For Wednesday September 8th, 2021, President Biden has received his daily brief. At 11:20 a.m. D.C., time President Biden is expected to offer remarks honoring Labor Unions; the Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh is expected to attend. Mid-day President Biden will receive a briefing from the White House Covid-19 Response Team.
President Biden has tweeted 2 times so far.
On Tuesday President Biden visited New Jersey and New York to survey the impact of Hurricane Ida.
In New Jersey he received a briefing from local officials on the storms impact.
The YouTube video is 23 minutes and 48 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.
The snip from where he mentions his Build Back Better agenda:
Thanks, Gov. Thank you. Wish I were here under different circumstances, but you really took a hit and New Jersey took a hit; parts of my state as well, but New Jersey and New York in particular.
And I want to begin by thanking Senator Booker for all the work he’s doing in the Senate trying to get this infrastructure and other — the things we have to do to not just build back, but build back better than it was before.White House.gov. 09/07/2021.
In New York President Biden offered remarks regarding his Administration’s Response to Hurricane Ida.
The YouTube video is 27 minutes and 48 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.
The snip from where he mentions his Build Back Better agenda.
My Build Back Better plan, with key investments in — in — to fight climate change, cutting emissions, and make things more resilient. Each dollar we invest, every dollar we raise — a city block by two feet, flood-proof power stations, sanitations, reduction in the buildup of kindling in our forest, installing electrical lines underground rather than overhead — saves us six dollars for every single dollar we spend to do those things.
Because the next time disaster strikes, the flood is contained, the fire doesn’t spread as wisely [widely], and power stays on, not to mention those investments save lives, homes, and create good-paying union jobs.White House.gov. 09/07/2021.
The White House will post a transcript later today.
When Biden Bits was published for Tuesday, President Biden had tweeted 2 times. He added 6 tweets giving him a Tuesday Tweeting Total of 8 tweets and 0 retweets.
The 57 second text:
President Biden: [For example — you’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it again, but it’s the best example to make clear to people a very complicated notion:] Fifty-five of the largest corporations in America last year paid zero — zero in federal taxes. I don’t care what your position is. It just seems to me it’s time they start to pay their fair share like everybody else. Just pay a little bit here, and it comes out to billions of dollars if they pay it. The irony of ironies is: During the recession and the pandemic — you’ve heard me say this before; I apologize for repeating it — when the vast majority of Americans were struggling just to hang on, the number of billionaires in America actually grew. [(Laughs.) Now, I want to hold here for just a second. If — you know, there have been so many records the stock market has hit under my presidency. Imagine if the other guy was here: “We’re doing great. It’s wonderful. The stock market is surging. It’s gone up higher under me than anybody.” But that doesn’t — that doesn’t mean that it’s the best for the economy. Look,] the stock market has set 40 record highs just this year. They can afford to pay just a little bit more. But, folks, right now, the House and Senate are working on my plan to generate a fairer tax system and close loopholes that big corporations and the super-wealthy use to pay less.
President Biden: For those big corporations that don’t want things to change, my message is this: It’s time for working families — the folks who built this country — to have their taxes cut. And those corporate interests doing everything they can to find allies in Congress to keep that from happening, let me be — as the old expression goes — perfectly clear: I’m going to take them on. We’re going to pass these measures. We’re going to build an economy from the bottom up and the middle out, not from the top down.
The below YouTube video is 19 minutes and 45 seconds long.
The Texas Tribune reported on Tuesday that Governor Abbott of Texas signed the controversial voting restrictive bill, SB 1, into law. The new voting restrictions law is set to go into effect three months from now in time for the 2022 primary elections. SB 1 faces many legal challenges.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 1, sweeping legislation that further tightens state election laws and constrains local control of elections by limiting counties’ ability to expand voting options. The governor’s signature ends months of legislative clashes and standoffs during which Democrats — propelled by concerns that the legislation raises new barriers for marginalized voters — forced Republicans into two extra legislative sessions.
SB 1 is set to take effect three months after the special legislative session, in time for the 2022 primary elections. But it could still be caught up in the federal courts. Abbott’s signature was both preceded and followed by a flurry of legal challenges that generally argue that the law will disproportionately harm voters of color and voters with disabilities.Texas Tribune.org. 09/07/2021.
They continue; While SB 1 makes some changes that could expand access — namely increasing early voting hours in smaller, mostly Republican counties — the new law otherwise restricts how and when voters cast ballots. It specifically targets voting initiatives used by diverse, Democratic Harris County, the state’s most populous, by banning overnight early voting hours and drive-thru voting — both of which proved popular among voters of color last year.
On August 30th, the Texas Tribune offered a breakdown of what was in the bill:
Changes to the Texas election process in SB 1 include
- A ban on drive-thru voting
- New regulations for early voting hours, including a ban on 24-hour voting
- A ban on the distribution of mail-in ballot applications
- New ID requirements for voting by mail
- A correction process for mail-in voting
- Enhancing poll watcher protections
- Establishing monthly citizenship checks
- Creating new rules for voter assistance
“Establishing monthly citizenship checks”…
SB 1 sets up new monthly reviews of the state’s voter rolls to identify noncitizens — harkening back to the state’s botched 2019 voter rolls review. The bill will require the Texas secretary of state’s office to compare the massive statewide voter registration list with data from the Department of Public Safety to pinpoint individuals who told the department they were not citizens while obtaining or renewing their driver’s license or ID card after registering to vote.
The state’s 2019 review landed it in federal court over concerns it targeted naturalized citizens who were classified as “possible non-U.S citizens” and set up to receive notices from their local voter registrar demanding they prove their citizenship to keep their registrations safe.
The language in SB 1, which was revised from previous iterations, should match the legal settlement the state ultimately entered into to end that effort and settle three federal lawsuits by agreeing to rework their methodology. The state never restarted that work after that debacle but would be required to under SB 1.Texas Tribune.org. 08/30/2021.
Speaking of lawsuits…
Speaking of elections…
On Tuesday the White House published the following Presidential Action:
Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Foreign Interference in or Undermining Public Confidence in United States Elections:
On September 12, 2018, by Executive Order 13848, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 etseq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the threat of foreign interference in or undermining public confidence in United States elections.
Although there has been no evidence of a foreign power altering the outcomes or vote tabulation in any United States election, foreign powers have historically sought to exploit America’s free and open political system. In recent years, the proliferation of digital devices and internet-based communications has created significant vulnerabilities and magnified the scope and intensity of the threat of foreign interference. The ability of persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States to interfere in or undermine public confidence in United States elections, including through the unauthorized accessing of election and campaign infrastructure or the covert distribution of propaganda and disinformation, continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared on September 12, 2018, must continue in effect beyond September 12, 2021. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13848 with respect to the threat of foreign interference in or undermining public confidence in United States elections.
This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.White House.gov. 09/07/2021.
See everything under President Biden’s first tweet for Wednesday…
The video is 1 minute long.
President Biden: President Obama used to always say “It isn’t about us, it’s about families out there,” and “all American need a lifeline.” I remember passing the Affordable Care Act like it was yesterday. I look at all those faces behind the President, including the young boy who was going to benefit from that act. In the 12 years since we’ve passed the Affordable Care Act, we’ve enrolled 31 million people in the Affordable Care Act. But there’s still a lot of work to do. You know, that’s why my plan, it’s called Build Back Better lowers the cost of premiums so four out of five Americans can sign up to the Affordable Care Act and pay less than ten dollars a month a be covered. I really, really, really believe that lowering the cost of prescription drugs, lowering the cost of health care, all the things which we’re doing is critically important. It’s a life changer.
The text in the above tweet does not appear in recent remarks by President Biden, it’s just a hard emotional heart strings push for Congress to pass the Build Back Better agenda by getting the American voter emotionally invested in his plan.
President Biden’s remarks are scheduled for 11:20 a.m. D.C., time.
The daily press briefing is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. D.C., time. Special guests today are; Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese.
This is an Open Thread.
Fall is coming I swear; two weeks from today…