Celebrations (and Questions) Greet US Vaccine Donation Plan
Health
Celebrations (and Questions) Greet US Vaccine Donation Plan

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — U.S. plans to donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries were met Thursday with both celebration and hesitation amid questions over whether the effort will be enough to help poor regions desperate... Read More

Airstrikes Still a Possibility After Afghan Pullout
Defense
Airstrikes Still a Possibility After Afghan Pullout
2021-06-10 13:07:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department may seek authorization to carry out airstrikes if the capital of Kabul or any other major city in Afghanistan is in danger of falling to the Taliban after the U.S. completes the withdrawal of its... Read More

US to Donate 500M Doses of Pfizer Vaccine to Nations Still in Throes of Pandemic
Foreign Affairs
US to Donate 500M Doses of Pfizer Vaccine to Nations Still in Throes of Pandemic
2021-06-10 11:03:06
by TWN Staff

The White House announced Thursday that the United States will purchase and donate half a billion Pfizer vaccines to 92 low- and lower middle-income countries and the African Union, a historic action intended to supercharge the global fight against the... Read More

Biden Signs Executive Order to Protect Americans’ Data
Technology
Biden Signs Executive Order to Protect Americans’ Data
2021-06-09 17:10:20
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - In another step to further cement a democratic "digital economy" as opposed to "authoritarian controls and interests" like those of China, President Bident signed an executive order today to tackle the national security risks in the U.S.' information... Read More

White House Pulls Plug on Capito infrastructure Talks
Infrastructure
White House Pulls Plug on Capito infrastructure Talks
2021-06-09 14:11:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden walked away from negotiations over an infrastructure bill with a group of Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R- W. Va., and now hopes to strike a deal with a separate, bipartisan group of... Read More

New Dems Outline Infrastructure Priorities for American Jobs Plan
Congress
New Dems Outline Infrastructure Priorities for American Jobs Plan
2021-06-04 15:18:42
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The House New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday endorsed several bills its members say will modernize the nation’s infrastructure, create jobs and grow the economy. The coalition, led by Infrastructure task force co-chairs Carolyn Bourdeaux, of Georgia, and Norma... Read More

Biden's Pledge on Media Freedom May Be Easier Said Than Done
Media
Biden's Pledge on Media Freedom May Be Easier Said Than Done

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the Biden Justice Department's first big moves has been to alert reporters at three major news organizations that their phone records were seized as part of leak investigations under the Trump administration, with President Joe... Read More

Biden, GOP Senator Talk as Time Drags on Infrastructure Deal
Political News
Biden, GOP Senator Talk as Time Drags on Infrastructure Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly an hour, President Joe Biden and the top Senate Republican negotiating infrastructure met Wednesday behind closed doors — two seasoned legislators engaged in another round of conversations, but emerging with few outward signs of tangible... Read More

White House, States Ramp Up Vaccine Incentives as Numbers Slow
In The States
White House, States Ramp Up Vaccine Incentives as Numbers Slow
2021-06-02 19:39:20
by Alexa Hornbeck

Vaccination rates, which reached a peak of 3.38 million shots per day in April slowed to fewer than 2 million doses per day in May. In response on Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced a “month of action” to urge more... Read More

Biden's Budget Seeks Bigger Investments And Expanded Authority For FDA
Federal Budget
Biden's Budget Seeks Bigger Investments And Expanded Authority For FDA
2021-06-02 19:28:23
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The Biden Administration's 2022 budget, released at the end of last week, seeks significant spending increases for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  The fiscal year 2022 budget request sets out $6.5 billion for the FDA, an increase of... Read More

Biden Taps Harris for Lead Role In Protecting Voting Rights
White House
Biden Taps Harris for Lead Role In Protecting Voting Rights
2021-06-02 12:03:52
by Dan McCue

TULSA, Okla. - President Joe Biden on Tuesday put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of his administration's efforts to protect voting rights. Biden made the announcement during a speech in Tulsa, Okla., where he marked the 100th anniversary of... Read More

Interior Department Suspends Oil and Gas Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Environment
Interior Department Suspends Oil and Gas Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
2021-06-01 21:17:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Department of the Interior on Tuesday canceled all oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge pending a new environmental review. The sale of the leases was one of the final acts of the Trump... Read More

Venture Global Launches Carbon Capture and Sequestration Project
Climate
Venture Global Launches Carbon Capture and Sequestration Project
2021-06-01 17:27:32
by Dan McCue

ARLINGTON, Va. - Venture Global LNG unveiled plans last week to capture and sequester carbon at two of its liquid natural gas facilities in Louisiana. Having concluded a comprehensive engineering and geotechnical analysis at the sites in Calcasieu Pass and... Read More

Biden to Honor Forgotten Victims of Tulsa Race Massacre
Civil Rights
Biden to Honor Forgotten Victims of Tulsa Race Massacre

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will take part in a remembrance of one of the nation's darkest — and largely forgotten — moments of racial violence when he helps commemorate the 100th anniversary of the destruction of a thriving... Read More

Social Spending, Business Tax Hike Drive $6T Biden Budget
Federal Budget
Social Spending, Business Tax Hike Drive $6T Biden Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's $6 trillion budget proposal for next year would run a $1.8 trillion federal government deficit despite a raft of new tax increases on corporations and high-income people designed to pay for his ambitious spending... Read More

Biden Orders More Intel Investigation of COVID-19 Origin
Health
Biden Orders More Intel Investigation of COVID-19 Origin

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ordered U.S. intelligence officials to "redouble" their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including any possibility the trail might lead to a Chinese laboratory.  After months of minimizing that possibility as... Read More

Indian American Groups Press White House on Vaccines for India
Foreign Affairs
Indian American Groups Press White House on Vaccines for India
2021-05-26 23:27:42
by TWN Staff

The United States' leading Indian American civic and political organization, IMPACT, has launched what it describes as a seven figure campaign to compel the Biden administration to rush COVID-19 vaccines to India and help the country build its own vaccine... Read More

Many Wait Uneasily as Biden Unwinds Key Trump Asylum Policy
Immigration
Many Wait Uneasily as Biden Unwinds Key Trump Asylum Policy

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In March of 2020, Estela Lazo appeared before Immigration Judge Lee O'Connor with her two children, her muscles tensed and a lump in her throat. Would they receive asylum? O'Connor's answer: No – he wasn't even... Read More

White House Opens Pacific Coast to Commercial-Scale Wind Farm Development
Energy
White House Opens Pacific Coast to Commercial-Scale Wind Farm Development
2021-05-25 19:08:18
by Dan McCue

The Biden administration is opening up the northern and central coasts of California to the first commercial scale offshore wind farm projects in the region. The first location, called the Morro Bay 399 Area, is roughly 400 square miles off... Read More

Congress Favors Proposals for Clean Energy Built on Public Lands
Energy
Congress Favors Proposals for Clean Energy Built on Public Lands
2021-05-25 13:49:53
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden’s aggressive environmental agenda moved forward during a congressional hearing Monday on whether to increase development of clean energies on federal lands. Democrats and Republicans agreed more solar, wind and geothermal energy plants should be built... Read More

Biden Doubling Spending to Prepare for Hurricanes, Storms
Climate
Biden Doubling Spending to Prepare for Hurricanes, Storms

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Monday that he's doubling U.S. emergency spending to help communities prepare for hurricanes and other extreme weather events, while launching a new effort at NASA to better understand and track the impact of... Read More

Biden Orders Assessment Of Climate Change on Economy
Climate
Biden Orders Assessment Of Climate Change on Economy
2021-05-24 15:37:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden signed an executive order Thursday directing the Treasury Department to prepare a report on the financial risks to the U.S. economy from climate change. The report is supposed to help the Biden administration target environmental... Read More

New Dems Outline Infrastructure Priorities
Congress
New Dems Outline Infrastructure Priorities
2021-05-21 17:06:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition laid out their infrastructure priorities this week, declaring themselves “very focused on getting things done and figuring out a path to get to yes,” in the words of their chair, Rep. Suzan DelBene, of... Read More

White House, GOP Infrastructure Talks Reaching Key Stage
Infrastructure
White House, GOP Infrastructure Talks Reaching Key Stage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations between the White House and Republican senators over President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion  infrastructure plan are reaching a crucial stage before more talks Friday after the latest offer from GOP lawmakers left some dismay in the... Read More

CEOs Say Regulatory Reform Key to Climate, Infrastructure Plan Success
Regulation
CEOs Say Regulatory Reform Key to Climate, Infrastructure Plan Success
2021-05-19 14:30:02
by TWN Staff

If the White House and Democrats in Congress truly want to achieve President Joe Biden's economic goals, they should not overlook the need to modernize and improve the nation's cumbersome regulatory system, according to a new report from The Business... Read More

How Consumers Created A Pop-Up Gas Crisis
Energy
How Consumers Created A Pop-Up Gas Crisis
2021-05-17 15:29:14
by Dan McCue

It was a scene that repeated itself at intersection after intersection in the District and surrounding communities in Virginia and Maryland this past weekend. Desperate-faced drivers, their knuckles taut against their steering wheels, slowly moving past lonely gas pumps and... Read More

Biden Rescinds Trump Immigrant Health Care Ban
In The News
Biden Rescinds Trump Immigrant Health Care Ban
2021-05-17 15:02:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Friday suspended Trump-era proclamation that barred the entry of immigrants who would "financially burden the U.S. health care system." Former President Donald Trump had asserted his intent in signing the proclamation on Oct. 4,... Read More

Biden Team Moves Swiftly to Tackle Pipeline Political Peril
Cybersecurity
Biden Team Moves Swiftly to Tackle Pipeline Political Peril

The Biden administration swung aggressively into action after a primary gasoline pipeline fell prey to a cyberattack — understanding that the situation posed a possible series of political and economic risks. The pipeline shutdown was an all-hands-on-deck situation for a... Read More

Biden Says Colonial Pipeline Attack Tied to Russian Ransomware Hackers
Cybercrime
Biden Says Colonial Pipeline Attack Tied to Russian Ransomware Hackers
2021-05-11 15:17:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The ongoing energy crisis created by a Russian gang’s ransomware attack late last week led the Biden administration to announce a multi-pronged strategy for confronting it on Monday. While President Biden declared an emergency, Colonial Pipeline officials said... Read More

Biden Strengthens Protections for LGBTQ Health Care
Health
Biden Strengthens Protections for LGBTQ Health Care
2021-05-11 12:50:47
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Biden Administration announced Monday it will interpret federal non-discrimination provisions as protecting the LGBTQ community against discrimination in health care.   The move, which was announced through the Department of Health and Human Services, means the Office for Civil Rights... Read More

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