Biden Bits: We Are Working to Get This Done

Biden Tweets Logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

It’s Thursday aka One Week Until My Vacation (fingers and toes crossed).

It’s also known as the last day of September…

For Thursday, September, 30th, 2021, President Biden has received his daily brief. Like it has been this Infrastructure Week there is nothing else listed on President Biden’s schedule.

Also happening today is the expectation the Government will avoid a government shutdown. I can’t say that for certain but that’s the rumor. Also this…

President Biden has tweeted 1 time so far for Thursday. 

The video is 2 minutes and 2 seconds long.

President Biden: Across America, approximately 23 million people are in recovery from a substance use disorder and millions more are affected by the addiction. As National Recovery Month concludes, I want to celebrate all of you out there who are in recovery, and let those of you who are not yet in recovery or who have loved ones with substance abuse disorder know that you’re not alone. This is personal to millions of families. It’s personal to my family, my son has written about it. And I know, I know that there’s hope. Treatment works. Recovery is possible. And my administration is here to support every person and every family on their journey to recovery. Through the American Rescue Plan, we’ve delivered nearly $4 billion to strength and expand mental health and substance abuse disorder services. We’re working with Congress to increase funding for states to remap up recovery support. We’re expanding coverage and lowering cost to make treatment for substance use available to more people.

President Biden con’t: And today, enrollment in the Affordable Care Act coverage, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are all at the all time high. And for more people than ever, they’ll now have access to treatment. And we’re also investing in key tools and proven interventions to prevent overdoses and deliver help to underserved communities. And we’re supporting all the caregivers, health care providers, and family members who are helping people on their journey to recover. Together, we celebrate with those of you who are in recovery and grieve for those who have lost someone. We hold all of you in our hearts and we commit ourselves to helping more families know the joy and relief of recovery. You know, when we work together, support each other, we put recovery within reach for more people. We can do this. Thank you and God bless you all.

On August 31st, 2021, the White House issued the following Proclamation on National Recovery Month:

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an enormous toll on the lives of the American people, especially those struggling with substance use disorder.  While many have continued on their path towards recovery, even while facing the additional physical, emotional, and economic hardships brought about by the pandemic, others have struggled.  During National Recovery Month, we celebrate the millions of Americans who have achieved recovery and reaffirm our commitment to helping more Americans overcome substance use disorder and reach recovery.  We also support those who are still struggling to achieve recovery and dedicate ourselves to overcoming these challenges together.

This year’s theme, “Recovery is For Everyone:  Every Person, Every Family, Every Community,” emphasizes that recovery is possible for all Americans.  My Administration honors the many pathways to recovery and will support individuals and their families at every step along their journey, in whatever form it takes.  Everyone can support and encourage those working toward recovery. 

The work ahead includes making treatment and recovery support services accessible to all Americans.  My American Rescue Plan delivered nearly $4 billion to strengthen and expand mental health and substance use disorder services.  My Administration will also continue to work to expand employment opportunities for people in recovery and foster the development of recovery-ready workplace policies and cultures.  Helping those in recovery to attain economic opportunity and mobility will not only improve their well-being but also benefit our Nation as a whole.  These investments will lay the foundation upon which more Americans — of all backgrounds and in every community — can build and maintain long-term recovery.

While opportunities for recovery should be available for everyone, those with substance use disorders in racially-diverse, Tribal, rural, and other underserved communities often lack access to the support services that they need to receive treatment and sustain their recovery.  Research also shows that a treatment gap lingers between people of color and their white neighbors.  People of color not only have less access to support services for addiction but are also subject to harsher penalties when addiction leads to interaction with the criminal justice system.  To address this, my Administration launched a Government-wide approach to advancing equity, including in our public health and criminal justice approaches to drug policy.

When we make the appropriate support and service systems available to everyone and embrace those seeking to rejoin and contribute to our communities, we put sustained recovery within reach of more people.  When we welcome Americans in recovery into our schools, homes, and workplaces with open arms, our Nation becomes stronger, healthier, and more inclusive. 

During National Recovery Month, we also honor and thank those who have helped our Nation heal and build back better.  In the face of unprecedented challenges this past year, our Nation’s health care providers have delivered essential care and hope to individuals, families, and communities in need.  On the frontlines of the addiction epidemic, they have ensured our Nation’s system of care remains intact, facilitating treatment and recovery.  As always, we celebrate the resilience and courage of the recovery community, which serves as a reminder that recovery is possible for everyone.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2021 as National Recovery Month.  I call upon all citizens, government agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other groups to take action to promote recovery and improve the health of our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

White 08/31/2021.

When Biden Bits was published for Wednesday, President Biden had not tweeted. He ended up tweeting 2 times giving him a Wednesday Tweeting Total of 2 tweets and 0 retweets.

Both tweets focus on Infrastructure Week…

A summary of the Build Back Better agenda can be found here.
The Senate passed Bipartisan Infrastructure bill can be found here.

On Thursday the White House published a readout of the meeting between Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer.

This evening, the President hosted Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer in the Oval Office to discuss their robust work to pass the two bills that form his vision for building an economy that delivers for the American middle class, and not just those at the top: the Build Back Better Act and the bipartisan infrastructure deal.

The three underlined their commitment to the Build Back Better Act, which will mean historic tax cuts for middle class families and small businesses, make health care, child care, and caring for elderly Americans more affordable, and take on climate change—with a price tag of $0 because it will repeal special, wasteful tax giveaways to the rich and big corporations.

They also stressed their commitment to the bipartisan infrastructure agreement, which will make historic, job-creating investments in our roads and bridges, connect every American to high speed internet, stop our children from drinking poisoned water, and make unprecedented gains for our clean energy leadership.

Both bills are must-pass priorities and are strongly supported by large majorities of the American people, who know that for far too long the wealthiest taxpayers and large companies have been able to write one set of rules for themselves while everyone else is left more and more behind.

The President also spoke by phone today with additional lawmakers, has led strategy sessions with his senior staff, and has been briefed by his legislative affairs and economic teams. The engagement that he, his Cabinet, and senior staff have been pursuing with Members of Congress for months will continue going into tomorrow.

White 09/29/2021.

The daily press briefing is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. D.C., time.

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