Biden Bits: On The Table…

Biden Tweets Logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

President Biden’s public schedule for Wednesday 03/01/2023:

9:00 AM In-Town Pool Call Time
In-Town Pool
*9:30 AM remarks The President delivers remarks on his nomination of Julie Su to serve as the Secretary of Labor; The Vice President attends by 6 am]
East Room Pooled for TV and Pre-Credentialed Media
10:15 AM The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Closed Press
11:25 AM The President departs the White House en route to Department of Homeland Security
South Grounds In-Town Travel Pool

*There is 0 chance that I will have the post ready to post by 6:30 a.m. CA., time.*

On Tuesday the White House posted the following statement:

Today, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Julie Su to serve as Secretary of the Department of Labor. Julie is a tested and experienced leader, who will continue to build a stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive economy that provides Americans a fair return for their work and an equal chance to get ahead.
“It is my honor to nominate Julie Su to be our country’s next Secretary of Labor. Julie has spent her life fighting to make sure that everyone has a fair shot, that no community is overlooked, and that no worker is left behind. Over several decades, Julie has led the largest state labor department in the nation, cracked down on wage theft, fought to protect trafficked workers, increased the minimum wage, created good-paying, high-quality jobs, and established and enforced workplace safety standards.
Julie is a champion for workers, and she has been a critical partner to Secretary Walsh since the early days of my Administration. She helped avert a national rail shutdown, improved access to good jobs free from discrimination through my Good Jobs Initiative, and is ensuring that the jobs we create in critical sectors like semiconductor manufacturing, broadband and healthcare are good-paying, stable and accessible jobs for all.
I look forward to continuing to work with Julie to build an economy that works for working people, and I respectfully ask the Senate to take up this nomination quickly so that we can finish the job for America’s workers.”

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Julie Su, Secretary of Labor

Julie Su has spent her career fighting for workers, and currently serves as the Deputy Secretary of Labor, a position she has held since her July 2021 Senate confirmation. As Deputy Secretary, Su has worked side by side with Secretary Walsh to advance President Biden’s vision of a strong, resilient, inclusive economy with worker well-being at its center. 
Previously, Su was the Labor Secretary for the State of California where she worked closely with unions and employers to build high road training partnerships to connect people—often those left out of prosperity—to good, union jobs. Su began her life in government service as the California Labor Commissioner where she launched the “Wage Theft is a Crime” campaign with the support of both labor and management. Su spent 17 years as a civil rights attorney representing workers who are often invisible, including 72 Thai garment workers who were trafficked into the US and forced to work behind barbed wire and under armed guard. Her work earned her a MacArthur “genius” award.
Su is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. She is the daughter of immigrants, speaks Mandarin and Spanish, and she has 2 daughters, LiMei and AnLing, who are both in college.

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Labor Secretary Marty Walsh announced on 02/16/2023 that he would depart his post “mid-March”…

On 02/17/2023, President Biden issued the following statement:

Marty Walsh is one tough union chief. His record at the Department of Labor is a testament to the power of putting a card-carrying union member in charge of fighting for American workers. Marty has gone to bat for working families every day, and with his help, this administration has helped workers recover from a historic economic downturn and launch a new era of worker power.

Through Marty’s leadership, this administration has helped unions secure a historic pay raise for rail workers, continued the fight for paid sick days for all American workers, strengthened workplace protections, and ushered in a historic surge in union organizing. He knows that unions make us all stronger, no matter what we do or where we come from. 

My dad used to say that a job is about a lot more than a paycheck, it’s about dignity and it’s about respect. Few people understand that more than Marty. I thank Marty for his work, which has made life better for millions of working Americans, and will serve as a model for all future Labor Secretaries who truly value American working people.

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Marty Walsh will head to the National Hockey League Players’ Association:

President Biden’s announcement of the already announced nomination Live Feed that won’t be live by post time…

Things not listed on today’s schedule (sometimes the first one of the month is always weird):

President Biden offers remarks at the Department of Homeland Security @noon D.C., time.

The White House daily press briefing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. D.C., time.

President Biden will deliver remarks at the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference @6:00 p.m. D.C., time.

President Biden has tweeted…

He’s got 4 tweets so far for Wednesday.

His full remarks at the announcement of the already announced nomination have not been posted yet today.’s news release:

Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced price reductions of 70% for its most commonly prescribed insulins and an expansion of its Insulin Value Program that caps patient out-of-pocket costs at $35 or less per month. Lilly is taking these actions to make it easier to access Lilly insulin and help Americans who may have difficulty navigating a complex healthcare system that may keep them from getting affordable insulin.

Today, Lilly is reducing the list price of insulins by: 03/01/2023.
  • Cutting the list price of its non-branded insulin, Insulin Lispro Injection 100 units/mL, to $25 a vial. Effective May 1, 2023, it will be the lowest list-priced mealtime insulin available, and less than the price of a Humalog® vial in 1999.
  • Cutting the list price of Humalog® (insulin lispro injection) 100 units/mL1, Lilly’s most commonly prescribed insulin, and Humulin® (insulin human) injection 100 units/mL2 by 70%, effective in Q4 2023.
  • Launching RezvoglarTM (insulin glargine-aglr) injection, a basal insulin that is biosimilar to, and interchangeable with, Lantus® (insulin glargine) injection, for $92 per five pack of KwikPens®, a 78% discount to Lantus, effective April 1, 2023.

“While the current healthcare system provides access to insulin for most people with diabetes, it still does not provide affordable insulin for everyone and that needs to change,” said David A. Ricks, Lilly’s Chair and CEO. “The aggressive price cuts we’re announcing today should make a real difference for Americans with diabetes. Because these price cuts will take time for the insurance and pharmacy system to implement, we are taking the additional step to immediately cap out-of-pocket costs for patients who use Lilly insulin and are not covered by the recent Medicare Part D cap.”

In addition to reducing the list price of its insulins, Lilly is making it easier for more people with diabetes to get Lilly insulins:  

  • Effective immediately, Lilly will automatically cap out-of-pocket costs at $35 at participating retail pharmacies for people with commercial insurance using Lilly insulin.3
  • People who don’t have insurance can continue to go to and immediately download the Lilly Insulin Value Program savings card to receive Lilly insulins for $35 per month.

“We are driving for change in repricing older insulins, but we know that 7 out of 10 Americans don’t use Lilly insulin. We are calling on policymakers, employers and others to join us in making insulin more affordable,” continued Ricks. “For the past century, Lilly has focused on inventing new and improved insulins and other medicines that address the impact of diabetes and improve patient outcomes. Our work to discover new and better treatments is far from over. We won’t stop until all people with diabetes are in control of their disease and can get the insulin they need.”

Today’s announcement builds on years of efforts by Lilly to close the gaps in the U.S. healthcare system that keep some people with diabetes from accessing affordable insulin. In recent years, Lilly has introduced multiple insulin affordability solutions that have made a real impact, including launching low-list-price, non-branded insulins in 2019, implementing the Lilly Insulin Value Program in 2020 and committing all of our insulins to the Medicare Part D Senior Savings Model in 2021. Because of these efforts, the average out-of-pocket cost for Lilly insulins has dropped to $21.80 over the last five years.

In the coming weeks, Lilly will launch a nationwide public awareness campaign to help ensure all Lilly insulin users understand how to access the company’s industry-leading affordability solutions. For more information, go to 03/01/2023.

I left off the purpose and safety summary.

President Biden’s full statement:

Today, Eli Lilly, the largest manufacturer of insulin in the United States, announced that they are lowering their prices, capping what patients pay out of pocket for the drug maker’s insulin products at $35.  For far too long, American families have been crushed by drug costs many times higher than what people in other countries are charged for the same prescriptions. Insulin costs less than $10 to make, but Americans are sometimes forced to pay over $300 for it. It’s flat wrong.
Last year, I signed a law to cap insulin at $35 for seniors and I called on pharma companies to bring prices down for everyone on their own. Today, Eli Lilly did that.
It’s a big deal, and it’s time for other manufacturers to follow.

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The White House posted the following Proclamation:

 During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the countless women who have fought tirelessly and courageously for equality, justice, and opportunity in our Nation.  We also reaffirm our commitment to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls in the United States and around the world.  We are mindful that we are building on the legacy of both recognized trailblazers and unsung heroines who have guided the course of American history and continue to shape its future.

     The full participation of women is a foundational tenet of democracy.  Women — often women of color — have been on the frontlines, fighting for and securing equal rights and opportunity throughout our country’s history as abolitionists, civil rights leaders, suffragists, and labor activists.  Women continue to lead as advocates for reproductive rights, champions of racial justice, and LGBTQI+ equality.  Throughout history, these women have opened the doors of opportunity for subsequent generations of dreamers and doers.  As community leaders, educators, doctors, scientists, child care providers, and more, women power our economy and lead our Nation.  As first responders and service members, they stand watch over our lives and liberties.  As innovators, entrepreneurs, and essential workers in every industry, they represent the very best of America.

     But despite significant progress, women and girls continue to face systemic barriers to full and equal participation in our economy and society.  Last year, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, stripping away a constitutional right from the American people and the ability of millions of women to make decisions about their own bodies, putting their health and lives at risk.  Disparities persist in economic security, health care, and caregiving responsibilities, especially for women and girls of color.  Those who perform critical work, including those who care for our children and our families, are too often overlooked, underpaid, and undervalued.  

     Ours is the only Nation in the world established upon a profound but simple idea — that all people are created equal.  My Administration is committed to upholding that idea and to making its promise real for every American.  That is why I created the Gender Policy Council to advance gender equity and equality across the Federal Government.  It is why I released the first-ever national gender strategy to promote the rights and opportunities of women at home and abroad, which outlines my Administration’s commitment to equal access to education, economic security for women and families, health care, and freedom from gender-based violence.  As we implement the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act, we are working to reduce barriers so that women can access new jobs in sectors where they have been historically underrepresented.  I have signed historic legislation to ensure equal protection for pregnant women and nursing mothers in the workplace.  And I strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, a major milestone in our ongoing efforts to ensure all people can live free from violence.  Finally, in December 2022, I was proud to sign the Respect for Marriage Act and defend the rights of LGBTQI+ and interracial couples.

     My Administration will continue to defend reproductive freedom to ensure that all Americans — regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or income — have the ability to make the choices that are right for themselves and their families.  I have taken executive action to safeguard access to reproductive care, including medication abortion, help ensure women can receive emergency medical care, protect patients’ privacy and access to accurate information about their reproductive rights, and combat discrimination in the health care system.  I continue to call on the Congress to pass a Federal law restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade so all women in every State have the right to choose.  And my Administration released the first Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis to save lives and address systemic discrimination that many women face every day in our health care system, including women of color, women in rural communities, and women with disabilities.

     Leading our efforts is the most diverse group of women at the highest levels of Government in United States history, including Vice President Kamala Harris and a record number of female cabinet secretaries.  Together with the most diverse set of judges ever nominated to the Federal bench — including Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson — women are seated at every table where decisions are being made.

     This month, as we continue our work to advance gender equity and equality, let us celebrate the contributions of women throughout our history and honor the stories that have too often gone untold.  Let us recognize that fundamental freedoms are interconnected:  when opportunities for women are withheld, we all suffer; and when women’s lives are improved, we all gain.  Let us strive to create a Nation where every woman and girl knows that her possibilities know no bounds in America.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2023 as Women’s History Month.  I call upon all Americans to observe this month and to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2023, with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.  I also invite all Americans to visit to learn more about the vital contribution of women to our Nation’s history.  

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-eighth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-seventh.

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When the post was finally posted for Tuesday, President Biden had tweeted 4 times. He added 12 tweets and a retweet giving him a Tuesday Tweeting Total of 16 tweets and 1 retweet.

The YouTube is 35 minutes and 2 seconds long. President Biden begins his remarks at the 5 minutes and 18 second mark. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden: Now, let me explain the national debt.  You all know — we think we all know it.  It’s the accumulated debt over 200 years.  Every year it’s accumulated, over 200 years.  The federal government has never, ever once reneged on that debt.  We’ve never questioned our credit.  And guess what?  Let’s remember the last administration increased the federal debt by 25 percent.  The 200-year debt — in four years, they increased it by 25 percent.  Two hundred years.  And, folks, how did Congress respond?  Well, quite frankly, they did the only responsible thing: They paid the debt.  They voted three times to keep paying America’s bills to pay the debt without preconditions without a crisis. If they paid the American debt then, why in God’s name are they threatening not to pay it now?  (Applause.)

Same energy:

Remarks from Virginia 02/28/2023…

President Biden: As for my MA- — my MAGA Republican friends, they say they want to reduce the deficit.  Well, we did the math.  Based on what we know so far — they could change their minds — their plans would explode the deficit, increasing it more than $3 trillion over the next 10 years.

President Biden: For millions of Americans, healthcare hangs in the balance.

Using Getty Images I discovered that DuWayne Portis Jr., is a high school senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy. During his introduction of Vice President Harris at a White House Black History Month celebration he announced that his first choice of college was Howard University, the alma mater of VP Harris.

On Tuesday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) reintroduced the Pro Act.

The full statement:

Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined her colleagues in Congress to reintroduce the Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, comprehensive labor legislation to protect workers’ right to stand together and bargain for fairer wages, better benefits, and safer workplaces. Senator Murray introduced the legislation—which was renamed in honor of former AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka—alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).

“We have made really important progress recovering from the pandemic and building a better, fairer economy over the last few years—but the fact is too many workers are still getting left behind while the biggest corporations make a killing,” said Senator Murray. “That’s why I’m glad to join my colleagues today in reintroducing the PRO Act to protect every worker’s right to organize and fight for better pay, quality health care, a safer workplace, and a secure retirement. Unions give workers a powerful voice to demand better. It’s far past time we pass this critical legislation to build a stronger and fairer economy—and ensure workers get their fair share of the wealth they help create.”

The PRO Act would protect the right to organize and collectively bargain by: 02/28/2023.
  • Bolstering remedies and punishing violations of workers’ rights through authorizing meaningful penalties for employers that violate workers’ rights, strengthening support for workers who suffer retaliation for exercising their rights,  and authorizing a private right of action for violation of workers’ rights.
  • Strengthening workers’ right to join together and negotiate for better working conditions by enhancing workers’ right to support secondary boycotts, ensuring unions can collect “fair share” fees, modernizing the union election process, and facilitating initial collective bargaining agreements.
  • Restoring fairness to an economy rigged against workers by closing loopholes that allow employers to misclassify their employees as supervisors and independent contractors and increasing transparency in labor-management relations.

Throughout her career, Senator Murray has championed workers’ rights and fought to protect their right to join and form a union in order to stand together and demand better pay, benefits, and working conditions. Senator Murray—former Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee—first introduced the PRO Act in the 116th Congress and has helped lead the charge to get it passed into law. She held a hearing urging action to protect workers’ right to organize, and has worked the phones and knocked on her colleagues’ doors to build support for the bill. Last year, Senator Murray held a roundtable in Seattle with U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) to discuss the importance of protecting workers’ right to form a union and pass the PRO Act. In the spending bill passed into law last December, Senator Murray secured a long overdue $25 million increase in funding for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to help ensure the agency can protect the rights of workers everywhere. 02/28/2023.

Bill text =’s 55 page PDF.
Fact-Sheet =’s 2 page PDF.
Section by Section Summary =’s 8 page PDF.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted:

Remarks from Virginia 02/28/2023…

President Biden: Folks, here’s the bottom line.  The work that we’ve done to get more people affordable healthcare and bring down costs is going to reduce the deficit significantly.  It’s making a real difference in people’s lives.

The White House fact-sheet was posted on 02/01/2023…

President Biden Will Call for a Junk Fee Prevention Act to Eliminate Unfair and Costly Junk Fees

As part of the fourth meeting of the President’s Competition Council, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing two actions that further advance the President’s agenda of promoting competition in the American economy. First, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is proposing a rule that would slash excessive credit card late fees, pursuant to its authority under the bipartisan Credit CARD Act of 2009. The rule is projected to reduce typical late fees from roughly $30 to $8, saving consumers as much as $9 billion a year in late fees. Second, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is releasing a report assessing the barriers to competition in the current mobile app store ecosystem and providing recommendations to level the playing field for app developers and give consumers more control over their devices.

The President will also highlight the Administration’s steady progress in eliminating or limiting junk fees: those hidden or unexpected fees that Americans pay each day that can total hundreds of dollars a month. Junk fees are not only costly to consumers, but they can stifle competition by encouraging companies to use increasingly sophisticated tools to disguise the true price consumers face. By reducing these fees and increasing transparency, we can provide relief to consumers and make our economy more competitive, particularly for new and growing businesses.

Since the President urged agencies to focus on reducing junk fees at the September 2022 meeting of the Competition Council, agencies have delivered in the following ways:

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  • The CFPB targeted overdraft and bounced check fees, releasing two reports in 2021 and ramping up its oversight, driving 15 of the 20 largest banks to agree to put an end to bounced check fees. The CFPB followed up by releasing guidance banning surprise overdraft fees – fees charged for overdrawing a checking account even though at the time of purchase there appeared to be sufficient funds – and surprise depositor fees charged when you deposit someone else’s bounced check. These changes will reduce fees by more than $1 billion annually.
  • The Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a rule to require airlines and online booking services to show the full price of a plane ticket up front, including baggage and other fees. DOT also published a dashboard of airline policies when flights are delayed or cancelled due to issues under the airlines’ control, leading 9 airlines to change policies to guarantee coverage of hotels and 10 airlines to guarantee coverage of meals, none of which was guaranteed before.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released new rules that will go into effect next year to require broadband providers to use “nutrition labels”—similar to those used for food products—to convey key information to consumers about internet service options in an accessible format. The information featured will include prices, speeds, data allowances, and any additional fees charged.

Even as the Administration is taking these significant steps to use existing authority to eliminate junk fees, the President is calling on Congress to pass a Junk Fee Prevention Act that cracks down on four types of junk fees that cost American consumers billions of dollars a year.

Specifically, the President is urging Democrats and Republicans in Congress to come together to:

Crack down on excessive online concert, sporting event, and other entertainment ticket fees. Many online ticket sellers impose massive service fees at check-out that are not disclosed when consumers are choosing their tickets. In a review of 31 different sporting events across five ticket sellers’ websites, service charges averaged more than 20% of the ticket’s face value, and total fees—like processing fees, delivery fees, and facility fees—reached up to more than half the cost of the ticket itself. A family of four attending a show could end up paying far more than $100 in fees above and beyond the cost of the tickets.

Significant concentration in the industry—and a lack of consumer options—makes matters worse. Often, if Americans want to attend a particular concert or sporting event, they only have one online option for making the initial ticket purchase. That means that even if consumers knew they might have to pay a large fee on top of the ticket cost, they would have no way to avoid it if they wanted to attend a particular show. One company has exclusive partnerships with a reported 80 of the top 100 arenas in the United States, allowing it to charge fees to attend events at those leading venues without fear of competition.

While antitrust enforcement agencies have the authority to investigate and address anti-competitive conduct in the industry, the President urges Congress to act now to reduce these fees through legislation. Specifically, the President is calling on Congress to prohibit excessive fees, require the fees to be disclosed in the ticket price, and mandate disclosure of any ticket holdbacks that diminish available supply.

Ban airline fees for family members to sit with young children. Many airlines today charge a fee to select a seat in advance, including for those traveling with children. Parents can find themselves unexpectedly not seated with their young child on a flight or paying large fees to sit next to their children. The President believes no parent should have to pay extra to sit next to their child. 

In July 2022, the DOT issued a notice stating that it is the Department’s policy that U.S. airlines ensure that children who are age 13 or younger are seated next to an accompanying adult with no extra charge, but still no airline guarantees fee-free family seating. DOT will publish a family seating fee dashboard and launch a rulemaking to ban the practice. The President is calling upon Congress to fast-track the ban on family seating fees so that the DOT can crack down on these practices more quickly than through a rulemaking. 

Eliminate exorbitant early termination fees for TV, phone, and internet service. Too often, cable TV, internet, and mobile phone providers have “early termination” fees that consumers must pay if they want to switch to another provider. These fees can exceed $200. Early termination fees are costly for consumers and undermine economic dynamism by making it harder for innovative companies to win a toe-hold in the market by encouraging customers to switch. And these providers often charge people when they’re most vulnerable—people who are forced to move because of a job loss or other financial downturn, for example, may be slammed with hundreds of dollars in early termination fees.

The President urges Congress to eliminate these excessive early termination fees so that companies can no longer lock in customers and must truly compete with each other on the basis of price and quality.

Ban surprise resort and destination fees. When families set their budget for a vacation, they expect that the hotel price they see is the price they will pay. But many travelers encounter surprise “resort fees” or “destination fees” when they check out or at the end of a lengthy online reservation process. These fees harm consumers by preventing them from the seeing the true price when they pick out a hotel and by limiting their ability to comparison shop. Over the past decade, a growing number of hotels have imposed these fees on consumers, which can be $50 or more per night. More than one-third of hotel guests report having paid such fees. And the total costs for Americans are enormous: according to one report, hotels collected billions in these fees and surcharges in 2018.

The President urges Congress to ban these surprise fees by requiring that hotels include them in the price of the room, so consumers aren’t surprised. Travelers should know which hotels charge these fees and which ones do not, so that they can plan and budget accordingly.

The President is calling for passage of a Junk Fee Prevention Act to provide millions of Americans with fast relief from these frustrating and costly fees. This will not only save Americans billions a year, but make our markets more competitive—creating a more even playing field so that businesses that price in a fair and transparent manner no longer lose sales to companies that disguise their actual prices with hidden fees. In the coming weeks and months, the Biden-Harris Administration looks forward to working with Congress to crack down not only on these fees, but also other junk fees that take cash out of Americans’ pockets and hide the true cost of products.

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From (American Airlines) link:

American Airlines and American Eagle are in business to provide safe, dependable and friendly air transportation to our customers, along with numerous related services. We are dedicated to making every flight you take with us something special. Your safety, comfort and convenience are our most important concerns. American Airlines and American Eagle initially submitted their joint Customer Service Plan to the Department of Transportation (DOT) in 1999 and updated it in 2010 and 2011.

American Airlines and its regional airline partner American Eagle serve almost 250 cities around the world, from Abilene to Zurich, and operate more than 3400 daily flights. Our combined fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. In addition to our extensive domestic service, we serve numerous destinations in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America. The American frequent flyer program, AAdvantage®, is the oldest and largest in the world.

We are in business to provide safe, dependable, and friendly air transportation to our customers, along with numerous related services, in the hopes that you will fly us again and again. We work very hard to make your entire experience with us, from making a reservation to deplaning at your final destination, a positive one. Although we are successful in this effort most of the time, there are times when things do not go as smoothly as we, and you, would like. Operating a network of more than 3400 flights and servicing hundreds of thousands of passengers each day is challenging and complex. Inevitably, some of our flights are affected by adverse circumstances, some of which are within our control and some of which are not.

This Customer service plan addresses a number of the service goals we have defined for ourselves. Every customer is important to American Airlines and American Eagle, and we are dedicated to making every flight you take with us something special. Your safety, comfort and convenience are our most important concerns. 02/28/2023.
  • Accommodation of customers with special needs
  • Assistance when your flight has been delayed or canceled
  • Baggage delivery
  • Baggage liability
  • Check-in requirements and baggage acceptance cutoff times
  • Customer loyalty program – AAdvantage®
  • Delays, cancellations and diversion events
  • Essential customer needs during extraordinary delays
  • Family seating
  • Flights with oversales
  • Guaranteed fares and 24-hour hold policy for American Airlines flights (including American Airlines flights operated by codeshare partners)
  • Handling of customer issues
  • Lowest fare availability
  • Service with domestic codeshare partners
  • Ticket refunds
  • Other travel policies

After the bullet points they have several drop down menus. One is for “Family seating”:

Our goal is to have families seated together. We guarantee children 14 and under will be seated adjacent to an accompanying adult at no additional cost, including Basic Economy fares, if you meet all these conditions:

  • Everyone is booked in the same reservation
  • Adjacent seats are available in the same class of service your child is ticketed at the time of booking
  • You choose seats for the entire reservation or skip seats for the entire reservation (if you choose Basic Economy, then skip choosing seats for the entire reservation)
  • You don’t make a change to your seat assignments once they’re assigned to you
  • The plane’s seat layout allows it based on the number of children in your reservation
  • The original flight isn’t switched to a smaller aircraft

If these conditions aren’t met, we will still try to seat children adjacent to an accompanying adult.

Global.Honda posted the following statement 02/28/2023:

  • Local and state officials join global Honda and LGES executives in groundbreaking event
  • New renderings offer first look at the new EV battery facility, an initial $3.5 billion investment projected to reach $4.4 billion overall
  • Construction set to rapidly scale up so that the facility can be completed by the end of 2024 in support of the start of mass production at the end of 2025
  • EV batteries from the facility, over 2 million sq. ft. in size, to be provided exclusively to Honda auto plants to produce EVs to be sold in North America

Honda and LG Energy Solution (LGES; KRX: 373220) today held the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new joint venture EV battery plant over 2 million square feet in size, to be located in Fayette County, near Jeffersonville, Ohio.

The two companies have committed to invest $3.5 billion in the new joint venture (JV) facility, with their overall investment projected to reach $4.4 billion. The facility is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024, with plans to create 2,200 jobs, and the aim for approximately 40GWh of annual production capacity. The JV company will deliver lithium-ion batteries with cutting-edge technology to support Honda’s plan to build battery-electric vehicles (EV) in North America.

The ceremony’s attendees included Toshihiro Mibe, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Dong-Myung Kim, president and head of the Advanced Automotive Battery Division of LG Energy Solution, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, other members of state government and local community officials.

At the ceremony, the leaders of the new JV company, CEO Robert H. Lee and COO Rick Riggle, revealed a rendering of the new facility which will be located about 40 miles southwest of Columbus.

“It is an honor to represent two great corporations, Honda and LG Energy Solution, both with a long, proud history of success. LG Energy Solution is the leading battery manufacturer globally and is investing aggressively to meet demand for electrification. We are excited to embark on this partnership with Honda, a leader in the global auto industry with a reputation for quality and reliability,” said Lee. “If we harness these strengths, I have no doubt our joint venture will be the most successful battery plant in the world, and we look forward to being a part of this massive transformation toward sustainability.”

“We have talked a lot about the partnership between Honda and LG Energy Solution, but the communities of Southern Ohio are a part of this venture, too, and we see it not so much as a joint venture, but a tri-venture between our companies and the community,” said Riggle. “We share similar values and perspectives regarding the relationship we want to have with our new workforce, and this spirit of teamwork will be key to our success.”

The location of the joint venture between Honda and LGES was announced on Oct.11, 2022, and was formally established on Jan. 12, 2023. The plant aims to start mass production of pouch-type lithium-ion batteries by the end of 2025, to be provided exclusively to Honda auto plants to produce EVs to be sold in North America.

Honda also has announced plans to invest $700 million to re-tool several of its existing auto and powertrain plants in Ohio for production* of electric vehicles that will utilize the batteries made at the new JV facility. Honda plans to begin production and sales of Honda EVs in North America in 2026, based on its new Honda e:Architecture. As part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities by 2050, Honda has a vision to make battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles represent 100% of its vehicle sales by 2040.

Backed by the largest global battery manufacturing network it has established, LG Energy Solution has been carrying out its initiative to expedite the global EV transition, with its annual production capacity of 200GWh to further expand to 300GWh by the end of this year. Capitalizing on its ample R&D experience and operational expertise, LGES is devoted to providing competitive power solutions for its customers, thereby promoting the customer values and reinforcing the collective initiatives for clean energy transformation.

For more information about the joint venture battery plant, visit

Global.Honda. 02/28/2023.

We covered the above information in Monday’s Biden Bits

Sort of from remarks at the Black History Month Reception 02/27/2023…

President Biden: You know, we celebrate all of you and the progress we’ve made together the past two years — progress to lay the foundation for a stronger, more resilient, more equitable economy that grows from the bottom up and the middle out so the poor have a ladder up, the middle class do well.  And the wealthy always do well when everybody else does, so I ain’t worried about them. All kidding aside, they do well.  This idea, somehow, we’re only focusing on middle class and the poor.  The wealthy do very well when the middle class are doing well. We created over 12 million jobs — the strongest job growth of any presidency in the first two years of our history.  (Applause.)  Black unemployment is near record lows.  Wages for Black workers are up.  And the two strongest years ever for small-business creation, which include strong growth in Black small businesses. 

The video clip is 44 seconds; it’s a behind the scenes look at the photo shoot for the White House Black History Month photo.

President Biden: You know, we both promised that this administration would look like America. So thank you, thank you, thank you. I appreciate very much all you do.

Vice President Harris: You know, I have a t-shirt someone gave me and the t-shirt says, “I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams.” You are the ancestors’ wildest dream. And what is happening with this Administration and the leadership is historic in so many ways.

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