For Friday September 10th, 2021, President Biden has received his daily brief. President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden delivered remarks this morning (way earlier than normal) on how the Administration is helping to keep students safe in classrooms. Tonight the President and the First Lady will head to New York.
President Biden has tweeted 2 times so far; I will be sharing one down thread and one right now.
The White House will publish their remarks later today.
When Biden Bits was posted for Thursday, President Biden had not tweet, and boy did he make up for not tweeting. His Thursday Tweeting Total is 14 tweets and 0 retweets.
3 of his tweets are not related to his remarks Thursday evening in which he rolled out his stop the spread of COVID-19 plan.
The Department of Labor reported on Thursday that:
President Biden offered the following statement regarding the unemployment insurance claims.
This morning, we learned that the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment has fallen to its lowest levels since the pandemic began – six out of seven weeks of declining claims, and a nearly 60% drop in average claims from the week I took office. That is encouraging news for so many American families who have found a new opportunity and a little bit of breathing room as we continue to build back from last year’s economic devastation. Most importantly, along with seven consecutive positive job reports that have seen us gain nearly 4.5 million jobs since my Administration began, this decline in unemployment claims is further evidence of a durable economic recovery.
Despite the ongoing impact of the Delta variant, the evidence is clear: the Biden plan is working, we are seeing real results, and the American economy is on the move again. After anemic job growth of just 60,000 jobs per month in the three months before my first full month in office, we’ve now added 750,000 jobs per month over the last three months – and nearly doubled the previous record for job creation of any prior first-year President seven months in. Our economy grew in the first half of the year at the fastest rate in nearly 40 years. The unemployment rate fell to 5.2% in August – the lowest it has been since the beginning of the pandemic. And we are the only developed country in the world whose economy is now bigger than it was before the pandemic struck.
We still have a great deal of work to do to build an economy from the bottom up and the middle out, but the American people can be confident in our strategy – and they are. A recent Gallup poll found that 72% of Americans think that now is a good time to find a quality job: a higher number not only than what we saw throughout the pandemic, but higher than at any point in 2019 as well. That is the mark of an economy where regular Americans can see a place for themselves – an economy built on rising wages and the dignity of all people. With smart investments in American families and in America itself, we will continue to make consistent progress and build back better.White House.gov. 09/09/2021.
He means the bipartisan infrastructure deal and the budget resolution:
Senate Democrats approved a $3.5 trillion budget resolution early Wednesday morning, setting the stage in the weeks and months to come for the party to craft and attempt to pass a sweeping economic package expanding the social safety net that President Joe Biden has made a signature agenda item without the threat of a filibuster from Republicans who oppose it.
The Democratic-controlled House must next take up and pass the budget resolution. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer sent a letter to colleagues Tuesday saying the chamber planned to return the week of August 23 to consider the budget resolution.CNN. 08/11/2021.
We’ve now reached the COVID-19 remarks =’s tweets–tweets…
You can find his Executive Order on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees here.
The above YouTube video is 27 minutes and 4 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here. But I have a feeling, I’m gonna be posting a lot of his words…
The tweets text does sort of appear in his remarks. But since he linked the 6 point plan “path out of the pandemic,” we will start there.
Okay, I have attempted to cover this in a variety of ways, none of them have worked. So, I’m gonna post the highlights. To save all our sanity.
1. Vaccinating the Unvaccinated features 5 bullet points:
2. Further Protecting the Vaccinated features 2 bullet points:
3. Keeping Schools Safely Open features 6 bullet points:
4. Increasing Testing & Requiring Masking features 6 bullet points:
5. Protecting Our Economy Recovery features 3 bullet points:
6. Improving Care for those with COVID-19 features 3 bullet points:
President Biden’s plan to continue to combat COVID-19 this fall is comprehensive, science-based and relies on the power of the federal government working hand-in-hand with states, local communities, the private sector, and all Americans to put this pandemic behind us. The strategy outlined here is domestic focused. In the weeks ahead, the President will announce additional steps to build on the progress the Administration has made to combat this pandemic globally. President Biden and his Administration will continue to use every tool necessary to protect the American people from COVID-19.White House.gov. 09/09/2021.
The plus signs in the image are clickable plus signs that expand the information posted under each point of the plan.
President Biden (7:42): My job as President is to protect all Americans.
So, tonight, I’m announcing that the Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ over 80 million workers, to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week. Some of the biggest companies are already requiring this: United Airlines, Disney, Tysons Food, and even Fox News. The bottom line: We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers. [We’re going to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by increasing the share of the workforce that is vaccinated in businesses all across America.]
President Biden (9:55): The Department of Labor will require employers with 100 or more workers to give those workers paid time off to get vaccinated. No one should lose pay in order to get vaccinated or take a loved one to get vaccinated.
President Biden (18:02): [Let me be blunt. My plan also takes on elected officials and states that are undermining you and these lifesaving actions.] Right now, local school officials are trying to keep children safe in a pandemic while their governor picks a fight with them and even threatens their salaries or their jobs. [Talk about bullying in schools.] If they’ll not help — [if these governors won’t help] us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as President to get them out of the way.
President Biden (8:56): [Tonight, I’m using that same authority to expand that to cover those] who work in hospitals, home healthcare facilities, or other medical facilities –- a total of 17 million healthcare workers. If you’re seeking care at a health facility, you should be able to know that the people treating you are vaccinated. Simple. [Straightforward.] Period.
President Biden (19:04): The fourth piece of my plan is increasing testing and masking. From the start, America has failed to do enough COVID-19 testing. In order to better detect and control the Delta variant, I’m taking steps tonight to make testing more available, more affordable, and more convenient. I’ll use the Defense Production Act to increase production of rapid tests, including those that you can use at home.
President Biden (21:02): Today — tonight, I’m announcing that the Transportation Safety Administration — the TSA — will double the fines on travelers that refuse to mask. If you break the rules, be prepared to pay.
The video is 3 minutes and 3 seconds long and features White House press Secretary Jen Psaki. She gives highlights of the plan. I will not be transcribing the 3 minute and 3 second video.
President Biden (24:54): [We also know this virus transcends borders. That’s why, even as we execute this plan] at home, we need to continue [fighting the virus] overseas, [continue to be the arsenal of vaccines.] We’re proud to have donated nearly 140 million vaccines [over 90 countries,] more than all other countries combined, [including Europe, China, and Russia combined.] That’s American leadership on a global stage, [and that’s just the beginning. We’ve also now] started to ship another 500 million [COVID vaccines — Pfizer vaccines — purchased to donate to 100 lower-income countries in need of vaccines. And I’ll be announcing additional steps to help the rest of the world later this month.]
President Biden (5:47): As your President, I’m announcing tonight a new plan to require more Americans to be vaccinated, to combat those blocking public health. My plan also increases testing, protects our economy, and will make our kids safer in schools. It consists of six broad areas of action and many specific measures in each [that — and each of those actions that you can read more about at WhiteHouse.gov. WhiteHouse.gov.] The measures — these are going to take time to have full impact. But if we implement them, I believe and the scientists indicate, that in the months ahead we can reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans, decrease hospitalizations and deaths, and allow our children to go to school safely and keep our economy strong by keeping businesses open.
The press briefing is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. D.C., time.
This is an Open Thread.