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For Tuesday, October, 19th, 2021, President Biden has received his daily brief. This afternoon President Biden along with the Vice President and Treasury Secretary will hold two meetings with lawmakers to discuss his legislative agenda.
In yesterdays daily press briefing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki offered an update on President Biden’s continued outreach to lawmakers in attempts to enact his legislative agenda:
Hi, everyone. Good afternoon. Okay, I have a update for all of you on some of the President’s outreach and engagement as it relates to Build Back Better and his legislative agenda.
He spent the weekend continuing his deep engagement on behalf of his economic growth agenda for the middle class, speaking with members who represent the full spectrum of views of Hill Democrats about the pathway forward on both his human infrastructure and physical infrastructure plans.
He spoke, as I think some of you reported, this morning with Representative Jayapal at the White House, and will have a number of additional conversations by phone with members of both chambers and — who also run the gamut in terms of their views — as we proceed through the course of the afternoon.
Tomorrow, he will host two different meetings with House members here at the White House: one with moderates and one with progressive members.
We’re encouraged at the accele- — by the accelerated pace of talks and are eager to get this done to meet the urgent needs of families who have been contending with high costs, outdated physical infrastructure, the increasingly devastating threat of climate change, and a tax system that gives special treatment to the rich and corporations at the expense of middle-class families no matter how hard they work.White House.gov. 10/18/2021.
President Biden has tweeted 2 times so far for Tuesday…
The YouTube is 45 minutes and 21 seconds long. President Biden’s remarks can be found here.
Friday, October, 15th, 2021, President Biden traveled to Connecticut where he offered remarks regarding the Build Back Better Agenda. The below YouTube video is 29 minutes and 15 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.
President Biden: The bottom line is this: When you give working families a break, we don’t — we’re not just raising their quality of life; we’re positioning our country to compete in the future.
When Biden Bits was published for Monday President Biden had not tweeted. As the FYI note explained I was on toddler duty so yeah, 20 minutes after nine a.m., my time, he tweeted and I ignored it.
President Biden has a Monday Tweeting Total of 5 tweets and 0 retweets.
4 out of 5 of his Monday Tweets are what we will call Twitter Outreach for his Build Back Better Agenda…
He’s said the above several times over the last few weeks; I’m picking the most recent time. The below also connects to his most recent remarks regarding Build Back Better…
On October, 5th, 2021, President Biden delivered remarks on his Build Back Better Agenda and Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill in Howell, Michigan. The below YouTube is 37 minutes and 29 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.
President Biden: Let me be clear: We need to prepare for 10 years down the line. That’s what these bills do. Both these bills spend out over 10 years, not in the first year. So if you take the infrastructure bill, folks, it’s described as a $1.2 trillion bill. What that means is that of all those investments in roads, bridges, high-speed Internet, water, everything else, all of it would be less than one half of 1 percent of our economy each year. And it’s all paid for, and they don’t increase the debt because they’re paid for by asking the very wealthy to begin their par- — pay their fair share. As a matter of fact, a significant portion of this plan cuts taxes for working people. And best of all, the cost of these bills, in terms of adding to the deficit, is zero. Zero. Zero. And I made a commitment when I wrote these when I was running: No one making under $400,000 a year will see a penny in their taxes go up. That’s why, in the infrastructure bill, there is no gas tax increase, because people making under 400 would have to pay more.
President Biden: That’s why, despite the attacks — the attacks and misinformation, my plan has overwhelming support of the polling data from the American people. They understand what’s at stake.
The first part of the tweet comes from remarks he gave on October, 8th, 2021, regarding the September Jobs Report. The below YouTube is 13 minutes long.
President Biden: In total, the job creation in the first eight months of my administration is nearly 5 million jobs. Jobs up, wages up, unemployment down — that’s progress.
The Build Back Better Agenda.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure bill.
His non-related to agendas tweet…
Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell’s family announced yesterday that Powell had passed away do to coronavirus complications. He was 84 years old.
During yesterday’s 2021 State and National Teachers of the Year Event President Biden said: And it also is — I — let me conclude by saying this about something that — as a strong proponent of education, I became friends — and Jill as well — but I became friends with Colin Powell, who we just lost. Think of where Colin Powell — he’s not only a dear friend and a patriot, one of our great military leaders, and a man of overwhelming decency, but this is the guy born the son of immigrants in New York City, raised in Harlem, in the South Bronx. Graduated from City College of New York. And he rose to the highest ranks not only in the military but also in — in areas of foreign policy and statecraft.
The White House released the following statement regrading Powell’s death:
Jill and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity, General Colin Powell.
The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four presidents. He believed in the promise of America because he lived it. And he devoted much of his life to making that promise a reality for so many others.
As a Senator, I worked closely with him when he served as National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as Secretary of State. Over our many years working together – even in disagreement – Colin was always someone who gave you his best and treated you with respect.
Colin embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat. He was committed to our nation’s strength and security above all. Having fought in wars, he understood better than anyone that military might alone was not enough to maintain our peace and prosperity. From his front-seat view of history, advising presidents and shaping our nation’s policies, Colin led with his personal commitment to the democratic values that make our country strong. Time and again, he put country before self, before party, before all else—in uniform and out—and it earned him the universal respect of the American people.
Having repeatedly broken racial barriers, blazing a trail for others to follow in Federal Government service, Colin was committed throughout his life to investing in the next generation of leadership. Whether through his care for the women and men serving under his command and the diplomats he led, or through the work he shared with his wife Alma at the America’s Promise Alliance to lift up young people, or through his years leading the Eisenhower Fellowships, Colin’s leadership always included a focus on future.
Above all, Colin was my friend. Easy to share a laugh with. A trusted confidant in good and hard times. He could drive his Corvette Stingray like nobody’s business—something I learned firsthand on the race track when I was Vice President. And I am forever grateful for his support of my candidacy for president and for our shared battle for the soul of the nation. I will miss being able to call on his wisdom in the future.
Jill and I are sending all our love and strength to Alma, their children, Linda, Annemarie, and Michael, their grandchildren, and the entire Powell family.
Our nation mourns with you.
Colin Powell was a good man.
He will be remembered as one of our great Americans.White House.gov. 10/18/2021.
The White House published the following Proclamation:
General Colin Powell was a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity. The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four Presidents. He believed in the promise of America because he lived it. And he devoted much of his life to making that promise a reality for so many others. He embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat. He led with his personal commitment to the democratic values that make our country strong. He repeatedly broke racial barriers, blazing a trail for others to follow, and was committed throughout his life to investing in the next generation of leadership. Colin Powell was a good man who I was proud to call my friend, and he will be remembered in history as one of our great Americans.
As a mark of respect for General Powell and his life of service to our Nation, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on October 22, 2021. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of October, 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 House.gov. 10/18/2021.
The daily press briefing is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. D.C., time.