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    A public opinion poll released Wednesday by Monmouth University found that nearly a quarter of Americans would avoid taking the COVID-19 vaccine. When asked whether they would take the vaccine immediately, hold-off until more people receive it, or resist entirely, 24% of respondents said it is likely they “will never get the vaccine.” Meanwhile, 50% responded they would get the vaccine as soon as it became available. And nearly 20% said they would “see how it goes.” Respondents varied widely concerning when they believe the US will get the virus under control and return to normal. Roughly 3 in 10 think this could happen by the summer, while 39% believe it will not happen before the end of 2021. Further, 6 in 10 respondents said they are “very concerned” someone in their family could become seriously ill. NATIONAL POLL: When Americans plan to get #Covid vaccine: 6% already got it...
    Washington outsider Miguel Cardona, President Biden's nominee to lead the Education Department faced tough questions at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, on political hot-button issues like student loan forgiveness, transgender participation in women's sports and most pressing: how to make good on Mr. Biden's promise to reopen schools within 100 days of his inauguration. If confirmed, the Connecticut education commissioner will inherit an educational crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. "We're here today in the midst of one of the most challenging school years in American history," Cardona said Wednesday in his opening statement. "For far too many of our students, this year has piled on crisis after crisis." He did not offer many specific ideas about how to return children to school but did say that educators should be prioritized for vaccine distribution. Little was known about Cardona's views on major education policy issues, since the former...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden told House Democrats on Wednesday he's "not married" to an absolute number on his $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan but Congress needs to "act fast" on relief for the pandemic and the economic crisis.Biden also said he doesn't want to budge from his proposed $1,400 in direct payments that he said were promised to Americans."Look, we got a lot of people hurting in our country today," Biden said. "We need to act. We need to act fast. We need to restore the soul of the country."On the direct payments, he said, "I'm not going to start my administration by breaking a promise to the American people."The meeting with House Democrats and another later with Democratic senators came as the president steps up his public engagements with lawmakers on pandemic aid and an economic recovery package, together his first legislative priority and a test of the...
    Reuters February 3, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden told congressional Democrats on Wednesday he would not back down on including $1,400 checks for struggling Americans in his COVID-19 relief plan but would consider tighter limits on who gets them, lawmakers and aides said. Biden held a conference call with House of Representatives Democrats and talked with Democratic senators at the White House as the party prepared to use a procedural maneuver to push Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package through without Republican votes if necessary. “We did have a conversation about the direct payments and how those might be modified in a way to ensure they’re targeted,” Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat from Biden’s home state of Delaware, said as he left the White House Wednesday morning. “But President Biden was clear with us and with our caucus yesterday, he’s not going to forget the middle class, he’s...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden, in his call with U.S. House Democrats on Wednesday, made it clear to lawmakers that they need to move forward with COVID-19 relief legislation, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries told reporters. Biden also emphasized the need to get $1,400 direct payments to "everyday Americans" after people earlier received $600, he said at a news briefing, although he gave no other details. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Susan Heavey, Editing by Franklin Paul) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: diseases, infectious diseases, public health, United States, coronavirus
    Governor Gavin Newsom is giving an update Wednesday morning on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine distribution.You can check back here at 10 a.m. to watch live.Newsom and the Biden-Harris Administration announced Wednesday a pilot project to create community vaccination sites in Oakland and Los Angeles.These sites, which will be based at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and California State University, Los Angeles, are part of an effort to establish 100 vaccination sites nationwide in the Biden administration's first 100 days.They will be co-run by FEMA and Cal OES."In the fight against COVID-19, partnership is key, especially when it comes to reaching Californians in underserved areas," said Newsom. "These new sites will help us get available supply to some of the California communities most in need. I thank the Biden Administration for standing with us as we continue our efforts to safely, swiftly and equitably vaccinate all Californians."Tuesday's California...
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, GOP senators begin talks; Dems push ahead Overnight Health Care: White House awards 0M to ramp up at-home test | Schumer vows Senate will take up 'bold' coronavirus bill | Biden officials defend two-dose strategy amid fears of variants Biden officials defend two-dose strategy amid fears of variants MORE emphasized Wednesday that vaccinating teachers is not required for safely reopening schools, citing data from her agency to say it is possible to return to in-person classes as long as other precautions are taken. “Vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for safe reopening of schools,” Walensky said during a press briefing. She added that while a CDC advisory committee has put teachers in the “1B” category for getting vaccines — the second priority group for vaccination — “I also want to...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden told House Democrats on a conference call Wednesday he is open to narrowing the distribution of $1,400 stimulus checks in his Covid-19 relief proposal to focus on poor and middle-class people, according to audio of the call obtained by CNN"I think we can better target the number," he said, according to the recording.In the call, Biden also warned his party about the dangers of engaging in intraparty battles, contending their strength is in their unity with narrow majorities in both the House and the Senate."We a hold a small majority in the House, and the barest majorities in the Senate, and we're gonna succeed or fail together," Biden said. "There have been three Democratic presidents in 28 years. Each one faced a tough midterm loss that cost a lot. It happened in '94 and it happened in 2010. We don't want to let that happen here. So,...
    Dr. Rochelle Walensky, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's appointee to run the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listens as Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams during a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, December 8, 2020.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Teachers do not need to get vaccinated against Covid-19 before schools can safely reopen, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. "There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters during a White House press briefing on Covid-19. "Vaccinations of teachers is not a prerequisite for safely reopening schools," she added. School systems across the U.S. have been under pressure to reopen after shifting to remote learning last year due to the...
    WASHINGTON —  The federal government is stepping in to help California speed up COVID-19 inoculations, announcing Wednesday the creation of two community vaccination centers, one of which will be located at Cal State in Los Angeles. Jeff Zients, who leads President Biden’s task force on COVID-19, said the initiative will help “two of the communities most hard hit by this pandemic.” The second center will be run out of the Oakland Coliseum. He said both locations will be run in partnership with the state but staffed mostly by federal workers, including officials from Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services. “These sites in California are just the beginning,” Zients said. The vaccination centers are part of the Biden administration’s effort to ramp up inoculations as new coronavirus variants emerge. California has struggled to deliver vaccines, and its initial efforts have been marred by...
    The House and Senate both kicked off the process to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan Tuesday evening. Both chambers passed procedural bills to move budget resolutions to their respective floors, the first step in the budget reconciliation process they're going to use to get the bill done, with or without Republican support. So far it's been without, and they'll need them less because Sen. Mitch McConnell finally broke, and the organizing resolution giving full control of the 50-50 Senate to Democrats has finally been agreed upon. That's a key hurdle on coronavirus relief out of the way. In a 50-49 party-line vote Tuesday afternoon, the Senate advanced the budget bill they'll use as the basis for the relief plan. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey was not present, so Democrats had the simple majority they needed. "We are not going to dilute, dither or delay," Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said...
    More On: Coronavirus NYC restaurant workers, taxi drivers are now eligible to receive COVID vaccine Health workers in Myanmar stop working amid COVID-19 outbreak to protest coup COVID-19 hoaxer banned from hospitals after posting photos of ’empty wards’ How Biden’s COVID relief bill could bail out NYC’s ailing eateries President Biden on Wednesday advertised that he’s open to new income limits on $1,400 stimulus checks in a bid to get his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief legislation through Congress. Biden made the remark first during a call with House Democrats and then in a closed-door White House meeting with Delaware’s two Democratic senators. The president is expected to meet with a larger group of Democratic senators and make remarks to the press around noon. “We did have a conversation about the direct payments and how those might be modified in a way to ensure they’re targeted,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.)...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Funeral: President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden paid their respects to the late U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick as an urn with his cremated remains lies in honor on a black-draped table at the center of Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.Photo: Leah Millis/Pool via AP   BRITAIN — Captain Tom: A woman walked past a mural of Captain Tom Moore in East Belfast, Northern Ireland on Wednesday. Captain Tom Moore passed away Tuesday after being treated for COVID-19 and was known for his achievements raising millions of pounds for the NHS medical care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.Photo: Peter Morrison/AP   MEXICO — Celebration: Dominican Republic’s Jonathan Villar, front, and Juan Perez celebrated after defeating Panama 11-6 in a Caribbean Series baseball game at Teodoro Mariscal Stadium in Mazatlan on Tuesday.Photo: Moises Castillo/AP  
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden is relying on his decades as a senator to convince former colleagues to move quickly on his debut legislative effort, waging an intensive push for the sweeping Covid-19 rescue package he hopes can garner Republican support.This week alone Biden has invited more than one-fifth of the Senate to meetings in the Oval Office and spoken to large meetings of Democrats in both the House and Senate by telephone. He will host Democratic Senate committee chairs in the Oval Office midday Wednesday.He's held smaller but lengthy sessions at the White House with longtime allies and surprised Republicans with private phone calls to discuss the plan.It remains uncertain whether his efforts can yield a bipartisan agreement, and Biden signaled to lawmakers on Wednesday he's unwilling to wait for Republicans to come along. Though it remains Biden's impulse to convince some Republicans to support his plan, Senate Democrats are...
    AMERICANS could receive their $1,400 stimulus check in just 12 days as coronavirus aid is getting fast-tracked. The looming third round of stimulus checks could be decided upon early this month - as President Joe Biden is pushing to pass a Covid-19 relief package. 2The looming third round of relief checks could be decided upon early this monthCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Credit: Twitter Democrats have voted to push through $1,400 stimulus checks in the $1.9trillion Covid relief bill without support from Republicans. According to CNET, checks could come soon if Congress passes the relief money on February 8 and gets it signed into law on February 9. If the stimulus checks were signed into law on February 9, the first direct deposit checks will be sent out to the public on February 15. During talks with the House caucus on Wednesday, President Biden reportedly spoke for about eight...
    President Biden told House Democrats in a phone call Wednesday he's still committed to pursuing a large COVID relief package even as Senate Republicans are pushing him for a much smaller, more targeted relief bill, but he also expressed a willingness to negotiate. "You have my back, I'll have yours," the president said, according to sources on the call.   Mr. Biden met with Republican senators on Monday to hear their proposal for a $600 COVID relief package, roughly a third of the size of the $1.9 trillion package the White House crafted. While the two plans have similar dollar figures allocated for a national vaccination program, testing, and disaster relief, the administration wants to spend more on unemployment insurance, stimulus checks, and aid to state and local governments, among other things.   Mr. Biden did not mention the GOP's plan during his call Wednesday, sources on the call told...
    Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, in comments on the Senate floor Wednesday, alleged that President Biden's staff and Democrats in Congress are preventing the president from making a deal with Republicans on coronavirus relief.  The comments from McConnell, R-Ky., came after a group of 10 moderate Republicans met with Biden Monday to discuss their just over $600 billion proposal -- Biden's is $1.9 trillion -- and ahead of a meeting Biden has with Senate Democrats Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Senate took a procedural step to begin the budget reconciliation process for coronavirus relief. Budget reconciliation is a once-per-fiscal year gambit that allows the Senate to go around the 60-vote filibuster requirement. "Yesterday, less than a day after several Senate Republicans spent two hours meeting with President Biden, Senate Democrats plowed ahead with a party-line vote to set the table for a partisan jam," McConnell said of Democrats' efforts to set the table...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden's nominee for education secretary is promising to help reopen schools but says much of the hardest work will come after that as schools try to address long-standing disparities worsened by the pandemic."These inequities will endure, and prevent the potential of this great country, unless tackled head-on," Miguel Cardona said in testimony prepared for a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing Wednesday. "And so it is our responsibility, and it would be my greatest privilege, if confirmed, to forge opportunity out of this crisis."Cardona, 45, became Connecticut's state education chief in 2019 after spending years as a teacher and administrator in the public school district in Meriden, Connecticut, which he also attended as a child. If confirmed, he is expected to play a pivotal role in supporting schools as they recover from a crisis that has laid bare many of their shortcomings.In his testimony,...
    Joe Biden doubled down on his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, reassuring Democrats he has their back as they lay the groundwork to muscle through the president's proposal without Republican support.  Biden called into the House Democratic Caucus weekly meeting on Wednesday morning, where he reassured his party a Republican proposal for $600 billion in relief is 'not even in the cards.'  'I’m not going to start my administration by breaking a promise to the American people,'  he said.  The president, in his five minute pep talk, told House Democrats to stick together. 'I have your back and you will have mine,' he said according to Politico.  He also vowed to boost stimulus checks to $2,000, by adding another $1,400 in direct payments as part of his relief measure.  Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with Democratic senators on the COVID relief proposal later Wednesday in the Oval Office.   The...
    More On: joe biden Biden says no family members will be involved in foreign policy Take the GOP deal, Mr. Prez: Goodwin Biden dithers on vaccination while COVID’s new strains rage With Navalny off to prison, the West must do more than condemn Putin’s regime WASHINGTON — A $25 billion grant program for struggling restaurants will be included in President Biden’s whopping $1.9 trillion coronavirus package — with a large chunk of that going to the Big Apple’s ailing eateries, The Post has learned. The details of the provision are still tentative but would allow eligible food service and drinking establishments to file for grants of up to $10 million to make up for lost revenue in 2020 caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a source familiar with the negotiations said. The fund would be available to eateries that are not part of a chain or franchise with more than...
    President Biden said during a call with House Democrats on Wednesday that he is committed to boosting stimulus checks to $2,000 by giving most Americans another $1,400 in direct payments in a new round of coronavirus relief. Biden also urged House Democrats to “go big, not small” on a new COVID-19 relief package and to stick together as they sell his nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan to the American people, according to a source on the call. "I'll have your back. I ask that you have mine,” Biden said.  “We have to go big, not small,” Biden told the lawmakers. “Every major poll shows the American people are with us.” He did not take questions from lawmakers during the five-minute call.  --Developing Tags coronavirus relief pandemic aid COVID-19 Stimulus direct payments
    Aides to President Biden and Democrats on the Hill are pushing him to take a harder line for a big coronavirus relief package than he otherwise would, surprising some in the White House orbit, according to a report. Politico reported Wednesday that one Biden adviser was taken aback by the White House's Monday night statement that took a harsh line against a coronavirus relief proposal from a group of 10 Republican senators. The statement followed a meeting between the Republicans and Biden to discuss their ideas. The Republicans' proposal is just over $600 billion while Biden's is $1.9 trillion.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that "Congress must respond boldly and urgently, and noted many areas which the Republican senators’ proposal does not address... he will not slow down work on this urgent crisis response, and will not settle for a package that fails to meet the moment." But one Biden adviser told Politico...
    This is a rush transcript from "The Ingraham Angle," January 29, 2021. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.   LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS HOST: Hello, everyone, I'm Laura Ingraham, and this is The Ingraham Angle from Washington tonight. With a big lineup for you. Senator Rand Paul and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard are here on the destructive political intelligence and media apparatus that is being constructed in the first weeks of the Biden administration.   Also, tonight, we're going to expose the real anti-vaxxers and ask why Dr. Fauci still continues to downplay an early and effective treatment for COVID. Our medicine cabinet digs in. And Biden bumbles why Kamala's family is covered in fluff. Raymond Arroyo has that in Friday Follies.   But first, the Left's persecution of Americans who don't echo their party line is getting more alarming by the...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will on Wednesday meet congressional Democrats preparing to advance his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan despite Republican pushback. A Democrat himself, Biden will call into the weekly meeting of Democratic representatives and later meet Democratic senators in the Oval Office, the White House said in a statement. Congressional Democrats on Tuesday took their first steps to fast-track the massive aid package, voting in both chambers to open debate on a spending resolution that would give them a legislative tool to pass the relief without Republican support. Democrats are pushing a new round of direct payments to individual Americans to help stimulate an economy ravaged by efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic which has killed nearly 450,000 people nationwide. Biden met a group of 10 moderate Republican senators on Monday and had said he wanted to garner bipartisan support for his...
    (CNN)In another time, Joe Biden might have been the emissary explaining to a president what is doable -- and what is not -- on Capitol Hill.He's done it before, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, telling Ronald Reagan that the nomination of Robert Bork was going to be a big problem. And as vice president, he shepherded President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package to get a handful of GOP votes.After 36 years in the Senate, the dynamic of legislating is second nature to Biden. That was obvious after his two-hour session with moderate Republicans the other day. And on Wednesday, Biden will dial into House Democrats' weekly caucus meeting before he and Vice President Kamala Harris meet with Democratic senators in the Oval Office. He is a man who loves being in the room.Bidens First 100 Days Comparing the Biden and GOP stimulus plans Fauci: US Covid-19 vaccine distribution...
    (CNN)Lawyers for former President Donald Trump filed a 14-page brief Tuesday that previews two main arguments we can expect to hear when the Senate impeachment trial kicks off next week: That the Senate cannot vote to impeach Trump when he no longer holds office That Trump's speech about the election and before the January 6 insurrection was protected by the First AmendmentThat first point has enough traction in the Senate that it is, at this point, very unlikely Trump will be convicted. Only five Republicans split from the party when GOP Sen. Rand Paul last week raised as a point of order that the trial of an ex-president was unconstitutional. To convict Trump at his trial, at least 17 Republicans would need to vote with all of the Democrats. But the stage is set for a contentious, divisive trial at a time when President Joe Biden is working to promote...
    Anthony FauciAnthony FauciWatch live: White House COVID-19 response team briefing Study: One dose of vaccine may be enough for people who had COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, GOP senators begin talks; Dems push ahead MORE, the nation's leading infectious disease doctor, on Wednesday, said there is still time to prevent new variants of the coronavirus from becoming the dominant strain in the United States.  "One of the ways you prevent the further evolution of virus to become mutational, the way you do that is to suppress the replication of the virus," Fauci said in an appearance on NBC's "Today" show.  That approach is two-fold, Fauci said.  "One, continue to double down on the public health measures to prevent spread from person to person and get as many people as you possibly can," he said. "The more people you have that are protected the less opportunity...
    The legacy auto industry is finally sending welcome signals that it’s serious about addressing climate change. We saw it last week when General Motors CEO Mary Barra pledged her company would completely transition to zero-emission vehicles by 2035. And we saw it Tuesday when Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and other manufacturers dropped their support for a Trump-era lawsuit seeking to block California from setting more environmentally friendly fuel standards. Whether it’s the turnover in the administration, President Joe Biden’s plan for tougher fuel standards and seriously addressing greenhouse gas emissions, or Bay Area-based electric-car producer Tesla leaving legacy manufacturers in the dust, other carmakers now seem to recognize the industry’s future lies in zero-emission vehicles. But exactly how committed some of them are to changing their ways remains to be seen. As we saw during Trump’s reign, car manufacturers can easily shift direction with the political winds. They are often more...
    Washington — The Senate on Tuesday cleared a procedural hurdle on the road to passing President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal, a signal that congressional Democrats will continue to move forward with a vote to provide more economic assistance whether or not Republicans come to the negotiating table. "We cannot, cannot afford to dither, delay or dilute. We need a big, bold package along the lines of what President Biden has proposed, the American Relief Plan. We hope that our Republican colleagues will join us in offering amendments," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a speech ahead of the vote on Tuesday. A motion to proceed to debate over the budget resolution that serves as the vehicle for the aid package passed by a 50 to 49 vote along party lines in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon. Democrats are eschewing the traditional method of passing legislation in...
                               Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday, and Groundhog Day told us that we have six more weeks of winter! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 441,324; Tuesday, 443,355; Wednesday, 446,885. Senate Democrats put their impatience on display Tuesday, voting to go it alone to provide up to $1.9 trillion in assistance to millions of hurting Americans rather than trim President Biden’s plan and delay momentum in search of a...
    Así busca Biden reunir a las familias separadas. ¿Cómo empezar a invertir en acciones si tienes poca o ninguna experiencia? Esto es lo que debes saber para comenzar el día. Primero la verdad. 1 Así busca Biden reunir a las familias separadas El presidente de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, firmó tres decretos el martes que apuntan contra las políticas de inmigración de línea dura de su predecesor y tratarán de rectificar las consecuencias de estas, incluso mediante el establecimiento de un grupo de trabajo diseñado para reunir a las familias separadas en la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México. Alejandro Mayorkas, el primer secretario de Seguridad Nacional latino e inmigrante Biden firma decretos sobre reunificación familiar, frontera e inmigración 6:00 2 ¿Cuál es la vacuna más eficaz contra el covid-19? La carrera por la vacunación no se detiene. Pero ¿cuál es la vacuna más eficaz contra el covid-19? Mientras algunas...
    With President Biden relaxing Tuesday some immigration policies bolstered under the Trump administration, U.S. health and immigration officials have been vague about coronavirus testing for people caught crossing the southern border illegally. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has reported an uptick in migrant apprehensions in the wake of some of Biden’s new policies, especially near the Rio Grande Valley and Tucson, Arizona.FAST FACTS It’s unclear just how many migrants caught crossing the border have COVID-19, but the illness has killed a number of detainees during the pandemic. The president announced this week a new task force designed to reunite children who had been separated from their families CBP said it began taking COVID-19 precautions back in March 2020, around the beginning of the pandemic. Follow below for more updates on the Biden White House. Mobile users click here. 
    With President Biden relaxing Tuesday some immigration policies bolstered under the Trump administration, U.S. health and immigration officials have been vague about coronavirus testing for people caught crossing the southern border illegally. Customs and Border Patrol has reported an uptick in migrant apprehensions in the wake of some of Biden’s new policies, especially near the Rio Grande Valley and Tucson, Arizona. CBP said it began taking COVID-19 precautions back in March 2020, around the beginning of the pandemic. BIDEN SIGNS NEW IMMIGRATION ORDERS TO ERASE TRUMP PROGRAMS "By processing in the field and quickly expelling individuals who cross the border illegally, we protect them, our agents, and the American public from potential exposure to COVID-19," CBP said in a statement Tuesday. "These measures will remain in place until the CDC Director determines that the danger of the further introduction of COVID-19 into the United States has ceased to be a serious danger...
    Reuters February 2, 2021 0 Comments Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday took the first step toward fast-tracking President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill without Republican support.  The Senate voted along party lines, with Democrats edging out Republicans 50-49, to open debate on a fiscal 2021 budget resolution with coronavirus aid spending instructions. Using this strategy unlocks a legislative tool needed for Democrats to enact Biden’s package in the face of Republican opposition. Republicans have pushed back on Biden’s $1.9 trillion price tag, which follows $4 trillion in COVID-19 aid last year.  The Democratic president, who took office on Jan. 20, told Democratic senators in an online luncheon meeting on Tuesday that although he was willing to make some modifications to his proposal, a Senate Republican counter-proposal was inadequate. On Monday, Biden met with 10 Senate Republicans to discuss their scaled-back $618 billion plan. “He...
    More from: Betsy McCaughey Cuomos coverup over — as NY has failed to crack down on awful nursing homes Why is Biden looking to give free vaccines to other nations before US reaches herd immunity? Too many states are bungling vaccinations — the feds need to step in Why New Yorks COVID-19 vaccine rollout stalled and how to fix it Move cancer patients to front of COVID-19 vaccine line Two straight weeks of good news: COVID-19 cases are declining, hospitalizations are likewise down and the daily pace of vaccinations is on the rise nationwide. What’s not to celebrate? Plenty, sadly. The nation’s leading infectious-disease experts are warning that the situation is dire, because new, more dangerous strains of the novel coronavirus threaten the success of the US vaccination ­effort. They caution that we’re in a race to vaccinate the American population before the virus becomes vaccine-resistant. Message to the...
    The White House announced Tuesday new measures to increase the rate of vaccinations against COVID-19, including distributing vaccines to select pharmacies across the country.  “Building on last week’s announcement, the Biden-Harris Administration will increase overall, weekly vaccine supply to states, Tribes, and territories to 10.5-million doses nationwide beginning this week,” a statement from the White House said, noting that this constitutes a 22% increase in vaccine supply since President Joe Biden took office January 20.  The statement also said the federal government would reimburse states and territories for supplies like masks and gloves as the U.S. continues to battle record numbers of virus infections and deaths.  People wait in their vehicles after receiving a shot at the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site, in Los Angeles, California, Feb. 1, 2021.The statement included a list of pharmacies which are expected to carry the vaccine as soon as next week, noting that...
    A group of House Democrats led by Reps. Cori Bush (Mo.) and Nanette Diaz Barragán (Calif.) wrote President Biden and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday, expressing their concern over how communities of color most affected by COVID-19 have received the vaccine disproportionately less. “While the COVID-19 crisis affects every American, it is the latest disease to infect and kill Black and Latino Americans at higher rates than people in the rest of the population. We have seen firsthand what this crisis is doing to our communities, especially those that are low-income and do not have access to the services they need to stay healthy and pay the bills,” the lawmakers wrote. According to The COVID Tracking Project, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in the U.S. have contracted COVID-19 during the pandemic at a higher rate than White Americans. Specifically, Black Americans are more...
    During a press conference on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that President Joe Biden “is totally on board with using reconciliation” to pass coronavirus relief and that using reconciliation “is what President Biden wants us to do, and that is what we’re doing.” Schumer said, “Joe Biden is totally on board with using reconciliation. I’ve been talking to him every day. Our staffs have been talking multiple times a day.” He later added, “Look, we’re moving forward under the reconciliation. That is what President Biden wants us to do, and that is what we’re doing.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    DEMOCRATS have voted to push through $1,400 stimulus checks in the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill without GOP support, as Biden “won’t settle” for the Republicans’ smaller package proposal.  Biden made a virtual appearance at the Senate Democrats’ weekly luncheon ahead of the vote, in which he revealed the details of his two-hour meeting with GOP senators. 4Biden has said he "would not settle" for a support package that was too smallCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4President Biden reportedly told Republicans he was willing to make some modifications to his packageCredit: AFP or licensors “He said that he told Senate Republicans that the $600 billion dollars that they proposed was way too small,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said after the lunch. Biden reportedly warned the 10 Senate Republicans after their meeting in the Oval Office on Monday night he would not “settle” for their support package.  As the two...
    Former Rep. Bob McEwen, R-Ohio, says Democrats are attempting to exploit their own agenda in the COVID-19 relief bill, despite willingness from Republicans to negotiate on the proposed $1.9 trillion package. "The idea of trying to negotiate or being considered is something I think Republicans would like to do," McEwen told Newsmax TVs "American Agenda." "The numbers are outstanding. The two worst locations, of course, are New York and California, where they wont open the economy. If they would, this thing could write itself very rapidly. But their desire is to reach into the federal till to write these checks. "This is above and beyond the budget, such as the $15 minimum wage. This doesnt have anything to do with budget. This is their agenda that they wish to exploit the first few days in office, such as the 1776 commission that he couldnt even wait until the end of...
    The Biden administration will start shipping COVID-19 vaccines directly to U.S. pharmacies next week, ramping up immunizations as new and potentially more serious variants are appearing, the White House said on Tuesday.  Jeff Zients, coordinator of the president's COVID-19 task force, said some 6,500 retail pharmacies around the country will receive a total of one million doses.  The pharmacy program will be administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and includes major outlets such as CVS Health. Walgreens Co, Walmart Inc, Rite Aid Co and Costco Wholesale, as well as supermarket pharmacies.  The number of participating pharmacies is expected to grow as drugmakers increase production, allowing more doses to be allocated - and the program is separate from the one using pharmacies to vaccinate nursing home residents.  Drug stores have become a mainstay for flu shots and shingles vaccines, and the industry is capable of vaccinating tens of...
    Senate Democrats took a first step on Tuesday toward passing a coronavirus relief bill — with or without GOP support. The Senate voted 50-49 to proceed to a budget resolution that greenlights passing a separate coronavirus relief bill through reconciliation, avoiding a 60-vote legislative filibuster. The House is expected to pass its budget resolution on Wednesday. The Senate will now need to go through tens of hours of debate and a marathon session known as a vote-a-rama, before they can hold a final vote on the budget resolution. Democratic leaders voiced confidence that they would have the support from within the caucus to get started. Because Democrats have a slim 50-seat majority they need the support from every member of the caucus to advance and ultimately pass the budget resolution in the face of what is shaping up to be unanimous opposition from Senate Republicans. "The Senate must move forward...
    Tom Vilsack, President Biden's nominee for secretary of agriculture, pledged Tuesday to focus on climate change initiatives and work to address racial inequities in agricultural assistance programs. In testimony before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, he said he'd bring on-the-job experience to the position. If anything, this was an understatement, since Vilsack has already served as secretary of agriculture — for an eight-year stint during the Obama administration. "It's not lost on me, ironically, that this is Groundhog Day, and I realize that I'm back again," Vilsack told the committee.  Seventy-year-old Vilsack, also the former two-term governor of Iowa, sought to dispel concerns that he would be returning to the job with antiquated ideas. "This is a fundamentally different time," he said, referencing a need to rebuild parts of the country's agricultural infrastructure in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. "The reality is we lacked openness, fairness...
    President Biden urged Senate Democrats in a call Tuesday to “go big” and move quickly on a COVID-19 relief bill, signaling that he is rejecting a $618 proposal sponsored by 10 GOP senators as “too small” even though he is open to some of their ideas. “It was clear,” said Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineCongressional Democrats are on the wrong side of impeachment politics Biden wants Democrats to keep Trump trial short How McConnell derailed Trump's impeachment trial before it started MORE (D-Va.) after the call. “Go big and be prompt because the American public is really hurting and really needs this.” Biden told Democrats that his clear preference is for Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion package, despite concerns voiced by Republicans about the impact on the deficit. Kaine said Biden didn’t close any doors to working with Republicans but he wants Democrats to move a large package...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The White House announced Tuesday retail pharmacies will receive direct shipments of 1 million doses of COVID vaccines next week. That is welcome news for local officials as they’re trying to increase the number of people getting shots. Finding a COVID vaccine should be getting a little easier with a growing number of retail pharmacies soon to be offering shots. People over 65 and those with medical conditions qualify to be vaccinated along with frontline workers. But Philadelphia is still limiting vaccinations for people under the age of 75. Philadelphia will open new mass vaccination clinics on Feb. 22. The locations have not been announced yet but people would be invited after signing up on the city’s vaccine interest website. “We are trying to do this fast, trying to do it in a way that will save the most lives and we’re trying to do this with racial equity,”...
    Joe Biden told Republicans their $600 billion COVID relief plan was 'too small' as the Senate voted to proceed with a way to muscle through the president's trillion dollar proposal without GOP support. The motion passed 50-49 on a party line vote. Republican Senator Pat Toomey was absent, meaning Vice President Kamala Harris wasn't need to break a tie. Ahead of the vote, President Biden made a virtual appearance at Senate Democrats' weekly luncheon on Tuesday, where he revealed the details of his meeting with GOP senators the previous night. The ten lawmakers had proposed a compromise relief package that was one-third of the amount the president wanted. 'He said that he told Senate Republicans that the $600 billion dollars that they proposed was way too small,' Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said after the lunch.  Schumer conceded there may have to be some compromise from Biden's $1.9 trillion proposal that...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris has spent her first two weeks in office working with the president on coronavirus relief, consulting with the head of the World Health Organization and talking with the prime minister of Canada. It’s her interview with a local news station in West Virginia, though, that’s getting more attention — and not in a good way. West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate whose support is critical to the success of President Joe Biden’s agenda in Congress, didn’t take kindly to the vice president’s effort to put public pressure on him in his home state by urging passage of a $1.9 trillion virus relief package, especially when he had no warning it was coming. “I couldn’t believe it. No one called me,” Manchin said later on the same TV station. “We’re going to try to find a bipartisan pathway forward, I think we...
    Senate Democrats advanced a key budget resolution Tuesday that paves the way for speedy and unilateral passage of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package. Democrats pass the resolution 50-49. The measure largely replicates a proposal sent to Congress from President Biden, providing $1.9 trillion in new aid. It includes instructions for House and Senate lawmakers to craft legislation that provides a new round of $1,400 stimulus checks, $400-per-week enhancement in unemployment insurance and $350 billion for state and local governments to compensate for lost tax revenue during the pandemic. The measure excludes language in the Biden bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 billion. The budget resolution will allow Democrats to pass the Covid aid bill with just 51 votes, rather than the usual 60 votes. Republicans oppose the Covid aid measure and say it should be narrowed to target combating the virus and providing new stimulus checks...
    (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said President Joe Biden told Senate Democrats at lunch Tuesday that he wants a "big, bold package" on Covid-19 relief and that he told Senate Republicans that their $600 billion proposal is "way too small."It was a point White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated during her briefing -- there are certain "bottom lines" that Biden wants to be in the next round of Covid-19 relief, including direct payments reaching more Americans than what the Republican proposal would include."His view is that at this point in our country, when 1-in-7 American families don't have enough food to eat, we need to make sure people get the relief they need and are not left behind," Psaki said. She again said the administration views the risk "is not going too big, it is going too small."The discussions come as Biden lobbies to pass a $1.9 trillion relief...
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) pressed Kathleen Hicks, President Joe Biden’s deputy defense secretary nominee, during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday — questioning the “unconscionable” funds spend on the military while 400,000 Americans died of the coronavirus. “I have been very critical about the size of the defense budget. It’s long been a concern of mine. But after last year, watching more than 400,000 fellow Americans die, tens of millions unemployed due to Covid-19,” Warren said to Hicks. “Millions more lined up at food banks, and even millions more that are on the threshold of losing their homes and being put out on the street. Spending $740 billion a yeaar on this one piece of the federal budget is unconscionable.” Warren continued to condemn the federal government for over spending on the military while underspending on civilians and public health measures amid a global pandemic. “Let me ask the question this...
    The Biden administration will be delivering the COVID-19 vaccine directly to retail pharmacies across the country, the White House and federal health officials announced Tuesday.  The federal government's partnership in this effort includes 21 national pharmacies and will eventually encompass 40,000 locations across the country.  "This will provide more sites for people to get vaccinated in their communities, and it's an important component to delivering vaccines equitably," said Jeffrey Zients, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, in a briefing with reporters. "This pharmacy program will expand access in neighborhoods across the country so you can make an appointment and get your shot conveniently and quickly." For now, however, the supply is limited, and vaccinations will initially only be available at a few thousand sites.  "I want to set expectations appropriately," Zients said. "Due to the current supply constraints, this will be limited when it begins next week. In this...
    Savannah Rychcik February 2, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) is throwing his support behind budget reconciliation while urging his colleagues to work with Republicans on another COVID-19 relief package. “I will vote to move forward with the budget process because we must address the urgency of the COVID-19 crisis. But let me be clear – and these are words I shared with President Biden – our focus must be targeted on the COVID-19 crisis and Americans who have been most impacted by this pandemic,” Manchin said in a statement on Tuesday. He added, “The President remains hopeful that we can have bipartisan support moving forward. I will only support proposals that will get us through and end the pain of this pandemic. For the sake of the country, we must work together with laser focus to defeat the COVID-19 crisis, support our neighbors and communities who continue to...
    A man waits for pharmacist Joe Borge in Danvers, MA on Feb. 1, 2021. On the first day of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 rollout, seniors, 75 and over, get vaccinated in the Walgreens Pharmacy, at 107 High Street, in Danvers.Pat Greenhouse | Boston Globe | Getty Images The U.S. will increase its weekly shipments of Covid-19 vaccine doses to states by 5% and send some doses directly to pharmacies to expand access to the life-saving shots nationwide, the Biden administration's Covid-19 response team said Tuesday. The federal goverment will now send a minimum of 10.5 million doses per week for the next three weeks across the U.S., White House Covid response coordinator Jeff Zients said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday. The increase comes a week after the White House said it would up supply to states by 16% over the next three weeks. The administration is also...
    WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration will begin shipping COVID-19 vaccines to U.S. pharmacies next week, ramping up vaccinations as new and potentially more serious virus strains are appearing, the White House said Tuesday.Coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said some 6,500 pharmacies around the country will receive a total of 1 million doses of vaccine. The number of participating pharmacies is expected to grow as drugmakers increase production, allowing more doses to be allocated.Drug stores have become a mainstay for flu shots and shingles vaccines, and the industry is capable of vaccinating tens of millions of people monthly."This will provide more sites for people to get vaccinated in their communities," said Zients, underscoring that due to supply constraints the initial availability will be limited. A priority will be to get the vaccine to minority communities that have suffered a disproportionately high toll of disease and deaths from the virus, he said.EMBED More...
    The federal government will begin a new initiative to ship vaccine doses directly to commercial pharmacies next week in an effort to make immunizations more accessible to people eligible for the shots. “This will provide more sites for people to get vaccinated in their communities, and it's an important component to delivering vaccines equitably,” COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters on Tuesday. This will be the first phase of the Biden administration’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination, and Zients warned that the pace of deliveries, beginning Feb. 11, will start out slowly due to supply constraints. President Biden pledged last week that his team had already begun “to ramp up the vaccine supply as fast as we can.” “In this first phase of the program, supply will be at only about 6,500 stores nationwide before expanding,” Zients said. “In the early phase, many pharmacies...
    Amid all the pain and disruption, a year of coronavirus has given Americans a new respect for those working to keep daily life as normal as possible, from the frontline nurse to the Amazon delivery man. Near the top of this honor roll is an especially unsung hero: the Catholic-school teacher. The National Catholic Education Association reports that its schools boast a total enrollment of 1,626,291. In ordinary times their teachers do an extraordinary job, especially for their poor and minority students. As Justice Sonia Sotomayor once said, "Catholic schools have been a pipeline to opportunity" for people like her—poor, Latina, raised by a single mom. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Catholic-school administrators have moved heaven and earth to keep their classrooms open to new generations of Sotomayors. CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTER "The science is clear that there is no substitute for in-person learning, especially for poor and...
    More On: airports Passenger at Oakland Airport issued bomb threat because he was ‘upset’ by delay First US airport selling coronavirus tests in vending machines Accused Capitol rioter ID’d at airport after getting kicked off plane Former TSA officer sentenced for tricking LAX traveler into showing her breasts Airport TSA agents can now deny entry to travelers who aren’t wearing masks, with President Joe Biden’s executive order requiring face coverings on public transportation going into effect Tuesday. “Starting today, air travelers without a mask may be denied entry through the TSA checkpoint, boarding the aircraft or continued transport,” TSA rep Lisa Farbstein said on Twitter early Tuesday. “Failure to comply with the mask requirement can also result in civil penalties,” Farbstein said. Travelers over 2 years old must now wear their face coverings at all times, with the exception of temporary removal for ID verification, and briefly eating, drinking,...
    Washington (CNN)Former President Donald Trump lost reelection over voters' dissatisfaction with his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, his own pollster said in a post-campaign report, disputing the key argument Trump has repeatedly made that he lost because of voter fraud, despite a lack of evidence.Voters felt President Joe Biden was "better to handle coronavirus" than Trump, according to a post-2020 election analysis of publicly available survey data from Trump's campaign pollster, Tony Fabrizio. The pandemic "was the most important issue" among voters in 10 key states and that Biden carried those voters "nearly 3 to 1," Fabrizio says in a 27-page analysis which rests on average results from the National Election Pool exit polls conducted for CNN and other media as well as AP's VoteCast."While (Trump) dominated among voters focused on the economy, Biden won Coronavirus voters, which was a bigger share of the electorate," said the report, which was...
    Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinBiden faces crossroads on virus relief bill Schumer vows Senate will take up 'bold' coronavirus bill, rejecting GOP offer White House says it's been in touch with Manchin MORE (D-W.Va.), a pivotal centrist swing vote, announced Tuesday he will vote to advance a Democratic budget resolution, while warning that he wants leadership to work with Republicans on a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package. “I will vote to move forward with the budget process because we must address the urgency of the COVID-19 crisis. But let me be clear — these are words I shared with President Biden — our focus must be on the COVID-19 crisis and Americans who have been most impacted by this pandemic,” Manchin said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. Manchin’s remarks signal that even though he will support fellow Democrats on a key procedural vote to set up passing a COVID-19 relief...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to the media during a news conference in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2021.Al Drago | Reuters Congress will take its first votes Tuesday on the path toward passing Democrats' $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Both the House and Senate plan to hold procedural votes on a budget resolution, which will unlock the reconciliation process. It will allow Democrats to approve rescue legislation without any Republican support. Democrats have argued they need to inject more money into the health and economic response as soon as possible. While a handful of Republicans hope to strike a smaller deal after meeting with President Joe Biden on Monday, they face a challenge in finding a middle ground between Democrats' plan and the GOP's $618 billion offer. "Time is a luxury our country does not have," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in...
    NEW $1,400 stimulus checks could be sent out next week as the Senate vote on the $1.9 trillion Covid relief budget today. Senate Majority leader Charles Schumer has urged Republicans to "cooperate" as the initial procedural vote goes ahead this afternoon. 1The budget resolution is expected to pass on WednesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty Once the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill is passed, it will allow Democrats to avoid a 60-vote filibuster for a separate relief bill. The relief package, called the American Rescue Plan is facing pushback from Republican lawmakers, who in 2020 resisted Dem's efforts to pass a $2 trillion bill. "The Senate is going to move forward this week with the process for producing the next bold rescue package. "The Senate will vote to proceed on the budget resolution this afternoon," Schumer said. The budget resolution is expected to pass on Wednesday. The decision...
    The Senate will vote Tuesday afternoon on a motion to proceed with the budget resolution for President Biden's $1.9 trillion proposal responding to the coronavirus pandemic, a signal that congressional Democrats are willing to move forward with a vote on economic relief whether or not Republicans come to the negotiating table. "We are not going to dilute, dither or delay," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday. "The Senate must move forward today with a vote to begin debate on a budget resolution, and I'm optimistic that the motion to proceed will pass." Democrats are planning to eschew the traditional method of passing legislation in the Senate, which requires 60 votes to end debate on most legislation, in favor of an expedited process known as budget reconciliation that allows legislation to pass with a simple majority of 51 votes. Schumer and House Speaker Nancy...
    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to U.S. pharmacies, part of its plan to ramp up vaccinations as new and potentially more serious virus strains are starting to appear. A White House announcement was expected Tuesday, a person familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement. Initially the government will be shipping limited quantities of vaccine to drug stores around the country, but that's expected to accelerate as drugmakers increase production. Drug stores have become a mainstay for flu shots and shingles vaccines, and the industry is capable of vaccinating tens of millions of people monthly. The partnership with drug stores was originally announced by the Trump administration last November. At that time, no coronavirus vaccines had been approved. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material...
    House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said in a statement Tuesday that President Joe Biden handing out vaccines to illegal immigrants before U.S. citizens should be considered a “slap in the face” to millions of Americans waiting for the coronavirus vaccine. Scalise, the ranking member of the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, released a statement after Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Monday that the agency would provide “equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines” for “undocumented immigrants.” “It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine. DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines,” the DHS explained in a statement Monday. DHS continued: To reach underserved and rural communities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in collaboration with federal partners, will coordinate efforts...
    The Biden administration will begin distributing Covid-19 vaccines directly to retail pharmacies across the United States, according to President Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisor Jeff Zients. The White House Covid-19 Response team held a press briefing on Tuesday to announce updates on the nation’s vaccine supply and rollout plan, including the launch of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. “We have increased supply by more than 20 percent since we took office. And we have succeeded in our efforts to secure the equipment required to extract a sixth dose from Pfizer’s vials,” Zients said. “Vaccine kits ship to states, tribe, and territories with Pfizer vials now contain the syringe required to get enable a 20 percent increase in the Pfizer doses.” Zients also clarified that these vaccine vials will be shipped in addition to the 10.5 million doses that are set to be distributed this week. Explaining that the program aims...
    Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation nomination hearings to examine his expected nomination to be Secretary of Transportation in Washington.Ken Cedeno | Reuters The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Pete Buttigieg as Transportation secretary, handing the former presidential candidate a wide array of challenges — from President Joe Biden's environmental priorities to the Covid-19 pandemic. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, last week easily won approval from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, following a largely friendly hearing. He was quizzed on issues related to Covid-19, much-needed infrastructure improvement and strengthening the powers of the Federal Aviation Administration if he took the reins of the 55,000-person DOT. In its first two weeks, the Biden administration has already taken a hard line on transportation measures that aim to curb the spread of Covid-19. Biden extended an entry ban on most non-U.S. citizens who have...
    WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to U.S. pharmacies, part of its plan to ramp up vaccinations as new and potentially more serious virus strains are starting to appear.A White House announcement was expected Tuesday, a person familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement.Initially the government will be shipping limited quantities of vaccine to drug stores around the country, but that's expected to accelerate as drugmakers increase production. Drug stores have become a mainstay for flu shots and shingles vaccines, and the industry is capable of vaccinating tens of millions of people monthly.The partnership with drug stores was originally announced by the Trump administration last November. At that time, no coronavirus vaccines had been approved.EMBED More News Videos A winter storm in the Northeast is impacting COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the area.
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden and a group of 10 Senate Republicans have offered competing proposals to help the United States respond to the coronavirus pandemic and provide economic relief to businesses and families.The president is met with the senators on Monday at the White House in what press secretary Jen Psaki described as "an exchange of ideas" and not a forum for Biden to "make or accept an offer." Meanwhile, Democratic leaders in Congress are laying the groundwork for taking up Biden's proposal in the coming weeks.The topline numbers are this: Biden's plan calls for an additional $1.9 trillion in federal spending. The 10 GOP senators are calling for about $618 billion in federal spending.The aid would come on top of the $900 billion coronavirus package that Congress passed in December and the $2.2 trillion package passed in March.A look at the major differences:AID TO INDIVIDUALSBiden is proposing $1,400...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden and a group of 10 Senate Republicans have offered competing proposals to help the United States respond to the coronavirus pandemic and provide economic relief to businesses and families.The president met with the senators on Monday at the White House in what press secretary Jen Psaki described as "an exchange of ideas" and not a forum for Biden to "make or accept an offer." Meanwhile, Democratic leaders in Congress are laying the groundwork for taking up Biden's proposal in the coming weeks.The topline numbers are this: Biden's plan calls for an additional $1.9 trillion in federal spending. The 10 GOP senators are calling for about $618 billion in federal spending.The aid would come on top of the $900 billion coronavirus package that Congress passed in December and the $2.2 trillion package passed in March.EMBED More News Videos A winter storm in the Northeast is impacting...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to U.S. pharmacies, part of its plan to ramp up vaccinations as new and potentially more serious virus strains are starting to appear. A White House announcement was expected Tuesday, a person familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement. Initially the government will be shipping limited quantities of vaccine to drug stores around the country, but that’s expected to accelerate as drugmakers increase production. Drug stores have become a mainstay for flu shots and shingles vaccines, and the industry is capable of vaccinating tens of millions of people monthly. The partnership with drug stores was originally announced by the Trump administration last November. At that time, no coronavirus vaccines had been approved. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be...
    Loading the player... Journalist Biba Adams is no stranger to the hurt that has swept the nation as COVID-19 claims lives at a staggering pace. She lost her aunt, grandmother and her mother to the disease within weeks of each other in 2020. Three of the most important women in Adams’ life—faithful women of God who would be found in the pews of New Testament of God in Christ church in Detroit, Michigan— who poured into Adams and helped mold the woman she is today, were gone. Read More: Birthday parade planned for 103-year-old COVID survivor Biba Adams with her family, including mother and grandmother (Photo courtesy of Adams) “All we hear about every day is how many thousands, 400,000. This many thousands… and that number is getting so high that you can start to seem unreal, especially if you might not know someone who died personally,” Adams, who...