President Biden Tweets for Friday’s Open Thread

Pardon Our Mess. Photo by Marty Mankins.

It’s Friday.

For Friday, June, 25th, 2021, President Biden has received his daily brief. This afternoon he’ll sign H.R. 49, to designated the National Pulse Memorial into law. Afterward he and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg will offer remarks to commemorate Pride Month. Later this afternoon he will welcome to the White House the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.

H.R. 49 passed the House on May 12th, by voice vote and passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent according to, on June, 9th, 2021.

Text of H.R. 49.

USA TODAY reports that H.R. 49 is part of “an effort to build a permanent memorial at the site in honor of the 49 people gunned down five years ago by a man armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle. Plans call for a reflecting pool, an open-air museum and an education center with gardens and a public plaza.”

They also note that the new law says that no federal funds can be used to establish the memorial. The project has an estimated cost of $45 million. State and local governments, along with “various corporations, have donated millions of dollars to the project. The memorial won’t be a unit of the National Park System.”

In his remarks regarding Pride Month, President Biden is expected to formally introduce his already named “Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons.”

Today, ahead of his remarks at the White House for Pride Month, President Joe Biden announced that he will appoint Jessica Stern to be the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons at the Department of State – a role critical to ensuring that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around the world. The Special Envoy will play a vital role in leading implementation of the Presidential Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons Around the World. At a time when the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons are increasingly threatened in all regions of the world, the Special Envoy will bring together like-minded governments, civil society organizations, corporations and international organizations to uphold  dignity and equality for all.  

White 06/25/2021.

In Case You Missed it News.

On Thursday, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN reported that the Biden Administration plans to evacuate thousands of Afghans who were hired as interpreters, drivers, and other staff to aid the U.S. military while they wait for their visa applications to be processed. During his remarks yesterday President Biden confirmed the process has already started.

Q Do you know anything on these reports about moving Afghan nationals to other countries who helped during the war?
THE PRESIDENT: They’re going to come. We’ve already begun the process. Those who helped us are not going to be left behind.
Q Do you know what country they’re going to move to first?
THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know that. I’ll be meeting with the — with Ghani tomorrow, the head — he’s coming to my office. That will be a discussion. But they’re welcome here, just like anyone else who risked their lives to help us.

White 06/24/2021.

President Biden has tweeted 8 times so far Friday, they will be shared below.

I called an audible on his most recent Friday tweet, his 8th, yes, number 8…

When Thursday’s Open Thread was published President Biden had issued just one tweet. The post was updated to include his second tweet announcing a deal had been reached between himself and a bipartisan group of lawmakers regarding infrastructure spending.

He added 8 tweets and 1 retweet to his already 2 tweets giving him a Thursday Tweeting Total of 10 tweets and 1 retweet.

His third tweet on Thursday was to share a live feed to remarks regarding the bipartisan infrastructure spending deal.

The video is 33 minutes and 17 seconds long. President Biden begins speaking at the 7 second mark. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden (0:35): I said many times before: There’s nothing our nation can’t do when we decide to do it together, do it as one nation.  Today is the latest example of that truth, in my view.  I’m pleased to report that a bipartisan group of senators — five Democrats, five Republicans — part of a larger group — have come together and forged an agreement that will create millions of American jobs and modernize our American infrastructure to compete with the rest of the world and own the 21st century. 

President Biden (2:56): This is going to put plumbers and pipefitters to work.  It’s going to replace 100 percent of the nation’s lead water pipes so that every child and every American could turn on the faucet at home or at school and drink clean water, including in low-income communities and communities of color that have been disproportionately affected by lead pipes and the consequences of that. This still makes key investments to put people to work all across the country building transmission lines, upgrading the power grid to be more ener- — more energy efficient and resilient in extreme weather — to be able to sustain extreme weather and the — and the climate crisis.  It also builds our natural infrastructure — our coastlines and our — and our levees — to be more resilient as well. American workers will be installing electric vehicle charging stations and undertaking critical environmental cleanups.  This bipartisan agreement represents the largest investment in public transit in American history. And I might add that — the largest investment in rail, since the creation of Amtrak.  You all know I have nothing but affection for Amtrak, having traveled over a million miles on it, commuting every day.  But it’s a big deal.

He paused talking about infrastructure for his next two tweets, which we skip to continue on with Infrastructure Week.

President Biden (8:39): We need physical infrastructure, but we also need the human infrastructure as well.  They’re a part of my overall plan.  What we agreed on today is what we could agree on: the physical infrastructure.  There was no agreement on the rest.  We’re going to have to do that through the budget process. And we need a fairer tax system to pay for it all. I’m not going to rest until it all — both get to my desk.

He shares a video still focused on the bipartisan deal on infrastructure.

The video is 1 minute 46 seconds long and features White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki talking about the bipartisan framework on infrastructure. I will not be transcribing her words.

Alert this next batch of tweets are from Friday, that’s today…

President Biden (4:08): This agreement is going to create a new financing authority that’s going to leverage private capital and infrastructure and clean energy projects that will provide folks with good-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced — the kinds of jobs that provide middle-class — a middle-class life with a little bit of breathing room — a little bit of breathing room for American families. My dad used to say, “Being in the middle class is just being able to take that extra breath.”  I mean it sincerely.  Think about it.  Think about all the people who can’t take that breath because they don’t — they have no margin for error. We’re — and we’re — and we’re going to do it all without raising a cent from earners below $400,000.  There’s no gas tax increase, no fee on electric vehicles.  And the fact is, we’re going to help ensure that — we’re going to make sure that everybody in America is in a position to be able to do what need be done. 

The majority of his Friday tweets are presented in Thread form.

The good news is, most of what these tweets say, are just repeats from his remarks. The bad news, I’m very late, and I hate that. Best news is, it’s Friday!!!!

The White House has published a breakdown of the Infrastructure Framework.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework:

Amount (billions)
Roads, bridges, major projects$109
Public transit$49
Passenger and Freight Rail$66
EV infrastructure$7.5
Electric buses / transit$7.5
Reconnecting communities$1
Ports & Waterways$16
Infrastructure Financing$20
Other Infrastructure$266
Water infrastructure$55
Broadband infrastructure$65
Environmental remediation$21
Power infrastructure incl. grid authority$73
Western Water Storage$5

*New spending + baseline (over 5 years) = $973B
*New spending + baseline (over 8 years) = $1,209B

His two unrelated tweets focused on remarks he gave from North Carolina on Thursday.

The video is 34 minutes and 27 seconds long. President Biden begins speaking at the 9 minute and 20 second mark. His full remarks can be found here.

The H.R. 49 signing ceremony.

His remarks on Pride Month.

This is an Open Thread.


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