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President Biden’s Public Schedule for Thursday, September 1st 2022:
|9:00 AM||The President receives the President’s Daily Briefing|
The White HouseClosed Press
|2:00 PM||In-Town Pool Call Time|
The White HouseIn-Town Pool
|2:00 PM||Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre|
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
|4:40 PM||Out-of-Town Pool Call Time|
Joint Base Andrews OverhangOut-of-Town Pool
|5:50 PM||The President and The First Lady depart the White House en route Joint Base Andrews|
South LawnOpen Press
|6:10 PM||The President and The First Lady depart Joint Base Andrews en route Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
Joint Base AndrewsOut-of-Town Pool
|6:50 PM||The President and The First Lady arrive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
Philadelphia International AirportOpen Press
|8:00 PM||The President delivers a primetime speech on the continued battle for the Soul of the Nation|
Independence National Historical Park, PhiladelphiaOpen Press
|9:25 PM||The President and The First Lady depart Philadelphia, Pennsylvania en route Joint Base Andrews|
Philadelphia International AirportOpen Press
|10:10 PM||The President and The First Lady arrive at Joint Base Andrews|
Joint Base AndrewsOut-of-Town Pool
|10:30 PM||The President and The First Lady arrive at the White House|
South Lawn Open Press
President Biden had tweeted 3 times before the post was posted. He added 3 tweets giving him a Wednesday Tweeting Total of 6 tweets and 0 retweets.
Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that an emergency exists in the State of Mississippi and ordered Federal assistance to supplement the state’s response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a water crisis beginning on August 30, 2022, and continuing.
The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in Hinds County.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding for a period of 90 days.
Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Allan Jarvis as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR FEMA-NEWS-DESK@FEMA.DHS.GOV.White House.gov. 08/30/2022.
The above is a six minute clip. The clip below is a snip taken from the same interview.
Republican Governor of Mississippi Tate Reeves issued a State of Emergency on Wednesday:
Governor Tate Reeves has issued a State of Emergency regarding the ongoing Jackson running water crisis stemming from the failures of the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant.Mailchi.mp. 08/30/2022.
Additionally, Governor Reeves has activated the Mississippi National Guard to support state assistance to the City of Jackson and surrounding areas. The Mississippi State Department of Health has also issued a State of Emergency of its own.
The total or near total loss of water pressure throughout the City of Jackson and surrounding areas of Hinds County that receive water from the plant has created a condition of disaster and extreme peril to the safety of persons and property.
“The state is marshaling tremendous resources to protect the people of our capital city,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “It will take time for that to come to fruition. But we are here in times of crisis, for anyone in the state who needs it. That’s my responsibility as governor, and it is what everyone in my administration is committed to ensuring.”
Current pressure issues mean that the city is unable to produce enough water to flush toilets, fight fires, and meet other critical needs.
Mississippi has immediately organized for fire safety and is organizing resources to provide for sanitation and life safety.
Governor Reeves announced that the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will lead the effort to distribute drinking water and non-drinking water to Jackson residents.
The state has created an incident command structure and is surging resources to the city’s water treatment facility and beginning emergency maintenance, repairs, and improvements.
Governor Reeves’ State of Emergency can be found here.
Governor Reeves’ Executive Order activating the Mississippi National Guard can be found here.
The Mississippi State Department of Health’s State of Emergency can be found here.
Governor Reeves addressed the crisis in a press conference that can be found here.
Reuters reported yesterday; Jackson, Mississippi, will go without reliable drinking water indefinitely, officials said on Monday, after pumps at the main water treatment plant failed, leading to the emergency distribution of bottled water and tanker trucks for 180,000 people.
The second paragraph says:
The city linked the failure to complications from the flooding of the Pearl River, but Governor Tate Reeves, who declared a state of emergency, said the cause was unknown and that the city-run water treatment plant had been poorly operated and understaffed for years.Reuters. 08/31/2022.
Later the article says:
The city said recent flooding of the Pearl River created complications at the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant, which sits next to a reservoir that drains into the river just north of town.
The town has been under a boiled water alert for a month.Reuters. 08/31/2022.
Governor Reeves said that motors powering the plants pumps went out recently, the plant was running on back-up pumps that failed on Monday.
Jackson Public Schools said that starting Tuesday schools will shift to online learning.
August 1st 2022, the White House announced their Safer America Plan; on Tuesday President Biden offered remarks on the Safer America Plan. The YouTube is 41 minutes and 3 seconds long. President Biden begins speaking at the 6 minute and 27 mark. His full remarks can be found here.
Folks, look, I went to every major school shooting around — in the country since I was the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee all the way through as Vice President and President. Over 48,000 people died from gunshot wounds in 2021 in the United States of America, over 26,000 by suicide. When guns are the number-one killer — listen to this — the guns are the number-one killer of children in America — of children. They’re number one. More children gui- — die from guns than active-duty police and active-duty military personnel combined.
President Biden: We have to act. We have to act for those families in Buffalo, Uvalde, Newtown, El Paso, Parkland, Charleston, Las Vegas, Orlando.
I’ve been to every one of those sites, sit down with those parents. I spent four hours last time. I met with every single one of the parents and families who have lost someone, seen the looks in their faces. Think about it. Think about the devastation that’s occurred. We have to act for all those kids gunned down on our streets every single day that never make the news. There’s a mass shooting every single day in this country in the streets of America — every single day. You have to ask — you [we] have to act so our kids can learn to read in school, instead of learning to duck and cover. (Applause.) Literally, schools all across America, kids are showing up with psychological damage done to our kids, not just COVID. With COVID, what its impact — and how it’s impacting us. And on top of that, a child going to school — children see this on television.
As you are all aware President Biden announced the Biden-Harris Administration’s plan to offer Student Debt Relief. After the announcement he took to Twitter and reached out to people asking them to text him and tell their story on how the program would help them.
We got 2 tweets so far for Thursday.
The expanded Micron Technology tweet:
From the announcement:
Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU), one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies and the only U.S.-based manufacturer of memory, today announced plans to invest approximately $15 billion through the end of the decade to construct a new fab for leading-edge memory manufacturing in Boise, Idaho. This will be the first new memory manufacturing fab built in the U.S. in 20 years, ensuring domestic supply of leading-edge memory required for market segments like automotive and data center, fueled by accelerating adoption of artificial intelligence and 5G.
This is the first of Micron’s multiple planned U.S. investments following the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act, and represents the largest private investment ever made in Idaho. Co-locating the new manufacturing fab with Micron’s R&D center at the company’s headquarters will enhance operational efficiency, accelerate technology deployment and improve time to market.
With the anticipated federal grants and credits made possible through the CHIPS and Science Act as well as the incentives provided by the state of Idaho and the support of the governor, the new fab will create over 17,000 new American jobs, including approximately 2,000 direct Micron jobs, by the end of the decade.Investors.micron.com.
Micron President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra is quoted as saying: We thank President Biden, Secretary of Commerce Raimondo, Secretary of Defense Austin, the Biden-Harris Administration and Members of Congress for the bipartisan support of the CHIPS and Science Act, which made this investment decision possible. Our new leading-edge memory manufacturing fab will fuel U.S. technology leadership, ensuring a reliable domestic supply of semiconductors that is critical to economic and national security. We also appreciate the support of Governor Little and his administration, Idaho state legislators, Mayor McLean and our partners at Idaho Power. We are proud of the positive impact this investment will have on the community and our more than 6,000 employees located in Boise, Micron’s headquarters and the epicenter of our innovation for over 40 years.
President Biden’s full statement:
Today’s announcement by Micron is another big win for America. Just this week, we’ve seen First Solar, Toyota, Honda, and Corning make major announcements of new investments and new jobs as a direct result of my economic plan. In our future, we will make EVs, chips, fiber optics, and other critical components here in America, and we will have an economy built from the bottom up and middle out.White House.gov. 09/01/2022.
From the Safer America Plan fact-sheet:
Impose tough penalties on all forms of fentanyl. Over 100,000 people have died from drug overdoses in the past 12 months, many of them from the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The federal government regulates fentanyl as a Schedule I drug, meaning it is subject to strict regulations and criminal penalties. But drug suppliers have found a loophole: they can easily alter the chemical structure of fentanyl—creating “fentanyl related substances”—to enhance the drug’s psychoactive properties and try to evade regulation of fentanyl. The Drug Enforcement Administration and Congress temporarily closed this loophole, but it will reopen in January 2023 unless Congress acts. The Safer America Plan includes the Administration’s 2021 proposal to permanently schedule all fentanyl related substances into Schedule I so traffickers of these deadly substances face the penalties they deserve.White House.gov. 08/01/2022.
This is an Open Thread.
Programming note: There will either be a live feed for President Biden’s prime time remarks, or the video feed will be included in the Post It Note.
Happy September 1st everyone!