Biden news today: President jokes about ‘good old days’ with Obama as he suspends student loan debt for the sixth time
Obama jokingly calls Biden ‘vice president’ upon his return to the White House
Barack Obama traveled to the White House on Tuesday for his first public event at the executive mansion since leaving office. He took part in a celebration of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, as Joe Biden announced changes to the health care program that could see up to 200,000 uninsured Americans become eligible for new coverage.
The visit has many Democrats hoping Mr Biden can benefit from his former boss’ still high approval rating among the Democratic base. Mr Biden has recently struggled to increase his poor standing in the polls and there are serious fears that Democratic voter apathy and disappointment could give Republicans an opening in this year’s midterm elections. Mr. Obama says that to win midterm, Democrats have a story to tell, they “just have to tell it.”
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday voted 11 to 11 on the nomination of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. The result will not prevent Ms. Jackson’s nomination from making it to the Senate; she already appears to have the backing of 53 senators, with Republicans Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney breaking ranks to support her.
Biden’s granddaughter to marry this fall
Naomi Biden, the daughter of President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, plans to celebrate her wedding at the White House later this year.
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Maroosha MuzaffarApril 6, 2022 05:57
Obama tells Democrats how to win the midterm elections
Former President Barack Obama had a simple message for Democrats who fear losing their majority in the 2022 midterm elections.
“We have a story to tell, just tell it,” he said in response to NBC News’ Peter Alexander.
The former president received a standing ovation as he returned to the White House for the first time since leaving the Oval Office in 2017 to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the passage of his health care law , the Affordable Care Act, which has been nicknamed Obamacare. in the press.
Eric Garcia has the latest from Washington, DC.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 05:30
Homeland Security Secretary takes meeting with Republican caucus on border restrictions
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had a meeting with House GOP members of the “border security caucus” on Tuesday, but Republicans were “not satisfied with the responses.”
The Border Security Caucus – after the announcement last week that the White House would lift all Trump-era Covid restrictions on the border – was fully charged at the meeting.
“It was a rowdy crowd, and you have to give him a lot of credit for picking the most rowdy crowd, coming in and listening to them,” said Darrell Issa, a California Republican who attended the meeting.
“Nothing has really been resolved, other than he promised to give some follow-up information,” he said.
Representative Brian Babin of Texas, co-chair of the caucus, said of the meeting, “We appreciated his courage to come in, knowing that we were 100% opposed to him. But we were not satisfied with the answers he gave us.
Maroosha MuzaffarApril 6, 2022 05:01
Biden to extend Covid student loan freeze until August 31
The United States is once again extending its pandemic-era pause on federal student loan repayments, pushing back the restart date until at least August 31, Associated Press reports.
It is the sixth time the deadline for resuming payments has been extended, as Joe Biden faces pressure from Congress and inflation concerns.
Prior to the extension, the moratorium was set to expire on May 1, and more than 43 million Americans with a total of $1.6 trillion in government loans would once again be in debt.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 4:45 a.m.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hits back at Matt Gaetz
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin seemed so infuriated by Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz’s outlandish questions that he got into a shouting match with the Florida Rep at the end of the five-minute round of Mr Gaetz.
Mr. Austin was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify at a House Armed Services Committee hearing regarding the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2023 budget request, but Mr. Gaetz had apparently decided to use his time to reprimand the former head of US Central Command on what he described as US defense failures caused by the Pentagon’s embrace of the “wake-up call.”
Specifically, Mr. Gaetz inquired about a lecture given at the United States National Defense University by French economist and author Thomas Picketty titled “Responding to China: The Case for Justice world and democratic socialism.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 04:00
Kinzinger rails against GOP ‘children’ in Congress
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois called his congressional colleagues ‘kids’ for focusing more on Disney and culture war issues than the unfolding ‘genocide’ in Ukraine at Russian hands .
Mr Kinzinger said the “world order” was in question for the first time since World War Two, but his fellow Republicans were acting like “a bunch of children”.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 03:15
Oklahoma State House votes to make abortion illegal
The Oklahoma State House voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill making performing an abortion in the state a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in what may be the the most restrictive anti-abortion bill passed since the US Supreme Court first signaled its intention to restrict reproductive rights last year.
The legislation, which would punish any Oklahoman who performs an abortion with a long prison term and a fine of up to $100,000, was passed by the state Senate last year before crossing the State House by a margin of 70 to 14 on Tuesday.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 2:30 a.m.
Biden names first woman to lead branch of US military
She would become the first woman to lead a branch of the US military if confirmed. Admiral Fagan has served as vice commander since June last year, becoming the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star admiral in the Coast Guard.
Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 1:45 a.m.
The vibe on Capitol Hill
Rep. Dan Kildee summed up the mood on Capitol Hill for Politicsby Sarah Ferris:
Olivier O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 01:15
Capitol Police Capture Fox Who Attacked Lawmaker
US Capitol Police have captured a fox suspected of biting a congressman in the leg.
The police department put a collar on the animal after warning politicians and Capitol Hill staffers to be on the lookout for “aggressive encounters with foxes.”
Graeme Massie reports on one of the most unexpected stories to come out of DC today.
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Olivier O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 01:00