It’s Thursday aka Mickey & Minnie Mouse turn 93…
For Thursday, November 18th, 2021, President Biden has a jammed packed busy day…
President Biden has tweeted 4 times so far for Thursday…
As part of his busy Thursday, President Biden is signing into law three bills…
The first bill S.1511 “Protecting American’s First Responders Act of 2021”, amends “the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 with respect to payments to certain public safety officers who have become permanently and totally disabled as a result of personal injuries sustained in the line of duty, and for other purposes.” There is no summary provided.
The second bill S.1502 “COPS Counseling Act”, the summary says:
This bill sets forth requirements related to peer support counseling programs. A peer support counseling program is a program provided by a law enforcement agency that provides counseling services from a peer support specialist to a law enforcement officer of the agency. Among other things, the bill does the following:
- generally prohibits the disclosure of the contents of a peer support communication, and
- requires the Department of Justice to develop best practices and professional standards for peer support counseling programs.
The third bill S.921 the “Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act”, the summary says:
This bill explicitly grants extraterritorial jurisdiction over the following criminal offenses:
- killing (or attempting to kill) a federal officer or employee;
- assaulting, kidnapping, or murdering (or threatening to do so, or attempting to kidnap or murder) a family member of certain federal officials to retaliate against or to impede, intimidate, or interfere with the federal official;
- threatening to assault, kidnap, or murder certain federal officials to retaliate against or to impede, intimidate, or interfere with the federal official; and
- assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees.
The United States may prosecute such conduct that occurs outside the United States.
The White House published the following statement after the bills were signed;
On Thursday, November 18, 2021, the President signed into law:
S. 921, the “Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act,” which grants the United States extraterritorial jurisdiction over certain crimes committed against a Federal officer or employee serving abroad,
Thank you to Senators Cornyn, Coons, Grassley, Leahy, Whitehouse, Cotton, Hawley, and Durbin and Representatives Cuellar, McCaul, and Chabot for their leadership;
S. 1502, the “Confidentiality Opportunities for Peer Support Counseling Act” or the “COPS Counseling Act,” which prohibits Federal law enforcement officers from disclosing the contents of peer support communications; and requires the Department of Justice to develop a report on best practices and professional standards for peer support counseling programs for first responder agencies,
Thank you to Senators Cortez Masto, Grassley, Leahy, Young, Tillis, and Durbin and Representatives Trone, Stanton, and Reschenthaler for their leadership; and
S. 1511, the “Protecting America’s First Responders Act of 2021,” which expands eligibility requirements and increases certain benefits provided under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program administered by the Department of Justice,
Thank you to Senators Gillibrand, Grassley, Blackburn, Whitehouse, Crapo, Klobuchar, Daines, Tillis, Tester, Hirono, Blumenthal, and Durbin and Representatives Pascrell, Courtney, O’Halleran, Brownley, Rutherford, Fitzpatrick, Bacon, Mullin, and Garbarino for their leadership.White House.gov. 11/18/2021.
On Tuesday, Reuters reported that Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said; The bills do not add to inflation pressures, as the policies help to lift long-term economic growth via stronger productivity and labor force growth, and thus take the edge off of inflation.
They also quoted senior director and Americas sovereigns co-head at Fitch Ratings, Charles Seville, as saying of the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill & the Build Back Better Act that; will neither boost nor quell inflation much in the short-run.
The White House published the following statement:
Earlier this month, we received promising news that Pfizer has developed an antiviral pill for people infected by COVID-19 that may dramatically reduce the risk of hospitalizations and death.
While this antiviral pill still requires a full review by the Food and Drug Administration, I have taken immediate steps to secure enough supply for the American people. Today, I’m announcing that we have purchased 10 million treatment courses of the Pfizer antiviral COVID-19 pill, with delivery starting at the end of this year and across 2022. My administration is making the necessary preparations now to ensure these treatments will be easily accessible and free.
This is positive news. This treatment could prove to be another critical tool in our arsenal that will accelerate our path out of the pandemic.
But vaccines remain our strongest tool. With the authorization of vaccines for children aged 5 – 11 years old, 95% of Americans are now eligible to be vaccinated.
My message continues to be: get vaccinated.
The vaccines are safe, free, and easily available.
Get vaccinated today.
I will continue to take all necessary steps to ensure that America has the tools we need to save lives and bring an end to this pandemic.White House.gov. 11/18/2021.
I haven’t read the above article yet. Yeah, I suck, and so does my computer. It’s almost noon, restart twice, last WiFi once, today, Thursday is acting like a damn Monday…
When Biden Bits was published for Wednesday, President Biden had tweeted 2 times and retweeted 1 time. He added 7 tweets and 1 retweet giving him a Wednesday Tweeting Total of 9 tweets and 2 retweets.
The YouTube is 45 minutes and 24 seconds long. His full remarks from Detroit, can be found here. President Biden begins speaking at the 19 minute and 52 second mark.
President Biden: This law is going to help rebuild the backbone of this nation. When I ran for office, I said there were three reasons I’m running: one, to restore the soul of this country and decency; two, to restore the backbone of this country — working-class and middle-class folks, they were the ones that built America; and three, to unite the country. To rebuild the economy from the bottom up and the middle out is the way I look at the world.
President Biden: Look, I got a chance to drive a pretty incredible machine back then. I thought I — but I never could have imagined vehicles like the ones that I just took for a spin: the first-ever all-electric Hummer, which I first got to check out back in August when GM brought one of the White House — one to the White House lawn — in the South Lawn, along with the electric Ford 150, and the electric Jeep Wagoneer [Wrangler].
President Biden: Look, we’re going to make sure that the jobs of the future end up here in Michigan, not halfway around the world. You know, that means that here in Detroit you’re going to set a new pace for electric vehicles. This is not hyperbole; this is a fact. With this infrastructure law, along with my Build Back Better plan, we’re going to kickstart new batteries, materials, and parts production and recycling; boosting the manufacturing of clean vehicles with new loans and new tax credits; creating new purchase incentives for consumers to buy American-made, union-made clean vehicles, like the electric Hummer — (applause) — folks — or the Silverado or any other of the 20 or more vehicles that GM is going to come out with in the near term that are electric; and spurring demand by covering federal government’s enormous fleet of vehicles, as I’m going to do.
Tuesday, President Biden traveled to New Hampshire, to explain how the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill would benefit, that state, plus other states by rebuilding roads and repairing bridges. The YouTube is 23 minutes and 27 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.
The tweeted out video is 30 seconds long.
President Biden: We just landed in Washington, I’m coming back from New Hampshire because we went up to talk about the infrastructure bill we just passed. One of the things we did–we visited a bridge, we went to a bridge that, in fact, is in dire shape. But there’s 215 of those bridges that are going to have to be replaced in effect, in New Hampshire and all across the country. And what it’s going to do is it’s going to change the way people are able to live. When you see these projects started in your hometowns, I want you to feel what I feel: pride. Pride at what we can do together as the United States of America.