Biden Bits: One Year In…

Biden Tweets Logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

It’s Wednesday.

When Biden Bits was posted for Tuesday, President Biden had tweeted 2 times. He added 3 tweets giving him a Tuesday Tweeting Total of 5 tweets and 0 retweets.

The Washington Post reported this morning that according to a “White House Official”, the Biden admin plans to distribute “400 million high-quality N95 masks for adults free of charge at thousands of pharmacies and other locations starting next week.”

The New York Times reported the same as above but said, “The White House said in a statement on Wednesday that the government would begin shipping N95 masks to pharmacies and health centers at the end of this week.”

No official announcement to announce the shipments of masks is posted, yet.

On Tuesday the site to order 4 at home coronavirus home tests went online. My husband already ordered ours. So, I can’t tell you how easy or hard the process was. I will clock how long it takes for our at home tests to reach our neck of the woods.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was signed into law on 11/15/2021. On January 14th, 2022, the White House posted the following fact-sheet on the 60 day’s into “Infrastructure Implementation.”

Since President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law 60 days ago, the Biden-Harris Administration has hit the ground running to deliver results. The Administration has made key progress towards implementing the largest long-term investment in America’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century.

The historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will rebuild crumbling road and bridges, replace lead pipes, help provide high-speed internet to every family in America, and produce concrete results that change people’s lives for the better. These results will create good-paying, union jobs, support domestic manufacturing and supply chains, and position the United States to win the 21st century. As the Administration implements the law, it is following through on President Biden’s commitment to ensure investments advance equity and racial justice, reach communities all across the country – including rural communities, communities of color, and disability communities – and strengthen the nation’s resilience to climate change.

On the day President Biden signed the bill into law, he appointed Mitch Landrieu as Senior Adviser and Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator and signed an Executive Order establishing an Infrastructure Implementation Task Force to ensure the Administration achieves results for the American people. The Administration launched Build.gov to serve as a growing hub of implementation resources, and it kicked off a nationwide tour to highlight the benefits of the law for people across the country.

President Biden surveyed a bridge needing repairs in New Hampshire, toured an electric vehicle plant in Michigan, visited a public transit authority in Missouri. Vice President Harris joined Transportation Secretary Buttigieg in North Carolina to tour an electric bus facility. EPA Administrator traveled across the South during an environmental justice tour. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland toured the West to discuss resilience projects while Energy Secretary Jen Granholm touted clean energy projects from Illinois to Tennessee to Rhode Island. Throughout the tour, the Administration demonstrated how we will work as one team with one mission: to deliver results to the American people while advancing racial equity, combatting climate change, and creating job opportunities for American workers.

White House.gov. 01/14/2022.

Roads, Bridges, and Transportation Infrastructure

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced $27 billion in funding to replace, repair, and rehabilitate bridges across the country to all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Tribal governments over the next five years.
  • Vice President Harris announced an EV Charging Action Plan to achieve the President’s goal of building a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers.
  • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm formed a Joint Office of Energy & Transportation  focused on building out the national network of EV chargers.
  • FHWA at USDOT announced $52.5 billion in Federal Highway Apportionment for fiscal year 2022 the largest in decades for all 50 states and DC.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at USDOT announced $3 billion for 3,075 airportsacross the country that can use investments to upgrade critical infrastructure.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at USDOT announced $260 million for highway safety programsto reduce traffic crashes.
  • USDOT awarded $1 billion in Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants to invest in 90 major projects across 47 states funding that will be boosted by an additional $7.5 billion in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
  • The Maritime Administration (MARAD) at USDOT announced $230 million in Port Infrastructure Development grants to improve ports, strengthen the nation’s supply chains to meet demand resulting from the rapid economic recovery over the past year, and help ease inflationary pressures. Funding for this program will be boosted by an additional $2.25 billion through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Water Infrastructure

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan issued a letter to Governors outlining the key priorities for water investments, including targeting resources to disadvantaged communities, making rapid progress on lead-free water for all, and tackling dangerous chemicals such as PFAS.
  • EPA announced $7.4 billion in funding allocations for states to upgrade America’s aging water infrastructure, sewerage systems, pipes and service lines, and more.
  • Vice President Harris announced a Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan to replace all of the nation’s lead pipes in the next decade and expand access to clean drinking water.

High-Speed Internet

  • The Federal Communications Commission launched the Affordable Connectivity Program providing broadband subsidies of up to $30/month for low-income households (up to $75/month for households on Tribal Lands) and up to $100 towards the purchase of a desktop, laptop or tablet computer.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began accepting applications for the $1.15 billion ReConnect rural broadband program for loans and grants to state, local or territory governments, corporations, Native American Tribes and limited liability companies and cooperative organizations to help people in rural areas get access to high-speed internet, which will be boosted by the infrastructure law.
  • Vice President Harris and the Department of Commerce (DOC) announced the first and second sets of grants for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, totaling $2.4 million, which is receiving additional funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
  • The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the DOC hosted the first two in a series of  broadband listening sessions with more than 1,400 participants to inform how the Administration implements several of the historic broadband program funded by the infrastructure law.
  • The NTIA also published a request for comment seeking public input on the design and implementation of the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program, the Middle-Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program, and the Digital Equity Planning Grant Program which together will distribute more than $43 billion in broadband funding.

Clean Energy and Environmental Remediation

  • EPA announced $1 billion in funding to clean up 49 Superfund sites across 24 states to accelerate cleanup at dozens of other sites across the country, stop toxic waste from harming communities, and create good-paying jobs. 
  • DOE established the new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, which will oversee $20 billion of infrastructure funding to scale up clean energy, create new, good-paying jobs for American families and workers, and reduce pollution while benefiting underserved communities.
  • DOE launched a new Building a Better Grid initiative to accelerate the deployment of new transition lines, enabled by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. As part of this initiative, Office of Electricity at DOE released a notice of intent to inform the design and implementation of this historic investment. 
  • DOI released initial guidance for the states interested in applying for funding to cap and plug orphaned oil and gas wells that reduce methane emissions and create jobs, with 26 states expressing interest in a portion of the $4.7 billion in funding for well plugging, remediation and restoration available in infrastructure programs. 
  • DOI announced the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is extending the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund program through 2034. This extension will provide for continued funding to states and Tribes for reclaiming hazardous abandoned mines, replacing polluted water supplies, and reducing legacy pollution in coalfield communities. 
  • DOE released a request for information on deployment and demonstration opportunities for carbon reduction and removal technologies, representing $10 billion in infrastructure programs.

US Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday announced; The U.S. Army announced today the Civil Works studies, projects and programs that the Corps would implement in Fiscal Year 2022 with the $22.81 billion in supplemental funding provided in two recently enacted laws — the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act; and the 2022 Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

The snip regarding the Infrastructure law:

Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Public Law 117-58
With the $17.099 billion provided in Public Law 117-58, the Army will fund Army Civil Works studies and projects, maintain existing infrastructure, and repair damage and dredge channels in response to floods and coastal storms. Through this investment in water resources infrastructure, over $5 billion will help improve community resilience in the face of global climate change and $3.936 billion will address commercial navigation improvements at coastal ports and on the inland waterways. The Army plan funds the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration program at $1.098 billion, a historic funding level that will enable significant progress in restoring Florida’s nationally significant Everglades ecosystem.  In the coming year, the Army will engage with environmental justice communities in the development of a strategy to allocate $130 million in two pilot programs authorized in the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 that target economically disadvantaged community’s needs.

As part of this effort, the Army plan funds to completion 15 feasibility studies, the Preconstruction Engineering and Design (PED) phase of 5 projects, and 19 construction projects in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022.  Additionally, in FY 2022, 22 new projects will be funded in the Construction account.

USACE.Army.Mil. 01/19/2022.

Mitch Landrieu the Senior Adviser and Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator joined White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in yesterday’s daily press briefing. Landrieu begins speaking at the 1 minute and 34 second mark. He wraps up at the 17 minute and 43 second mark. The full transcript can be found here.

Remember when yesterday I said I was easily amused, well, today’s amusement comes from this line said yesterday…

Q: Mr. Mayor, thank you very much.  I was wondering if you could tell us what the response from some states in your old neck of the woods has been.  We’ve seen many federal programs — Obamacare, one example; other things — some red state governors have been resistant. 

Landrieu: Yeah, Jeff, thank you so much for that.  A very wise person said, you know, “Even if they vote no, they want the dough.”  (Laughter.)  And that — (laughs) — that’s absolutely true, especially on infrastructure. 

I don’t know who that wise-man was, but it made me giggle…

The above ties in with what’s happening today…

For Wednesday, January 19th, 2022, the President has received his daily brief. This afternoon he will hold a presser to mark his one-year since taking Office.

President Biden has tweeted 1 time so far for Wednesday…

I was gonna share some hot takes on the presser, you know, omg, it’s only officially the second one. But, I’m running short on time, to round them up; So this is only my opinion based on glimpsing the pearl clutching headlines.

Twice Impeached 45 was not normal, not even in the slightest bit. And aside from his abnormal hogging of the spotlight, he never answered a question at all, in fact, he spent most of his time, insulting the press.

So, what the fuck does the press want President Biden to do?

Hold daily “press conferences” where he tells them they lie, they are fake news, they suck ass cause they work for CNN?

President Biden has problems, but he is accessible not like Twice Impeached Monkey’s Ass, but like a normal boring ass President. He tweets statements, still hate them, but that’s just me…

He has a daily–mostly–holiday’s excluded–press briefing with people that actually speak for the President without the blow-jobs…

He addresses the public almost daily some months. I get it, the press wants to press the President, it’s their job…

But come on people, President Biden’s lack of press briefings, is not “bad for Biden.”

One-year in, the good, the bad, the ugly coronavirus bullshit later, and I’m still thankful it’s not…

If the measure of the Presidency is still are you better off today than last year, the answer is yes, yes I am. I’m better off, without the above narcissistic lying tweeting endlessly piece of shit in office.

President Biden’s press conference is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. D.C., time.

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