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There are 5 days until Labor Day…
There are 6 days until President Biden holds the celebration to celebrate the Inflation Reduction Act Law…
There are 22 days until the first day of fall…

President Biden’s Public Schedule for Wednesday, August 31st 2022:

9:00 AMThe President receives the President’s Daily Briefing
Closed Press
2:45 PMIn-Town Pool Call Time
In-Town Pool
2:45 PMPress Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

Press Briefing.

President Biden had tweeted once before the post was posted. He added 8 tweets giving him a Tuesday Tweeting Total of 9 tweets and 0 retweets.

The expanded White House tweet:

The expanded Axios Tweet:

You can click the Axios link. This is from Corning:

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that it is expanding manufacturing capacity for optical cable, based on a long-term relationship with AT&T (NYSE: T), the nation’s largest fiber internet provider1 , as the carrier expands its fiber service. Corning will build a new cable manufacturing facility in Gilbert, Arizona, located in the Greater Phoenix region, adding approximately 250 jobs and extending Corning’s strategic investments in optical fiber, cable, and connectivity solutions to meet record demand.

The new facility is Corning’s latest in a series of investments in fiber and cable manufacturing totaling more than $500 million since 2020. These investments, supported by customer commitments, nearly double Corning’s ability to serve the U.S. cable market and connect more people and communities. Public and private investments in broadband, 5G, and the cloud are accelerating a large, multi-year wave of growth for fiber-based networks – and Corning, as the world leader in passive optical communications, is uniquely positioned to support these network builds.

The Arizona facility, expected to open in 2024, will be the industry’s western-most U.S. manufacturing site for optical cable – allowing Corning to serve growing demand in the western U.S. and Canada. 08/30/2022.

1 Based on the number of fiber to the home households using publicly available data.

First says:

  • Announces plan to invest up to $1 billion in new, 3.5 GWDC manufacturing facility in the US Southeast
  • Existing Northwest Ohio footprint to be expanded by 0.9 GWDC with $185 million upgrade
  • Expects to have over 3,000 direct employees in four states, while supporting an estimated 15,000 indirect and induced jobs by 2025

First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that it plans to invest up to $1.2 billion in scaling production of American-made, responsibly-produced photovoltaic (PV) solar modules, directly supporting the country’s transition to a decarbonized future and enabling the fight against climate change. The investment is forecast to expand the company’s ability to produce American-made solar modules for the US solar market to over 10 gigawatts (GW)DC by 2025.

As part of its push to scale US production of solar modules, the company intends to build its fourth, fully vertically integrated domestic factory, with an annual capacity of 3.5 GWDC, in the US Southeast. First Solar, the only US-headquartered company among the world’s ten largest solar manufacturers, expects to invest up to $1 billion in the new factory, which, contingent upon permitting and pending approval of various federal, state, regional, and local incentives, is expected to commence operations in 2025.

Additionally, the company will invest $185 million in upgrading and expanding its Northwest Ohio manufacturing footprint, currently the largest vertically-integrated complex of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, by 0.9 GWDC. As part of its plans, First Solar will invest in expanding the capacity of its two operating facilities in Perrysburg and Lake Township, Ohio, by 0.6 GWDC to 3.6 GWDC of annual Series 6 module capacity. The company will also expand its third Ohio factory, expected to be commissioned in the first half of 2023, to 3.5 GWDC of annual Series 7 module capacity. The expansion will increase First Solar’s total investment in its Ohio manufacturing facilities to over $3 billion, with a cumulative annual production capacity of over 7 GWDC by 2025.

First Solar estimates that the new investment will add at least 850 new manufacturing jobs, taking its total number of direct jobs in the US to over 3,000 people in four states by 2025, which is believed to make it the largest employer in the American solar manufacturing sector. By 2025, First Solar is also expected to support an estimated 15,000 indirect and induced jobs1 as a result of its ongoing and future manufacturing operations.

“In passing the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration has entrusted our industry with the responsibility of enabling America’s clean energy future and we must meet the moment in a manner that is both timely and sustainable,” said Mark Widmar, chief executive officer, First Solar. “This investment is an important step towards achieving self-sufficiency in solar technology, which, in turn, supports America’s energy security ambitions, its deployment of solar at scale, and its ability to lead with innovation. We are proud of the fact that our manufacturing presence in the US is expected to directly and indirectly support over 18,000 jobs across the country by 2025, while our manufacturing investment will add an estimated $3.2 billion2 in value to the US economy, reflecting the impact of solar manufacturing on our country. We are investing in America’s future.”

Investor.First 08/30/2022.

1 Assuming five workers added in the overall US economy for every one manufacturing job (Source: National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), using 2020 IMPLAN data)

2 Assuming economic impact multiplier of $2.68 per $1.00 spent on manufacturing (Source: NAM, using 2020 IMPLAN data)

President Biden: There’s good news this morning, two companies, in the United States, Corning and the largest solar panel manufacturer, First Solar, announced this morning that they’re investing billions of dollars in the United States, hiring American employees. They say the reason they’re making this investment is because of the laws my administration–our Administration has passed. They’re creating new manufacturing jobs here at home, hiring Americans. And Corning is going to create jobs [estimated 250] making internet cables to ensure that everyone has access to high-speed internet, working with *AT&T. First Solar, the largest solar manufacturer–solar company in the United States, is going to invest $1.2 billion in solar panels made here at home, creating clean energy jobs, hiring an American workforce to help the [I hear “with the”, but that might be just me] climate crisis, getting it under control. Jobs that don’t require a college degree. That’s because of our economic plan. We’re building from the bottom up and the middle out. And we’re making real progress.

Reminder: Friday is Jobs Report Friday

*AT&T is my cell provider*

The YouTube is 41 minutes and 3 seconds long. President Biden begins his remarks at the 6 minute 28 second mark. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden: (11:36) But for too long, too many families haven’t had that peace of mind.  They watch the news and they see kids being gunned down in schools and on the streets.  Almost every single night you turn the news on, that’s what you see. They see their neighbors lose their loved ones to drugs like fentanyl, which is a flat killer. They see hate and anger and violence just walking the streets of America, and they just want to feel safe again.  They want to feel a sense of security.  And that’s what my crime plan is all about. You know, I call it the Safer America Plan, and both your members of Congress voted for it.  It’s based on a simple notion: When it comes to public safety in this nation, the answer is not “defund the police,” it’s “fund the police.”  (Applause.)  Fund the police.

President Biden: (23:14) But we’re not stopping here.  I’m determined to ban assault weapons in this country.  (Applause.)  Determined.  I did it once before, and I’ll do it again. 

President Biden: (21:44) My plan also takes commonsense action to reduce gun violence and violence overall.  It builds on the progress we made this summer when I signed into law the bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the most significant gun safety law we passed in 30 years.  It took 30 years.  (Applause.) And we beat the NRA.  (Applause.)  We took them on, and we beat the NRA straight up.  (Applause.)  You have no idea how intimidating they are to elected officials.  The NRA was against it, which means the vast majority — the vast majority of Republicans in Congress couldn’t even stand up and vote for it because they’re afraid of the NRA. It’s not unusual.  Every Democrat, Republican, senators — they get afraid of certain interest groups. They voted against it. Law enforcement supported it.  Faith leaders and teachers supported it.  Victims of gun violence and their families supported it.  Young people in this country, like the students of the great — this great university, support it. And the NRA and the vast majority of congressional Republicans voted against it — saving lives and keeping America safe.  

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act:

06/25/2022Became Public Law No: 117-159.
06/25/2022Signed by President.
06/24/2022Presented to President.
06/24/2022Resolving differences — House actions: On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendments to the House amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 193 (Roll no. 299).
06/23/2022Resolving differences — Senate actions: Senate concurred in the House amendment to S. 2938 with an amendment SA (5099), and an amendment to the title by Yea-Nay Vote. 65 – 33. Record Vote Number: 242.
05/18/2022Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 230 – 190, 1 Present (Roll no. 212).
03/30/2022Failed of passage/not agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 238 – 187, 1 Present (Roll no. 95).(text: CR H3992)
12/09/2021Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S9085; text: CR S9085)
12/01/2021Committee on Environment and Public Works. Reported by Senator Carper without amendment. Without written report.
10/05/2021Introduced in Senate

The House vote:


Senate Vote:

President Biden: (36:58) Look, you’re either on the side of a mob or the side of the police.  You can’t be pro-law enforcement and pro-insurrection.  (Applause.)  You can’t be a party of law and order and call the people who attacked the police on January 6th “patriots.”  You can’t do it.  (Applause.)

President Biden: (38:10) Look, there’s no greater responsibility for government than ensuring the safety of our people.  Every parent should be able to know when they — the kid leaves home to go to school or just walk the street they’re going to come home safely. 

We got 3 tweets so far for Hump Day…

President Biden: (13:36) Matt gets it — Matt Cartwright.  And I’m not just — this is not hyperbole.  Matt is the chair of the powerful subcommittee that controls the funding for public safety.  He knows what it means, investing in effective and accountable community policing that builds public trust and strengthens public safety.

President Biden: (16:12) Without that, victims don’t call for help, witnesses don’t step forward, crimes go unsolved, justice isn’t served.

President Biden: (20:47) One, no federal officer is allowed to use a chokehold.  No federal officer can restrict — there’s restricted no-knock warrants.  We created a national database for officers who have misbehaved and been held accountable so they can’t hide.  My plan will help make sure that state and local governments adopt these same reforms. 

See above…

The Safer America Plan was posted to White, on August 1st 2022.


President Biden knows what works to make our communities safer: investing in community policing andcrime prevention. We need to fund police who walk the beat, know the neighborhood, are accountable to those they are sworn to serve, and build community trust and safety. We need to invest in mental health and substance use treatment services, crisis responders, and social workers to reduce the burden on police officers, connect people with community resources, and prevent violent crime. We need to expand community violence interventions – led by trusted messengers breaking the cycle of violence and trauma. We need to enforce our commonsense gun laws, require background checks for all gun sales in order to keep firearms out of the hands of felons and domestic abusers, and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines – weapons of war that have no place in our communities.

President Biden has taken action to make our communities safer during his first 18 months in office. He has funded the police and issued an Executive Order to improve police accountability. President Biden has taken more executive action to tackle gun violence than any other president at this point in their Administration, including by reining in the proliferation of ghost guns and cracking down on gun traffickers and rogue gun dealers. President Biden is the first president in nearly 30 years to bring together Members of Congress from both parties to take action on gun violence, signing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The President also secured Senate confirmation of career prosecutor Steve Dettelbach to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), empowering this law enforcement agency with its first confirmed leader since 2015. And, the President has made unprecedented investments in community-led crime prevention and intervention.

The President believes we can and must do more to reduce crime and save lives. On July 21, President Biden announced his Safer America Plan to build on the progress he has made to reduce gun violence.

Today, the President is providing greater details regarding the Safer America Plan. President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget requests a fully paid-for new investment of approximately $35 billion to support law enforcement and crime prevention – in addition to the President’s $2 billion discretionary request for these same programs. The Safer America Plan details how this $37 billion will be used to save lives and make communities safer.

White 08/01/2022.

Specifically, the Plan:

  1. Funds the police and promotes effective prosecution of crimes affecting families today, including by funding 100,000 additional police officers who will be recruited, trained, hired, and supervised consistent with the standards in the President’s Executive Order to advance effective, accountable community policing in order to enhance trust and public safety;
  2. Invests in crime prevention and a fairer criminal justice system, including by investing $20 billion in services that address the causes of crime and reduce the burdens on police so they can focus on violent crime, and by incentivizing the reform of laws that increase incarceration without redressing public safety;
  3. Takes additional commonsense steps on guns to keep dangerous firearms out of dangerous hands, including by calling on Congress to require background checks for all gun sales and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

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