Biden Bits: The PACT Act is…

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When Biden Bits was posted for Wednesday, President Biden had tweeted 2 times and retweeted 1 time. He added 9 tweets giving him a Wednesday Tweeting Total of 11 tweets and 1 retweet.

The YouTube 23 minutes and 26 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden: This is the most significant law our nation has ever passed to help millions of veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their military services. 

President Biden: As a nation, we have many obligations — and I’ve been saying this for a long, long time.  We have many obligations but only one truly sacred obligation: to equip those we send into harm’s way and to care for them and their families when they come home.  That’s a sa- — we have a lot of obligations, but that’s a truly sacred obligation we have. Today — (applause) — and today, we are one step closer to fulfilling that sacred obligation with the bill I’m about to sign into law.

Semi-related to his remarks:

President Biden: Danielle, when you were here for the State of the Union, I had hoped you’d be back to sign this — for this bill signing.  It turns out that’s working.  And, Mom, I remember how strongly supportive you were of this from the very beginning, all the way back when I met you at a book signing a long time ago. And I’m just in awe of your family’s courage. I really mean that.  You know, through the pain, you found purpose to demand that we do better for — as a nation.  And today, we are.

I did some looking around the websphere for information on Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson who passed away in May of 2020 at the age of 39.

I found his wife, Danielle Robinson’s words from Warfighter.com:

Snips:

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On March 21, 2017, we were sitting in an exam room at the Zangmeister Cancer Center in Columbus, OH awaiting the results of his biopsy. With tears in his eyes the doctor walked in exclaiming, “WHAT THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN EXPOSED TO?” before explaining that Heath was suffering from an extremely rare form of stage 4 adenocarcinoma lung cancer that could’ve only been caused by prolonged exposure to toxic substances. The prognosis was worse than devastating. 20 fellow oncologists and researchers from around the country were consulted with in an effort to find the best course of treatment and nobody came up with an answer. We were told that because Heath’s cancer was so rare there are no clinical studies on which treatments work best. Oncologists don’t see this type of lung cancer because we don’t make a habit of exposing ourselves to dangerous, potent toxins. I had to hold Heath up from collapsing to the floor as we learned if they weren’t able to find a treatment that would prolong his life, he most likely had only about 6 weeks to live. Needless to say, we both were in total shock and had the horrific experience of having to explain this to our families and loved ones.

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For three years my life was so overloaded with stress that I had to have my mother, who lives 135 miles away, move in with us to help. I had to carry the load with little time to think about and care for my own well-being resulting in me being prescribed anti-anxiety medications. The overwhelming stress was so severe I couldn’t sleep and when I did it caused me to grind my teeth which ended up locking my jaw for a while. Many days I felt like a walking zombie going through the day after not sleeping all night. I had heart palpitations and ringing in my ears. There were periods of time where I went 2 or 3 days without any sleep or only a couple hours total. I was depressed and fatigued daily, struggling to muster the strength to carry on. One day I collapsed on the floor in total physical and emotional exhaustion. Brielle came rushing to my side, trying to help me. No matter how hard my mom and I tried, we couldn’t shield Brielle from bearing witness to how sick her daddy was, all the blood, vomit, whatever mucous and tissue he chronically coughed up and how emotionally distraught and scared her mommy was. I doubt anyone but my mom could ever picture how painful this experience was for my daughter and I, especially for Heath.

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Once a Hospice nurse arrived, he noticed that the oxygen concentrator Heath had been provided by the VA and had been using for months wasn’t actually that good for him so they immediately ordered one with a humidifier. He begged me to have him put in a coma, overdose him, anything to end his suffering, obviously unreasonable requests. It was a short couple days on home hospice. During those days I had to be the one to administer his meds every hour for 48 hours. He was slowly suffocating as the tumors were cutting off his airway. For his final 12 hours alive he fought valiantly to stay alive, gasping for breath, wanting to sit up so he could breathe better. He became anxious if I wasn’t near him so for 7 hours straight, I sat on our living room floor holding him in my arms, comforting him as he tried not to die. I refused to eat or drink anything because I didn’t want to have to leave him even for a couple minutes to use the bathroom. Due to the unfortunate luck of having one incompetent Hospice nurse, I had to pretty much take the lead with his care, transferring him from the floor to the bed because he became unconscious about an hour before he passed away. I sat by his side, holding his hand, rubbing his shoulders and arms, and spoke softly in his ear until he took his last breath around 8:30 am on May 6th, 2020.

Warfighter.com.

Her mother would take up the fight to save and help other families like hers according to the Sandusky Register.com [may 6th 2020]; While an active-duty service member, Robinson couldn’t speak out against burn pits for fear of retaliation. But his mother-in-law, Sandusky resident Susan Zeier, did. For more than three years, Zeier has lobbied Congress. She’s asked representatives and senators to create legislation that would track and treat veterans suffering from illness related to toxic exposure.

They quote her as saying at the time; Why wouldn’t we be out here fighting for these soldiers who have fought for us. I feel it’s my duty now to serve them. But this has been so, so frustrating.

Susan Zeier’s Twitter account:

It took us too long to get this bill passed, and after reading Danielle and Heath’s story, I’m more livid at the stunt Republicans pulled to block the passage of the bill, than I was at the time they blocked it. I didn’t think it was possible, but alas…

I found this…

CNN said on the 2nd of August: Congressional Democrats’ climate and health care package is getting a boost from a group of top economists, who wrote in a new letter that the so-called Inflation Reduction Act will lower prices for American consumers amid high inflation. “This historic legislation makes crucial investments in energy, health care, and in shoring up the nation’s tax system. These investments will fight inflation and lower costs for American families while setting the stage for strong, stable, and broadly-shared long-term economic growth,” 126 economists said in a letter sent to congressional leadership Tuesday, which was first obtained by CNN.

August 4th 2022, President Biden hosted a Roundtable on the Inflation Reduction Act. The YouTube is 36 minutes long. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden: Let me be clear: Despite what some folks are saying, the Inflation Reduction Act makes sure that no one earning less than $400,000 will pay a penny more in federal taxes, notwithstanding all these ads you see on television. But don’t take my word for it.  Nearly 130 economists, 7 Nobel laureates in economics, former — former Treasury Secretaries, the Federal Reserve Vice Chair, former director of the Congressional Budget Office wrote that this bill will, quote, “fight inflation and lower costs for American families while setting the stage for strong, stable, and broadly-shared long-term economic growth.”  End of quote.

On August 8th, President Biden traveled to Kentucky to survey the flood damage and meet with families impacted by the horrible flooding. The YouTube is 16 minutes and 20 seconds long. The White House has still not posted his remarks from part of his visit. President Biden begins his short remarks at the 12 minute and 25 second mark.

President Biden: (12:25) I got to meet several families–I got to meet the family back here on this side of the road you see what’s happened to their properties, their trailer everything they had, and how they’ve come together. No complaining, just getting up and going to get it done. I walked across the road to another family…

President Biden: (12:56) When I started talking about what we could do, he said, ‘well, you know, we Kentuckians don’t want to ask for too much.’ Catch this: ‘we don’t want to ask for too much, we’re used to having neighbors help us out.’

President Biden: (13:23) It is true that the people here in this community.

President Biden: (13:31) They’re not just Kentuckians, they’re Americans.

President Biden: (13:53) And I promise you, we’re staying, the federal government, along with the state and county and city, and we’re staying until everybody is back to where they were.

WLKY reported yesterday that following the death of a teen, who was aiding clean-up, the death toll now stands at 38 people.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that the death toll in eastern Kentucky is now up to 38.

Beshear said the latest victim was Knott County Central High School student Aaron Crawford. According to the governor, Crawford died while helping the cleanup efforts in eastern Kentucky.

WLKY.com. 08/10/2022.

Aaron Crawford became ill while assisting with clean-up efforts and later died at the hospital. No cause of death was given.

President Biden opened yesterday’s PACT Act remarks by saying:

Before I begin today, I want to say a word about the news that came out today relative to the economy.  Actually, I just want to say a number: zero.

Today, we received news that our economy had zero percent inflation in the month of July.  Zero percent.
Here’s what that means: While the price of some things go up — went up last month, the price of other things went down by the same amount.  The result: zero inflation last month.  But people are hurting.  But zero inflation last month.

Economists look at a measure of inflation that ignores food and energy prices, and they call it “core inflation.”  That’s about the lowest amount in several years — several months.

When you couple that with last week’s booming jobs report of 528,000 jobs created last month and 3.5 percent unemployment, it underscores the kind of economy we’ve been building.

We’re seeing a stronger labor market where jobs are booming and Americans are working.  And we’re seeing some signs that inflation may be beginning to moderate.

That’s what happens when you build an economy from the bottom up and the middle out.  The wealthy do very well, and everyone has a chance.  It gives everyone a chance to make progress.

Now, I want to be clear: With the global challenges we face from the war in Europe to disruption of supply chains and pandemic shutdowns in Asia, we — we could face additional headwinds in the months ahead.  Our work is far from over. 

But two things should be clear.  First, the economic plan is working.  And second, it’s building an economy that will reward work –- wages are up this month — provide opportunity, help the middle class. 

And still have work to do, but we’re on track.

The second point I want to make is we need to pass the Inflation Reduction Act right away.  That’s the most consequential thing that Congress can do to keep our progress from — on inflation from — from getting better — from getting worse — keep it moving in the right direction.

And it will bring down the cost of prescription drugs, health insurance premiums, and energy costs.  It’s going to make big corporations just pay their fair share — nothing more than their fair share.  It’s going to reduce the deficit without raising a penny in taxes on people making under $400,000 a year.

But it’s far from done in our effort to bring inflation down, but we’re moving in the right direction.

So, some good economic news today and some work ahead.

White House.gov. 08/10/2022.

President Biden’s Public Schedule for Thursday, August 11th 2022:

Official ScheduleThe President has no public events scheduled.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SCOut-of-Town Pool
10:00 AMOut-of-Town Pool Call Time
Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SCOut-of-Town Pool

I’m sorry for running so far behind today. Life, she happens, and sometimes, it’s happening faster than we’d like. LOL.

Anyhoo, the President has tweeted 2 times so far for Thursday…

On Tuesday, President Biden signed into law the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. The YouTube is 44 minutes long. His full remarks can be found here. His current two tweets focus on those remarks…

President Biden: And, as we saw during the pandemic, when factories that make these chips shut down, the global economy comes to a screeching halt, driving up costs for families and everyone — not just here, but around the world.

President Biden: And there’s an analysis that says investment in the CHIPS and Science Act will create 1 million — more than 1 million construction jobs alone over the next six years building semiconductor factories in America.

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