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Good morning, TNBers. Welcome back to this week’s Biden Bits and the first Monday of October.

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… In case you missed it, there is now an official Candy Corn club. And to my surprise, there is a gif for that.

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Alrighty then, today is going to be a bit short since @POTUS is jetting off to Puerto Rico so, let’s jump in.

Friday Bits left of with @POTUS tweeting an additional 8 times.

Friday’s wrap up from the White House Briefing Room

There were 4 pages of additional WH briefing room posts. I will post a few that stood out. To view them all you can view them here: 1 2 3 4.

Bills Signed: H.R. 8656
SEPTEMBER 30, 2022
LEGISLATION

On Friday, September 30, 2022, the President signed into law:
 
H.R. 8656, which designates the clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Mishawaka, Indiana, as the Jackie Walorski VA Clinic.
 
Thank you to the Indiana delegation and many others for their leadership.

Bills Signed: H.R. 6833, S. 3895, S. 3969, S. 4900
SEPTEMBER 30, 2022
LEGISLATION

On Friday, September 30, 2022, the President signed into law:
 
H.R. 6833, the “Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023,” which provides fiscal year 2023 appropriations to Federal agencies through December 16, 2022, for continuing projects and activities of the Federal Government and includes supplemental appropriations to respond to the situation in Ukraine;
 
Thank you to Senators Schumer, McConnell, Leahy, and Shelby, Speaker Pelosi and Representative DeLauro, and many others for their leadership.
 
S. 3895, the “United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2022,” which extends and authorizes annual appropriations for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom through fiscal year 2024;
 
Thank you to Senators Rubio, Risch, Durbin, Lankford, and Coons, and Representatives Chris Smith and Eshoo, and many others for their leadership.
 
S. 3969, the “Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access Program Inclusion Act or the PAVA Program Inclusion Act,” which amends the Help America Vote Act to explicitly authorize distribution of PAVA grant funding to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the American Indian consortium; and
 
Thank you to Senators Lujan, Blunt, Klobuchar, Smith, and Heinrich, Representatives Gallego, O’Halleran, Sablan, Curtis, Leger Fernandez, and many others for their leadership.
 
S. 4900, the “SBIR and STTR Extension Act of 2022,” which authorizes the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), and six related pilot programs through Fiscal Year 2025; requires agencies with an SBIR or STTR program to establish a due diligence program to assess the potential risk posed by program applicants’ foreign ties; requires certain departments and agencies to report on national security risks within their SBIR/STTR programs; and establishes increased minimum performance standards for firms that have won a certain number of awards during a specified period of time.
 
Thank you to Senators Cardin, Ernst, and Paul, Chair Velázquez, and many others for their leadership.

Saturday, October 1 WH Briefing Room

Statement from President Joe Biden on the Return of Americans Wrongfully Detained in Venezuela
OCTOBER 01, 2022
STATEMENTS AND RELEASES

Today, after years of being wrongfully detained in Venezuela, we are bringing home Jorge Toledo, Tomeu Vadell, Alirio Zambrano, Jose Luis Zambrano, Jose Pereira, Matthew Heath, and Osman Khan.  These individuals will soon be reunited with their families and back in the arms of their loved ones where they belong.  I am grateful for the hard work of dedicated public servants across the U.S. Government who made this possible, and who continue to deliver on my Administration’s unflinching commitment to keep faith with Americans held hostage and wrongfully detained all around the world.  Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release.
 
It is also a priority of my Administration to prevent Americans from having to endure the unimaginable pain of being held hostage or wrongfully detained. This summer, I signed an executive order that will impose new costs, including sanctions and visa bans, against the perpetrators of such acts.  In addition, the State Department has introduced a new warning indicator “D” that is designed to help Americans understand where and when travel may incur increased risks of wrongful detention, potentially for long periods of time.  If travelers make the decision to go despite this “D” warning, they need to know that they are incurring massive personal risk and that it may not be feasible for the U.S. Government to secure their release.

Statement by President Joe Biden Marking Five Years Since the Las Vegas Shooting
OCTOBER 01, 2022
STATEMENTS AND RELEASES


Monday Bits

Official Presidential Schedule

9:00 AMPool Call TimeOut-of-Town Pool Call Time
Joint Base Andrews OverhangOut-of-Town Pool
9:30 AMPool Call TimeIn-Town Pool Call Time
The White HouseIn-Town Pool
10:10 AMOfficial ScheduleThe President and The First Lady depart the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
South LawnOpen Press
10:30 AMPress BriefingPress Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will gaggle aboard Air Force One en route Ponce, Puerto Rico
Joint Base AndrewsOut-of-Town Pool
11:30 AMOfficial ScheduleThe President and The First Lady depart Joint Base Andrews en route Ponce, Puerto Rico
Joint Base AndrewsOut-of-Town Pool
2:00 PMOfficial ScheduleThe President and The First Lady arrive in Ponce, Puerto Rico
Mercedita International Airport, Ponce, PROpen Press
2:30 PMOfficial ScheduleThe President receives a briefing
Port of Ponce, Ponce, PROut-of-Town Pool Spray
2:45 PMOfficial ScheduleThe President delivers remarks
Port of Ponce, Ponce, PROpen Press
3:30 PMOfficial ScheduleThe President and The First Lady visit Centro Sor Isolina Ferré Aguayo School
Centro Sor Isolina Ferré Aguayo School, Ponce, PROut-of-Town Pool
4:50 PMOfficial ScheduleThe President and The First Lady depart Ponce, Puerto Rico en route Joint Base Andrews
Mercedita International Airport, Ponce, PROut-of-Town Pool
8:35 PMOfficial ScheduleThe President and The First Lady arrive at Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base AndrewsOut-of-Town Pool
8:45 PMOfficial ScheduleThe President and The First Lady depart Joint Base Andrews en route the White House
Joint Base AndrewsOut-of-Town Pool
8:55 PMOfficial ScheduleThe President and The First Lady arrive at the White House
South LawnPress Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will gaggle aboard Air Force One en route Ponce, Puerto Rico

Monday @POTUS Bits

@POTUS tweeted one time.

Monday WH Briefing Room

Remarks by President Biden Before Marine One Departure
OCTOBER 03, 2022
SPEECHES AND REMARKS

10:09 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Puerto Rico. I’m heading to Puerto Rico because they haven’t been taken very good care of. They’ve been trying like hell to catch up from the last hurricane. I want to see the state of affairs today and make sure we push everything we can. Thanks.

10:09 A.M. EDT

Executive Order on Expanding Eligibility For Certain Military Decorations And Awards
OCTOBER 03, 2022
PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS

Monday WH youtube

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Gaggle Aboard Air Force One En Route Ponce, Puerto Rico
Scheduled for Oct 3, 2022 Air Force One; 12:00 pm EDT

President Biden Delivers Remarks
20 waiting Scheduled for Oct 3, 2022 Ponce, Puerto Rico; 2:45pm EDT


All done for Monday. See you in the comments and back here tomorrow. Have a good day.

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