Biden Bits: On Memorial Day…

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When Biden Bits was posted for Friday, President Biden had tweeted 1 time. He added 3 tweets giving him a Friday Tweeting Total of 4 tweets and 0 retweets.

His full statement:

This morning’s decline in inflation is a sign of progress, even as we have more work to do. The report showed annual inflation declining and average monthly core inflation at around 4% at an annual rate, down from around 6% in the three months before it. At the same time, inflation is still too high and Putin’s price hike continues to impact food and energy prices. There is more work to do and tackling inflation is my top economic priority. My plan is to give The Federal Reserve the independence it needs to do its job, lower families’ costs, and lower the federal deficit. Congressional Republicans have a different economic plan, which would increase taxes on working families and put programs like Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block every five years. That’s not the way forward to transition from what has been an historic economic recovery to stable, steady growth that works for working families.

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On Friday the Commerce Department said; Personal income increased $89.3 billion (0.4 percent) in April, according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (tables 3 and 5). Disposable personal income (DPI) increased $48.3 billion (0.3 percent) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $152.3 billion (0.9 percent). Real DPI increased less than 0.1 percent in April and Real PCE increased 0.7 percent; goods increased 1.0 percent and services increased 0.5 percent (tables 5 and 7). The PCE price index increased 0.2 percent. Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index increased 0.3 percent (table 9).

CNBC News says:

The Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge rose 4.9% in April from a year ago, a still-elevated level that nonetheless indicated that price pressures could be easing a bit, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

That increase in the core personal consumption expenditures price index was in line with expectations and reflected a slowing pace from the 5.2% reported in March. The number excludes volatile food and energy prices that have been a major contributor to inflation running around a 40-year peak.

CNBC News. 05/27/2022.

On Friday the Food and Drug Administration announced:

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing an update on additional steps it has taken that will lead to more infant formula on U.S. store shelves in the coming weeks and months.

Under the agency’s recent increased flexibilities, Bubs Australia plans to provide at least 1.25 million cans of several varieties of its infant formula such as stage 1 and 2 cans of Bubs Organic Grass Fed, Bubs Supreme A2 Beta-Casein Protein and Bubs Easy-digest Goat Milk, that will make at least 27.5 million full-size, 8-ounce bottles. Some of this product is currently in stock for transport and additional product is being produced in the coming weeks and months. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is evaluating options for getting the products to the U.S. as quickly as possible. The company has information about the products and where to find product once in the U.S. on the Aussie Bubs websiteExternal Link Disclaimer.

The FDA notified Bubs Australia that the agency is exercising enforcement discretion for the importation of certain infant formula products following the review of information provided pertaining to nutritional adequacy and safety, including microbiological testing, labeling, and additional information about facility production and inspection history.

On Tuesday and Thursday, the FDA also announced steps that will lead to tens of millions of additional bottles of infant formula, including specialty infant formula that is in short supply for infants with certain allergies or critical health conditions.

The agency is leveraging a number of flexibilities to bolster the supply of products that serve as the sole source of nutrition for many infants while ensuring the infant formula can be used safely and provides adequate nutrition. The FDA remains in further discussions with manufacturers and suppliers regarding additional supply to ensure there’s adequate infant formula available wherever and whenever parents and caregivers need it.

The FDA issued guidance on May 24 that outlined a process by which the agency would not object to the importation of certain infant formula products intended for a foreign market or distribution in the U.S. of products manufactured here for export to foreign countries. This guidance also may provide flexibilities to those who manufacture infant formula products domestically and may be able to increase further the quantity of domestically produced product for the U.S. market. The agency has posted a webpage that will be updated with information about additional products headed to the U.S.

The agency’s around-the-clock work as part of the all-of-government efforts has already begun to improve supply and availability. The agency expects that the measures and steps it is taking, and the potential for Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan, facility to safely resume production in the near-term, will mean more and more supply is on the way or on store shelves moving forward.

The FDA continues to advise against making infant formulas at home or diluting formula. Caregivers are encouraged to work with their child’s health care provider for recommendations on changing feeding practices, if needed. HHS has also released a fact sheet with information to help families find infant formula.

The agency also monitors online marketplaces for fraudulent products and works with major online retailers to remove violative and harmful products offered for sale on their sites. Additionally, since many of these fraudulent products originate overseas, the agency targets and examines these products at ports of entry. The FDA also monitors and follows up on various external signals such as consumer complaints about potential counterfeit and fraudulent products.

The FDA will continue to dedicate all available resources to help ensure that infant formula products remain available for use in the U.S. and will keep the public informed of progress updates. 05/27/2022.

On Friday, President Biden offered remarks at the United States Naval Academy’s Class of 2022 Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony. The YouTube is 25 minutes and 47 seconds long.

President Biden: Our nation is placing in you great trust and great faith.  A young we- — man with me today, carrying in town the football.  All the responsibility given to so many of you, so consequential.  Because you’ve chose — you’ve chosen the honorable path that few before you have done.

President Biden: This great academy has prepared you to face every challenge and overcome any obstacle.  You are ready.

President Biden’s Saturday Tweeting Total is 2 tweets and 0 retweets.

On Friday, The Department of Health and Human Services announced that HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra was invoking the Defense Production Act for the third time in less than a week:

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra today invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) for a third time in less than a week, moving to ensure Cargill Inc. (Cargill) can deliver the raw materials to maximize production of infant formula.

Cargill supplies dozens of different products to a wide range of infant formula manufacturers and it is critical for Cargill to fill orders from these infant formula manufacturers in full, as quickly as possible, for ingredients such as corn byproducts, sweeteners, and oils. Using DPA authorities will allow Cargill to place certain orders for infant formula manufacturers (“rated” orders) ahead of unrated orders to ensure these manufacturers are able to produce infant formula at full capacity to address the urgent marketplace shortages.

“Our mission at HHS is to ensure the health and well-being of all Americans, which includes ensuring our children are well-fed and cared for,” said Secretary Becerra. “As a dad, I know how critical it is to provide for your child. The Biden-Harris Administration will continue to pull every lever available to us to make sure we’re getting formula to kids and families that need it.”

HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) continues to monitor the health of the infant formula supply chain and meet with companies that may be able to further increase infant formula supply with the assistance of DPA authorities. Given the criticality of infant formula, as recognized by the Administration, relying on the DPA is necessary and warranted to ensure the delivery of the necessary raw materials to address the urgent infant formula marketplace shortages.

“Invoking the Defense Production Act is a targeted and timely way to quickly and efficiently increase the supply of infant formula nationwide,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dawn O’Connell. “The two DPA priority ratings we issued previously are already making a positive impact on overall production, which is why we will continue to leverage DPA when we believe it will help mitigate the current shortage.”

On May 18, President Biden issued a memorandum that delegated Defense Production Act priorities and allocations authorities to the Secretary of HHS with respect to infant formula to address the shortage in the United States. On May 22, Secretary Becerra invoked DPA to authorize manufacturers Abbott Nutrition and Mead Johnson/Reckitt to obtain raw materials and consumables needed to further accelerate production of infant formula.

In addition to invoking the Defense Production Act, the Biden-Harris Administration has completed two Operation Fly Formula flights, flying in the equivalent of 1.5 million, 8-ounce bottles of infant formula to the United States. HHS, through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is taking additional steps that will lead to more infant formula on U.S. store shelves in the coming weeks and months, including providing increased flexibilities for importation of certain formulas and a newly announced plan to import 1.25 million additional cans of formula (27.5 million, 8-ounce bottles) from Australia. 05/27/2022.

The YouTube is 29 minutes and 28 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden’s Sunday Tweeting Total is 1 tweet and 0 retweets.

Sunday, the President and First Lady traveled to Texas to meet with the families impacted by the Robb Elementary School shooting where 19 children and 2 teachers were murdered by an 18 year old male. The shooter is also deceased.

On Friday the White House posted the following fact-sheet:

The Biden-Harris Administration is using the full resources of the federal government to respond to the horrific massacres that took place at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, and at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. This fact sheet summarizes some key federal social service programs and other supports that are part of that mobilization. 

Caring for Victims

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  • The Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) funds VictimConnect, a service administered by the National Center for Victims of Crime, which provides confidential assistance to crime victims. Trained specialists are available to help locate services in the victim’s area, including mental health counseling, legal services, and more. Contact VictimConnect from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time at:
    • Phone: 855–4–VICTIM (855–484–2846)
      Dial 711 and VictimConnect staff can provide services through an interpreter in more than 200 languages, and to hearing- and speech-impaired individuals.

Providing Mental Health Resources and Other Supports: 

  • Funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) supports the Disaster Distress Helpline, a national helpline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This 24/7 toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to residents in the United States and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters, including incidents of mass violence. Call or text the hotline at 800–985–5990. Additional resources and guidance on how to address community needs after incidents of mass violence is also provided online through SAMHSA.
  • SAMHSA funding also supports the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of local crisis centers that provides 24/7, free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress anywhere in the United States. Individuals experiencing thoughts of suicide or concerned about a loved one in crisis can contact 1-800-273-TALK or text HOME to 741741 to reach a trained crisis counselor. 
  • Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) provides mental health crisis services. Crisis help is available 24 hours/7 days a week and includes prompt face-to-face crisis assessment, crisis intervention services, crisis follow-up, and relapse preventing services. The HHSC guide has information on various state-funded crisis services and organizations that can help connect people to resources. These resources can be found here.
  • The SAMHSA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) coordinates with trauma-informed experts across the country to provide technical assistance, subject matter expertise, and onsite support in the wake of community-wide trauma. 
    • In Buffalo, two NCTSN members, BestSelf Behavioral Health and Jewish Family Services, are currently coordinating the provision of culturally competent, trauma-informed counseling for local community members. BestSelf has also worked with local schools to offer counseling directly and indirectly to impacted youth. Jewish Family Services is also operating drop-in support centers in Buffalo staffed by licensed mental health professionals. Jewish Family Services is offering cultural brokers to speak with the diverse student population.
    • In Texas, Family Service Association of San Antonio, a NCTSN member in San Antonio, is providingsupport to the families and community of Uvalde. Serving Children and Adults in Need (SCAN) will offer training to teachers in Uvalde about responding to children with trauma while managing their own trauma. 
  • SAMHSA continues to support the delivery of crisis counseling services for re-traumatization and exacerbation of pandemic-related stress in Buffalo, using the COVID Crisis Counseling Assistance & Training Program statewide grant. 
  • The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services has also enabled Medicaid coverage for qualifying community-based mobile crisis services in the state, and is conducting outreach and providing technical assistance to those wishing to apply. More information about New York’s crisis response system is located here, and about Texas’s crisis services, here. For more information about Medicaid call 877-267-2323. 
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs has deployed a Mobile Vet Center to offer in-person support for all impacted community members – even if they are not veterans – in both Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas. These mobile centers are staffed by licensed clinicians and peers with expertise in trauma and readjustment counseling and with training in disaster response. The Vet Centers are available to support service members, veterans, and their families. They will also help connect community members who are not veterans to needed resources. To call the national Vet Center Call Center, dial 877-927-8387. 
  • The federal Temporary Assistance Needy Families (TANF) program supports a New York program that provides short-term help for needy men, women, and children. The program has a family assistance component and safety-net assistance for households without children. In Texas, families with children can look to the Texas TANF program for cash assistance for basic needs.
  • HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response coordinates the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) which provides a wide range of resources, information, and guidance to communities affected by tragedy.  These technical assistance resources can support local leaders in Buffalo and Uvalde as they seek to address pressing needs and challenges. For more information about the TRACIE program, call 1-844-587-2243. 
  • To find behavioral health treatment facilities, type in “Buffalo NY” or “Uvalde, TX” into the search engine at A list of providers of behavioral health will be generated. The SAMHSA National Helpline is available 24/7, 365-day-a year in English and Spanish at 1-800-662-4357. 
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are the largest systems of primary and preventive care in the U.S. To find FQHCs in the area, visit and type “Buffalo NY” or “Uvalde, TX” in the search button to see the health clinics in these communities. 
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed technical packages to help states and communities take advantage of the best available evidence to prevent violence. 
  • The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and agency Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships are working with faith and community leaders to facilitate deployments of counselors and other care-givers to Buffalo and Uvalde. Last week, the HHS Partnership Center visited Buffalo and the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is in Uvalde this week.  

Helping Students:

Securing Access to Nutritious Food:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers an array of programs aimed at securing access to nutritious food, including in Buffalo and Uvalde:

  • If you are seeking food assistance, please call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE to speak with a representative who will find food resources such as meal sites, food banks, and other social services available near your location. The Hotline operates from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM Eastern Time. You can also text to the automated service at 914-342-7744 with a question that may contain a keyword such as “food”, “summer”, or “meals” to receive an automated response to resources located near an address and/or zip code.
  • In Buffalo, two food banks are available, FeedMore WNY and Feed Buffalo. FeedMore WNY can be reached at 716-852-1305. Feed Buffalo can be reached at 716-588-0137. Uvalde residents can reach the San Antonio Food Bank  at 210-431-8326.
  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a federal program that provides nutrition benefits to low-income individuals and families that are used at stores to purchase food. New York and Texas have online purchasing as a shopping option for SNAP recipients. If you are already a SNAP recipient, please see the list of retailers in New York and Texas accepting SNAP payments online. To apply for SNAP, please contact the New York State SNAP Office or Texas State SNAP Office. For any SNAP questions, you may call the SNAP Toll-free Information Number at 1-800-221-5689.
  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk. To apply to be a WIC participant, contact your local agency to set up an appointment:

Supporting Veterans:

  • Buffalo and the greater San Antonio region are home to thousands of our nation’s veterans as well as hundreds of VA employees. The Department of Veterans Affairs operates several local facilities in Buffalo and in the greater San Antonio region. The Buffalo Regional Office provides information about VA benefits and services, as well as helps process veterans claims for assistance and support from the VA. The Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System offer comprehensive, integrated health care for veterans enrolled in VA health care. 
    • Veterans who receive care at VA may access VA Mental Health Services and/or engage with a mental health specialist at their local VA facility. 
    • Veterans, active duty service members, family members, caregivers, and survivors who need counseling support or access to other resources may visit a community-based VA Vet Center. The Buffalo Vet Centeris open Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm. There are also Vet Centers is San Antonio and Laredo, Texas. Vet Centers also offer services during non-traditional hours to include evenings and weekends. Please inquire with your local Vet Center as to availability. 
    • Veterans or those concerned about a veteran who is in distress, may contact the Veterans Crisis Line which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by phone (1-800-273-8255; Press 1); text message (838255); or online chat.
  • Veterans and employees impacted may be eligible for support through the VA. Visit for additional one-stop access to a variety of VA information and resources. Additional information is also available 24/7 through MyVA411 at 1-800-698-2411 or through TTY at 711.

Defusing Conflict and Building Community:

  • The Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS) has sent a team to Buffalo. CRS helps communities facing conflict based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. CRS facilitates dialogue, mediation, training, and consultation to assist communities to come together, develop solutions to the conflict, and enhance their capacity to independently prevent and resolve future conflict. The CRS resource center is here.

Providing Affordable Access to Broadband:

  • The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) helps ensure that households can afford the high-speed internet service that they need for work, school, healthcare and more. You can apply for this benefit here. Or, if you need to speak with someone about your eligibility for the ACP benefit or your application status, please call the ACP Support Center at (877) 384-2575.

Helping the Helpers:

  • The Department of Commerce is offering grants and cooperative agreements to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies and projects that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.
  • The Buffalo Division of Citizen Services coordinates and oversees AmeriCorps VISTA Project M.O.V.E. Buffalo. Project M.O.V.E. stands for Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experience. City government and city managers involved in the efforts to eradicate poverty and solve complex social problems in Buffalo are pooling their resources to make substantial capacity-building investments in programs serving underserved neighborhoods. The current list of AmeriCorps VISTA Project Sites are: AmeriCorps VISTA | Buffalo, NY (

Preventing Targeted Violence:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The National Counterterrorism Center offer resources to help prevent targeted violence and keep individuals and institutions safe. Here are a few of those resources:

For Monday, May 30th, 2022, President Biden has hosted a breakfast in honor of Memorial Day. This afternoon he will offer remarks in a Memorial Day address. This is after he participates in a wreath-laying ceremony.

President Biden has tweeted 1 time.

On Friday the White House posted the following Proclamation: Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day 2022

On Memorial Day, we remember the patriots who gave their lives in the service of America, in the service of freedom, and in the service of justice.  They made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our Constitution and our democracy.  We are free because they were brave, and we live by the light of the flame of liberty they kept burning.  They are all heroes, and our Nation is forever grateful.

Those who wear the uniform of the United States Armed Forces know the pride of service and what it means to dedicate themselves to a cause greater than themselves.  These women and men put their lives on the line for an idea — the idea of America. They are the best of us.  On this day, as we honor the fallen angels who consecrated this great Nation and the ideals that we stand for with their blood, we rededicate ourselves to the unending work of bringing our country ever closer to that more perfect Union for which they died.  

Today and every day, we ask God to protect our troops, to shine light perpetual upon the fallen, and to bring comfort to their families.  To those who mourn a loved one, and to America’s Gold Star Families who have lost a loved one in conflict, my heart aches for you.  Our Nation owes you and those you have lost a tremendous debt that we can never fully repay.  On Memorial Day, we vow to honor their memories and support the families, caregivers, and survivors they left behind. 

As we honor the memories of our fallen heroes, we are grateful for the future they made possible for us and rededicate ourselves to seeking enduring peace.  Our heroes gave their lives for our country, and they live forever in our hearts — forever proud, forever honorable, and forever American.

In honor and recognition of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested that the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer and reflection.  The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 30, 2022, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time when people might unite in prayer and reflection.  I urge the press, radio, television, and all other information media to cooperate in this observance.  I further ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

I request the Governors of the United States and its Commonwealths and Territories, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control.  I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

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

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Richard penned some nice thoughts on Memorial Day.

President Biden’s remarks are scheduled for 12:15 p.m. D.C., time.

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