaccompanied migrant children at the border.
Citing security concerns, Psaki did not provide details on which officials they were targeting or to which places specifically along the border they would travel.
When a journalist noticed that Donald trump has criticized Biden’s immigration agenda, Psaki responded, “We do not follow our advice or former President Trump’s advice on immigration policy.”
White House Press Secretary Jen psaki once again asked about Joe bidenopinions on the obstructionism of the Senate.
“His point of view and his position have not changed,” said Psaki.
Biden has previously voiced his opposition to the idea of removing obstructionism, although some leeway has been allowed if Republicans attempt to clog his entire agenda, which progressives have said is a virtual certainty.
Hereinafter, Democrats I don’t have the votes to remove obstructionism because at least two moderate Democratic senators, Joe manchin Y Kyrsten Sinema, they have said they are against the idea.
Jen psaki saying Joe biden he will hold his first full press conference as president “before the end of the month.”
Biden has received some criticism for not holding a solo press conference yet, as many reporters have noted that Barack Obama Y Donald trump he had already held press conferences at this point in his presidencies.
Psaki defended the timing of the press conference, saying that Biden has focused on responding to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic consequences.
The press secretary also noted that Biden frequently responds to journalists’ questions after his events, but the president generally only answers a question or two before departing.
Joe biden will travel to Baltimore on Wednesday to meet with the CEOs of Johnson & Johnson and Merck, press secretary Jen psaki just announced.
The trip comes days after the president announced that Merck would begin producing Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine.
Biden said he would invoke the Defense Production Act to help Merck facilities obtain the necessary resources to begin producing the vaccine.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is now conducting her daily briefing, and started the event by commenting on the latest employment report.
“While it shows some progress, it also shows the long way to go,” Psaki said.
The press secretary noted that the US economy still has about 9.5 million fewer jobs than in February 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic began.
The work report will be discussed when Joe biden receives an economic report from the Secretary of the Treasury Janet yellen later today, Psaki said.
Cuomo’s former assistant says he’s a ‘textbook abuser’
Richard Luscombe reports for The Guardian:
A former assistant to Andrew Cuomo who has accused the New York governor of sexual harassment has said that he believes he is a “textbook abuser” who knew she was a survivor of sexual violence and yet made inappropriate advances.
Charlotte bennettCuomo, 25, a former executive assistant and health policy adviser, told CBS Evening News Thursday that Cuomo was trying to propose to her during an “awkward” encounter in his office last spring, and that she felt that ” I had to get out of this room as soon as possible ”.
She said it was one of multiple incidents in which the 63-year-old governor, who also faces similar accusations from two other women, acted inappropriately.
“He’s a textbook abuser,” Bennett said, when asked how he would describe Cuomo. “He let his temper and anger rule the office, but he was very sweet to me for a year hoping that maybe someday when he got close to me he would think we were friends or that it was appropriate or that it was OK.”