Biden Bits: That’s What My Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal & Build Back Better Agenda Do

Biden Tweets Logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

It’s Friday.

There are only 9 days until Halloween!

The below song is hilarious: there is some swearing toward the end. 🙂

For Friday, October 22nd, 2021, President Biden has received his daily brief. Tonight, President Biden will travel to Delaware.

President Biden has tweeted 2 times so far for Friday. 

The video is 48 seconds long. I have no idea where it was filmed.

Man I don’t know who says: Brandon, could you do me a favor and tell the President what you’ve told me and so many other people about Lynn means to you for your care?

Brandon says: Without her, I would not be able to have the life that I have. And there are thousands of people like me every day who, without these wonderful people that work with me, will not be able to live the life that they live. They give us a substantial life.

President Biden says: And they give you hope.

Brandon says: And I thank you so much for the Build Back Better plan, and I’m here to fight with you. You’re not alone.

The video is a 25 second snip from last nights CNN Town Hall. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden: No, look, Anderson, we’ve been — I’ve probably spent, well, well over 100 hours. This is a — this is a big deal. We’re both have — we have two plans: one is the infrastructure plan — roads, highways, bridges, buses, trains, et cetera — and the other one is what I call the “care economy”. It has a lot of money in there for environmental remediation as well as care economy. For example, you know, we want to get the economy moving, but millions of women can’t go to work because they don’t have any childcare. That kind of thing.

When Biden Bits was published for Thursday, President Biden had tweeted 5 times. He added 6 tweets giving him a Thursday Tweeting Total of 11 tweets and 0 retweets.

The YouTube video is 39 minutes and 22 seconds long. President Biden begins speaking at the 10 minute 46 second mark. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden: But we also know this: To make real the full promise of America, we have to protect that fundamental right: the right to vote — the sacred right to vote. You know, it’s democracy’s threshold of liberty. With it, anything is possible. Without it, nothing is.

President Biden: Jim Crow in the 21st century is now a sinister combination of voter suppression and elective subv- — election subversion.

President Biden: But the most un-American thing that any of us can imagine — the most undemocratic and the most unpatriotic — and yet, sadly, not unprecedented. Time and again, we’ve witnessed threats to the right to vote in free and fair elections come to fruition. Each time, we fought back. And we’ve got to continue to fight back today.

Thursday the Department of Labor said: In the week ending October 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 290,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. The previous week’s level was revised up by 3,000 from 293,000 to 296,000. The 4-week moving average was 319,750, a decrease of 15,250 from the previous week’s revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week’s average was revised up by 750 from 334,250 to 335,000.

I found no White House statement on yesterday’s Department of Labor report, but did find a statement from October 14th, 2021.

Today, we learned that the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment has fallen below 300,000 for the first time since the pandemic began — a drop of more than 60 percent since I took office, and the lowest weekly figure since March 14, 2020. While this is just one week, the fact that the four-week average declined is yet another sign of progress. With wages rising and our unemployment rate back below 5 percent for the first time since the pandemic struck, it is clear that our economy is getting back to normal despite the global challenges posed by the Delta variant.

I have said from the beginning that we cannot fully bring our economy back unless we beat the pandemic — and here, too, we are seeing encouraging signs.  As vaccination requirements have gone into effect, more and more Americans are getting vaccinated.  In fact, we now have 66 million eligible Americans that are unvaccinated, down from almost 100 million in July.  We are making important progress against the Delta variant, and our economy is gaining strength in turn.

With both COVID-19 cases and unemployment claims declining, it is clearer than ever that America is in the midst of an historic economic recovery — one that continues to lead the world.  The first half of this year saw our economy grow at the fastest rate in four decades.  The last three months have seen the largest fall in long-term unemployment since we began keeping records in 1948.  And with an average of 600,000 new jobs created each month since I took office, we have dramatically outpaced the previous record of job growth under a new president.  But to transform this historic momentum into a sustained economic boom, it is critical that we take action now to invest in our nation and our people.  We must pass both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the Build Back Better Act to strengthen the foundations of our economy, revitalize our middle class, and position America to compete and win for decades to come.

White 10/14/2021.

The 5 “facts” shared in the blog post posted by the Department of Labor on Wednesday:

The first fact appears above the chart shown in the above tweet. 1. Hispanic women experience the largest wage gap of any major racial or ethnic group

1. Hispanic women experience the largest wage gap of any major racial or ethnic group
For every dollar earned by a non-Hispanic white man, a Latina earns just 57 cents – a situation no doubt reflected in the fact that almost 1 in 10 (9%) Latinas working 27 hours or more a week are living below the poverty line.

2. Today’s gap reflects a long-standing pattern
Looking back over the past 30 years, Latinas have consistently earned less than 60 cents for every dollar earned by non-Hispanic white men; and today’s gap is only about five cents smaller than it was in 1990. African American women, too, have experienced a five-cent narrowing in the wage gap over that time period. The wage gap has narrowed by more than 10 cents for white women over the past three decades, and for Asian women the gap has closed.

3. The Latina wage gap persists even after controlling for educational differences
Latinas are less likely to have completed education beyond high school than other groups, but this fact does not explain away the entire wage gap. Even within each educational level, their wages remain relatively low compared with white men. For instance, among those with a bachelor’s degree, Hispanic women only make 64.6% of what white, non-Hispanic men make. In fact, Hispanic women with bachelor’s degrees have median weekly earnings less than those of white men with some college or an associate degree.

4. The pandemic hit Hispanic women particularly hard
Hispanic women experienced the steepest initial employment losses of any major group early in the pandemic. In April 2020, almost one-quarter (23%) fewer Hispanic women were working relative to just before the pandemic in February 2020. In comparison, this figure was 19% for Asian women, 18% for Black women and 16% for non-Hispanic white women. While employment has recovered significantly for other groups since that time, it continues to lag for Hispanic women and Black women who are still experiencing relatively large employment losses (5.2% and 4.7%, respectively).

5. Latinas have relatively high labor force participation rates, and unemployment rates
In September 2021, labor force participation for adult Hispanic women was 57.7% and unemployment was 5.6%. In comparison, these figures for adult white women were 56.1% and 3.7%.
Explore more data on women in the workforce and learn more about equity in wages.

Eleanor Delamater is a presidential management fellow and Gretchen Livingston is a survey statistician for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau. Follow the bureau on Twitter: @WB_DOL. 10/20/2021.

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