Biden Bits: Turn This Pain Into Action…

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It’s Friday.

When Biden Bits was posted for Thursday, President Biden had not tweeted. He ended up with a Thursday Tweeting Total of 4 tweets and 0 retweets.

The video clip is 3 minutes and 8 seconds long. It features a conversation with President Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, the United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, and Actress/Singer Selena Gomez where they discuss mental health.

President Biden: Thank you for all you’re doing to lift the burden off of people who have problems with their mental health-who feel lost, who are not sure what to do, and sometimes they’re ashamed to acknowledge they have anything that’s bothering them. But mental health is health.

Selena Gomez: I really do believe that we can make change, and it starts at the places where people the most time. I mean, our youth spends so much time with their friend communities, mainly at school.

President Biden: We’re, we’re focused on working on mental health and making it accessible to people having school counselors, school psychologists.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden: And they have to understand the barriers too-like language, like culture. It doesn’t what age you are, I think mental health is really a crucial issue.

United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy: You know, all of us are working on making some of the bigger policy changes that will get more counselors into schools, that will help train more people that provide mental health. That would use technology more effectively to provide care across the country. But we also want individuals to know that they have an important role to play here. It starts with people standing up, sharing their stories–whether they’re soldiers in the military, leaders like the President and First Lady. When they hear your story and the story of others, they realize, hey, I’m not alone. And that’s really the goal here–is we want people to not suffer in silence and alone, we want them to be able to get help when they need it.

Selena Gomez: I don’t take my platform lightly. I’m not perfect. I’m human. I have things that I walk through. That’s why I feel like people like me, hopefully, can be the other side of the voice and say, hey, I don’t look like I’m done up every 5 seconds. I don’t have it all put together. I have had to work through this. I’ve tried everything to escape this feeling. So why pretend that I have it all put together?

President Biden: People look at you and say, look at this talented person, and she’s telling me she had a problem? Oh, well, I guess that it’s okay–okay to ask for help.

United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy: You know, we, we are in a really special moment now where because of the pandemic, not only are unfortunately so many people in pain and suffering more, but many people are also waking up to the idea that we’ve got to take a different path in how we address mental health.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden: You know, with something as negative and horrible as the pandemic, maybe this can be a positive outcome–that the stigma can be lifted that surrounds mental health and people will be more accepting of it and try to help others.

Selena Gomez: I really hope so. I hope I can do my part and I sure know you guys are doing your part, so I thank you.

IDK–both President Biden and First Lady–thanks for everything…

President Biden: And thank you mom–she’s over there…

Selena Gomez: Yes, Mama thank you.

*end scene*

To open yesterday’s daily press briefing White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said:

And as you all saw, we announced that on Sunday the President and the First Lady will travel to Uvalde to grieve with the community that lost 21 lives in the horrific elementary school shooting.

We — we’ll have more to share as we get closer, but while he’s there, the President will meet with the community leaders, religious leaders, and the families of the victim.

The President and First Lady believe it is important to show their support for the community during this devastating time and to be there for the families of the victims.

On May 25th, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing for Steve Dettelbach to head the ATF.

Also allegedly happening on the Hill, when Congress resumes after Memorial Weekend break…

From the article:

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said Thursday that Democrats are reaching out to Republicans to see if they can find some compromise legislation to rein in gun violence in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
“We’re going to extend a hand of partnership to those who have been sitting on the sidelines, to those who have chosen to side with the gun lobby, and we’re going to offer them a seat at the table,” Sen. Murphy said at a rally on Capitol Hill.
“Today, we will be engaged in bipartisan conversations to try to find a path forward to make our streets safer, to make our schools safer. And our goal and our hope and our belief is that we can find that common ground and that we will be facilitated in finding that common ground by a popular uprising of citizens who are going to make clear that if you don’t do the right thing here, you aren’t coming back here.”


Later on the Senate floor, Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn signaled his willingness to engage in talks.

He said more information will soon come to light about the shooter and the circumstances of the attack.

“Once it does, I’m eager to see whether there are any gaps that might have done something to make this attack less likely, that might have actually even prevented this attack from taking place,” Sen. Cornyn said.

The senator pointed to his work in the past with colleagues from both sides of the aisle to pass legislation like Fix NICS and the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act.

“I’m not interested in making a political statement,” he added. “I’m not interested in the same old tired talking points. I’m actually interested in what we can do to make the terrible events that occurred in Uvalde less likely in the future.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has given senators until after the Memorial Day recess to find compromise before he calls up the House-passed legislation.

Word for Word C-SPAN. 05/26/2022.

On Wednesday, President Biden signed an Executive Order regarding police reform. The YouTube is 27 minutes and 38 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.

The tweeted video clip is 1 minute and 23 seconds long.

President Biden: This executive order is going to deliver the most significant police reform in decades. It applies directly, under law, to only 100,000 federal law enforcement officers — all the federal law enforcement officers. And though federal incentives and best practices they’re attached to, we expect the order to have significant impact on state and local law enforcement agencies as well. Here are the key parts:

President Biden: First, the executive order promotes accountability.  It creates a new national law enforcement accountability database to track records of misconduct so that an officer can’t hide the misconduct. It strengthens the pattern-and-practice investigations to address systematic [systemic] misconduct in some departments.  It mandates all federal agents wear and activate body cameras while on patrol.

President Biden: Second, the executive order raises standards, bans chokeholds, restricts no-knock warrants, tightens use-of-force policies to emphasize de-escalation and the duty to intervene to stop another officer from using executive [excessive] force, just as occurred — that didn’t occur, but people testified it didn’t occur in George Floyd’s case.

President Biden: And third, the executive order modernizes policing.  It calls for a presh [sic] — a fresh approach to recruit, train, promote, and retain law enforcement that tied to advancing public safety and public trust. Right now, we don’t systematically collect data, for instance, on instances of police use of force.  This executive order is going to improve that data collection.

For Friday, May 27th, 2022, President Biden has already done things…

President Biden has tweeted 1 time so far…

He’s headed to Delaware. I’m not sure if I will cover his Texas visit live on Sunday or not. When he went to Buffalo, the footage of his remarks and meetings with the families were released slowly, not all at one time.

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