Biden Bits: It Never Has Been…

Biden Tweets Logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

It’s Monday.

When Biden Bits was posted for Friday, President Biden had tweeted 2 times. He added 5 tweets giving him a Friday Tweeting Total of 7 tweets and 0 retweets.

Since Saturday and Sunday happened between Friday’s Tweets and Monday’s thread…

His Saturday Tweeting Total is 3 tweets and 0 retweets.
His Sunday Tweeting Total is 3 tweets and 0 retweets.

The YouTube is 19 minutes and 18 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here. The fact-sheet can be found here. The Executive Order can be found here. The Supreme Courts decision to overturn Roe and Casey can be found here.

President Biden: I know it’s frustrating and it made a lot of people very angry.  But the truth is this — and it’s not just me saying it; it’s what the Court said: When you read the decision, the Court has made clear it will not protect the rights of women.  Period.  Period.

President Biden: And now my Republican friends are talking about getting the Congress to pass a national ban.  The extreme positions that they’re taking in some of these states.  That will mean the right to choose will be illegal nationwide if, in fact, they succeed.  Let me tell you something: As long as I’m President, it won’t happen, because I’ll veto it.  

President Biden: Marriage equality, contraception, and so much more is at risk.  This decision affects everyone — unrelated to choice — beyond choice.  We cannot allow an out-of-control Supreme Court, working in conjunction with the extremist elements of the Republican Party, to take away freedoms and our personal autonomy. 

A Tweet From Saturday…

Similar remark to tweet text:

President Biden: The choice we face as a nation is between the mainstream and the extreme, between moving forward and moving backwards, between allowing politicians to enter the most personal parts of our lives and protecting the right to privacy — yes, yes — embedded in our Constitution.

President Biden: Let’s be clear about something from the very start.  This was not a decision driven by the Constitution.  Let me say it again: This was not a decision driven by the Constitution.  And despite what those justices in the majority said, this was not a decision driven by history.

His Other Saturday Tweets…

Their full statement:

Jill and I send our warmest greetings to Muslims across the United States and around the world celebrating Eid al-Adha. The Eid traditions and Hajj rituals that commemorate the devotion of Abraham and his son to God are an opportunity for Muslims to renew their faith, and a reminder of the common roots of the world’s great Abrahamic religions. And the act of sharing the sacrifice with those less fortunate in service of God mirrors our common commitment to work together to meet the challenges of our world today.

While COVID-19 restrictions remain, Muslims draped in white will be able to gather from around the world for the first time in two years to perform the Hajj. It’s a symbol of the progress we have made in fighting this pandemic and of all work we must still do to strengthen our recovery. Let us all take this opportunity to renew our shared commitment to work for peace, care for the vulnerable, and pursue greater equality and opportunity for all people.

Here in the United States, Muslim Americans are leading on the frontlines, together with members of all faith communities, to assist those suffering from hunger and conflict, at home and abroad. To all those celebrating, Jill and I wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday filled with community, celebration, compassion, and service. Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabroor! 

White House.gov. 07/09/2022.

The above celebration was not listed on his public schedule. Based on the below YouTube live feed, it seems the celebration will take/took place at 11:00 a.m. D.C., time.

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (S.2938) Summary:

This bill designates (1) the Federal Building and United States Courthouse located at 111 North Adams Street in Tallahassee, Florida, as the Joseph Woodrow Hatchett United States Courthouse and Federal Building; and (2) the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 120 4th Street in Petaluma, California, as the Lynn C. Woolsey Post Office Building.

Congress.gov.

The summary is not helpful to the firearm portion of the bill that can be found here (it starts on PDF pg. 2). President Biden signed the bill into law on June 25th, 2022, his transcribed remarks can be found here.

Monday morning the White House the following fact-sheet; The Biden Administration’s 21 Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

President Biden has made historic progress on actions to reduce gun violence. To implement his comprehensive strategy to reduce gun crime, the Biden Administrationhas taken more executive action to reduce gun violence than any other president’s at this point in their Administration. Today, the President is celebrating the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the most significant gun violence reduction legislation to pass Congress in 30 years.

The Biden Administration will continue to use all of the tools at its disposal to address the epidemic of gun violence. The President’s FY 2023 budget proposes $32 billion in additional funding to fight crime, including $20.6 billion in discretionary funding for federal law enforcement and state and local law enforcement and crime prevention programs, an increase of 11% over FY22 enacted ($18.6 billion) and 18% over FY21 enacted ($17.5 billion). 

But there is so much more that can and must be done to save lives. The President will continue to urge Congress to take further legislative action to keep dangerous guns out of dangerous hands, including a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, strengthening background checks, and enacting safe storage laws.

Below are 21 ways the Biden Administration has already used executive action to make our communities safer:

White House.gov. 07/11/2022.

Keeping Especially Dangerous Weapons and Repeat Shooters Off Our Streets

1. The Justice Department issued a final rule to rein in the proliferation of ghost guns, which are unserialized, privately made firearms that are increasingly being recovered at crime scenes.

2. The Attorney General directed every U.S. Attorney’s Office nationwide to increase resources dedicated to district specific violent crime strategies. 

3. The Justice Department issued a proposed rule to better regulate when devices marketed as firearm stabilizing braces effectively turn pistols into short-barreled rifles subject to the National Firearms Act.

Keeping Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

4. The Justice Department published model extreme risk protection order legislation to make it easier for states that want to adopt these red flag laws to do so. 

5. The Justice Department issued the first volume of its new, comprehensive report on firearms commerce and trafficking.

6. The Justice Department announced a new policy to underscore zero tolerance for willful violations of the law by federally licensed firearms dealers that put public safety at risk.

7. The Justice Department launched five new law enforcement strike forces focused on addressing significant firearms trafficking corridors that have diverted guns to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and Washington, D.C. 

8. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new paid media campaign featuring a series of public service announcements to reinforce the key message that a simple gun lock can save lives. 

9. The Departments of Defense (DOD), Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security (DHS), Justice (DOJ), and Veterans Affairs (VA), as well as the Office of Emergency Medical Services within the Department of Transportation (DOT), announced that they will jointly create a plan for addressing lethal means safety awareness, education, training, and program evaluation. 

10. ATF issued a final rule clarifying firearms dealers’ statutory obligations to make available for purchase compatible secure gun storage or safety devices. 

Making Additional Progress to Reduce Community Violence

11. The President called for cities and states to use American Rescue Plan funding to reduce gun crime and other violent crime, including by investing in community violence interventions and prevention. Through May 2022, $10 billion in American Rescue Plan funds had been committed to public safety and violence prevention – including at least $6.5 billion in State and Local funds committed by more than half of states and more than 300 communities across the country

12. Five federal agencies made changes to 26 different programs to direct vital support to community violence intervention programs as quickly as possible. For example

• The National Institutes of Health announced funding through its Firearm Injury and Mortality Prevention Research grants for four community violence programs – including a place-based strategy involving repurposing vacant lots in Detroit, an evaluation of READI Chicago, a burnout prevention program for violence interrupters in Chicago, and a hospital-based violence intervention program focused on youth in Virginia. 

• The Justice Department announced $187 million for states and $85 million for localities through the Byrne JAG Program to support coordinated violence prevention and intervention; the Department explicitly encouraged the use of these funds for CVI. 

• The Department of Housing and Urban Development published a guide explaining to localities how Community Development Block Grants – a $3.4 billion annual funding stream –can be used to fund CVI strategies. 

• The Department of Education released a letter to state school associations on how 21st Century Learning Centers funds and Student Support and Academic enrichment programs – both billion-dollar formula grant funding streams – can be used to fund CVI strategies in schools.

13. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hosted a webinar and published information to educate states on how they can use Medicaid to reimburse certain community violence intervention programs, like Hospital-Based Violence Interventions. Last year, Connecticut and Illinois enacted legislation that allows Medicaid to reimburse providers for hospital-based violence prevention services – the first two states in the country to pursue this approach. According to reporting by USA Today, “[t]he idea has been in the works for years, advocates say, but not until the Biden administration signaled that states could – and should – use Medicaid dollars to support these violence prevention programs have state lawmakers stepped up.”

14.  Senior White House staff established The White House Community Violence Intervention Collaborative, a 16-jurisdiction cohort of mayors, law enforcement, CVI experts, and philanthropic leaders committed to using American Rescue Plan funding or other public funding to increase investment in their community violence intervention infrastructure. 

Providing Law Enforcement with the Tools and Resources They Need to Reduce Gun Violence

15. The Justice Department announced $139 million in grants to local law enforcement that will put over 1,000 police officers on the beat through the COPS Office Hiring Program.

16. The Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) expanded the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP). 

Addressing the Root Causes of Gun Violence

17. The Department of Labor awarded $89 million through its YouthBuild program to provide pre-apprenticeship opportunities for young people ages 16-24.

18. The Department of Labor awarded $20 million through its Workforce Pathways for Youth program to expand workforce development activities that serve youth ages 14-21 during “out of school” time (non-school hours).

19. The Department of Labor awarded $85.5 million to help formerly incarcerated adults and young people in 28 communities transition out of the criminal justice system and connect with quality jobs.

20. The Department of Labor awarded $25.5 million in Young Adult Reentry Partnership grants to organizations that will help provide education and training services to young adults between 18-24 who were previously involved with the justice system or who left high school before graduation. 

21. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, awarded nearly $1 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) supplemental funding to support services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children.

Just so it’s clear, the above our actions the Admin has taken, not new actions.

Sunday’s Tweets

On July 7th, 2022, President Biden awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to seventeen recipients. The YouTube is 51 minutes and 34 seconds long. The White House still has not posted a transcription of his remarks.

The tweeted out video snip is 48 seconds long.

President Biden: An extraordinary, extraordinary group of Americans up here on this stage that I have the honor to recognize today with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Our nation’s highest civilian award. We, the people doing what we can to ensure the idea of America, the cause of freedom, shines like the sun to light up the future of the world. That’s the soul of our nation. That’s who we are as Americans. Please congratulate this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients.

On Wednesday, July 6th, 2022, President Biden offered remarks on the; American Rescue Plan’s Special Financial Assistance Program for Cleveland, OH. The YouTube is 35 minutes and 44 seconds long.

President Biden: I campaigned to restore the backbone of this country — the middle class and unions — because I know this: The middle class built American unions, built the middle class today.  I’m keeping the promise — one of the most significant achievement union workers and retirees have received in over 50 years.  And that’s not hyperbole.  (Applause.)

Sunday moring, AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) announced the passing of former AFSCME President Jerry McEntee. McEntee was 87 years-old.

President Biden’s Public Schedule for Monday, July 11th, 2022:

9:00 AMThe President receives the President’s Daily Brief
Closed Press
10:30 AMIn-Town Pool Call Time by 8:00 am]
South LawnOpen Press [RSVP here by 8:00 AM]
3:45 PMPress Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
5:00 PMThe President and The Vice President receive a briefing from National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials and preview the first images from the Webb Space Telescope — the highest-resolution images of the infrared universe ever captured by 9:00 am]
South Court AuditoriumPre-Credentialed Media [RSVP here by 9:00 AM]

President Biden has tweeted…

President Biden has tweeted 2 times so far for Monday.

The 1 minute and 29 second video clip was taken either before or after his remarks from Cleveland, OH. The title of the video is; Union Workers share with President Biden how the American Rescue Plan saved their pension.

Before the title is shown on the video clip Paul Ed Moore speaks with President Biden: I never made over $40,000 but twice in my whole career. It all went into my pension because I wanted to retire–and enjoy myself. They mailed us a letter and they were just going to let our pension rot. So I lost $22,000 of my pension.

Rita Lewis: (25 second mark): Forty-nine days after you took the office, you penned into legislation the American Rescue Plan Act, and you saved our pensions. And now that this bill is passed knowing that 10.1 million people’s pensions are saved. [President Biden breaks in with “that’s right”] for 30 years.

Kenneth Stribling: (40 second mark) I want to thank you so much for everything you have done for tens of millions of people when you signed that American Rescue Plan.

President Biden: By the way we fought like hell for it, but you were fighting for it here.

Kenneth Stribling: I was fighting.

President Biden: And you did it.

Kenneth Stribling: I was part of that grassroots movement.

Rita Lewis: (53 second mark) We didn’t have to take any cuts. They were restored. My husband is supporting me in death. He has been taking care of me everyday since he passed. I don’t have to spend one red cent of my money and that’s to the union pension and that’s to you saving our pensions, President.

President Biden: You deserve that and a lot more.

It cuts away at the 1 minute and 9 second mark to his remarks:

President Biden: Losing a big part of your income late in life, that’s a scar, though, that doesn’t heal. Well, not this time. With today’s actions, millions of workers will have the dignified retirement they earned and they deserve.

The probably not live anymore feed is posted above.

The daily press briefing is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. D.C., time.

The James Webb Telescope Images Briefing is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. D.C., time.

This is an Open Thread.

Programming alert: Tomorrow’s Jan 6th hearing start time has been changed from ten eastern to 1:00 p.m. D.C., time.

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