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    House Democrats will move forward with a vote Friday on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, regardless of if they are able to sway any Republicans between then and now. In a tweet sent Tuesday afternoon, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that the body would vote at the end of the week on the legislation, saying, “The American people strongly support this bill, and we are moving swiftly to see it enacted into law.” Democrats are aiming to get the bill to Biden’s desk by March 14, when a litany of federal programs are set to expire. As a result, the bill has next-to-no chance at securing any Republican support. Speaking to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday evening, Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said that was something the party would live with if the bill was pushed through. People wait in line to receive COVID-19...
    More On: us house of representatives Congress holds candlelight vigil for 500K Americans who died from COVID-19 NYC plans for at-home shots of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine GOP will reportedly target ‘liberal goodies’ in COVID relief package Man threatened to kill lawmakers, black people to start civil war: feds House Democrats will move forward with a vote Friday on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, regardless of if they are able to sway any Republicans between then and now. In a tweet sent Tuesday afternoon, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that the body would vote at the end of the week on the legislation, saying, “The American people strongly support this bill, and we are moving swiftly to see it enacted into law.” Democrats are aiming to get the bill to Biden’s desk by March 14, when a litany of federal programs are set to...
    Originally Published by: San Francisco School Board reaches agreement on reopening Coronavirus in the US: State-by-state breakdown COVID-19 vaccine success won’t eliminate virus risk, UK concludes Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that his country is doing better than the US in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. “The most powerful nation on earth, our neighbor, did worse than us.” López Obrador said — after noting that comparing the two countries was in “bad taste.” López Obrador has both defended and praised former President Trump in recent weeks. He called Mark Zuckerberg “arrogant” last month after the Facebook CEO blocked him from the platform. “I felt he was very self-important and very arrogant,” López Obrador said, according to Reuters. “A court of censorship like the Inquisition to manage public opinion … This is really serious.” López Obrador also told President Biden that he had a good working relationship with the previous Trump administration. “I...
    US President Joe Biden speaks about the American Rescue Plan and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses in response to coronavirus, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, February 22, 2021.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images More than 150 New York chief executives urged Congress to pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid stimulus package in a letter Wednesday. "Previous federal relief measures have been essential, but more must be done to put the country on a trajectory for a strong, durable recovery," the letter said. "The country's business community is prepared to work with you to achieve these critical objectives." Notable signatories include Goldman Sachs' David Solomon, BlackRock's Larry Fink, Deutsche Bank Americas' Christiana Riley, and Blackstone's Steve Schwarzman — who previously backed former GOP President Donald Trump. "It's an important signal of the kind of breadth of support that we're seeing for this rescue...
    AMERICANS could get their $1,400 stimulus checks within weeks as the House is set to vote on President Joe Biden's $1.9trillion Covid relief bill on Friday. A third round of stimulus checks are likely to reach taxpayers' bank accounts next month as full U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Biden's huge $1.9trillion relief package later this week. 1The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Biden's $1.9trillion relief package later this week In a Tuesday night tweet, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer wrote: "The House will vote on Friday on @POTUS’ #AmericanRescuePlan to end this pandemic and deliver urgently needed relief to America’s families and small businesses. "The American people strongly support this bill, and we are moving swiftly to see it enacted into law." A Rules Committee Meeting Notice was also shared to Twitter on Tuesday night. It read: "The Committee on Rules will meet Friday, February 26 at 9:30 AM via...
    SCOTUS debate, William Burns confirmation hearing, Tiger Woods: 5 things you need to know Wednesday Putin warns of foreign efforts to destabilize Russia © Evan Vucci/AP President Joe Biden at a meeting with labor leaders in the Oval Office on February 17. Evan Vucci/AP President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order Wednesday to review US supply chains. The order would seek to boost US production of key goods and limit exposure to global disruptions. The US saw shortages of medical equipment and electric chips during the pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order Wednesday meant to strengthen US supply chains. White House officials briefed reporters about the plans late Tuesday. The moves comes after damaging struggles for medical workers to secure enough protective equipment early in the coronavirus pandemic as well as a...
    (CNN)In the last several days, we've seen the earliest signs of Democratic divisions popping up. In a normal Senate where there were a few votes to spare, one member wouldn't have so much power. But, if you have watched closely, you've seen the wave that a single senator's comments can bring when they talk about what they can support in a bill or in a nominee. Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has done this on the minimum wage. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, has almost single handedly sunk a Biden nominee with a statement. That's going to be the emerging story of the next two years.The Biden administration and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have their work cut out for them when it comes to advancing their agenda and that's not because they are bad at whipping votes or laying out a policy vision. It's because the numbers...
    More than 150 New York-based CEOs and other business leaders are expressing support for President BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package, the American Rescue Plan. In a joint letter released by the Partnership for New York City on Wednesday, the CEOs of major brands including Zillow, McGraw-Hill and Squarespace called on congressional leaders to pass the plan immediately. "Previous federal relief measures have been essential, but more must be done to put the country on a trajectory for a strong, durable recovery. Congress should act swiftly and on a bipartisan basis to authorize a stimulus and relief package along the lines of the Biden-Harris administration’s proposed American Rescue Plan," the business executives wrote. "The American Rescue Plan mobilizes a national vaccination program, delivers economic relief to...
    For many, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is essentially one of the last major in-person events without masks or coronavirus pandemic restrictions before the shutdown began.  Now, one year later, both the world and CPAC 2021 are very different.  The annual conservative confab has moved from Maryland to Orlando, Florida, due to coronavirus restrictions. "It was a very intentional decision to go to Florida," American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp told Fox News. Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S., February 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RC1556BA8460 (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) TRUMP SHOULD FOCUS ON 2022 ELECTIONS, NOT 2024, IN CPAC ADDRESS: NEWT GINGRICH "We considered other states, Tennessee, Georgia Florida, Texas ... Florida just seems like the obvious place," he said. "You know, the city of Orlando obviously has got the infrastructure to take a big conference....
    How Texass deregulated market for power led to exorbitant electric bills CPAC to put 2020 election claims center stage just weeks after Capitol attack © Evan Vucci/AP President Joe Biden at a meeting with labor leaders in the Oval Office on February 17, 2021. Evan Vucci/AP President Joe Biden plans to sign an Executive Order Wednesday to review US supply chains.  The order will aim to boost US production of key goods, and limit exposure to disruptions.  The US saw shortages of medical equipment and electric chips during the pandemic.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. President Joe Biden is plans to sign an Executive Order on Wednesday, aimed at strengthening US supply chains. White House officials briefed reporters about the plans late Tuesday. The moves comes after damaging struggles under President Donald Trump to secure enough protective equipment to for medics to battle...
    Reuters February 24, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Friday on legislation to provide $1.9 trillion in new coronavirus relief, Representative Steny Hoyer, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, said. “The American people strongly support this bill, and we are moving swiftly to see it enacted into law,” Hoyer said on Twitter on Tuesday. The House Budget Committee approved the measure on Monday. Passing more relief to ease the economic effects of the pandemic is a top priority of Democratic President Joe Biden. Although polls show Americans want more economic support, Democrats – who narrowly control Congress – and Republicans differ sharply over how best to provide it. The U.S. coronavirus death toll this week surpassed the grim benchmark of 500,000 victims. Millions more have been left jobless by the pandemic. The sweeping legislation is intended to stimulate the U.S. economy and carry out Biden’s...
    There was an odd moment at Tuesday’s White House daily briefing when a reporter noted Monday night’s memorial to the 500,000 Americans killed by the coronavirus, but then asked what else the administration was thinking of doing to honor the dead. President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff participated in a moving ceremony Monday night to mark the grim milestone, during which President Biden spoke poignantly about the loss of life so far. That apparently wasn’t enough for one reporter, the AP’s Josh Boak, who asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki, “You’ve been asked repeatedly about how we should properly memorialize the deaths from the coronavirus, after last night’s service, has this administration given any more thought in terms of how to honor the dead?” “Well first, I don’t know, I watched last night and I’m pretty, you know, I’ve seen a...
    It was a rhetorical question, but Republicans are happily taking President Biden up on his offer to propose cuts to his $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package. Biden, though, does not seem to be listening to their suggestions. Biden is being squeezed from opposite ends of the Democratic Party, represented by socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and centrist West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, as he pushes his "American Rescue Plan" through Congress. Despite promising to be a president for all people, he is using his political capital to corral Democrats since they can pass a measure without Republicans thanks to the budgetary process known as reconciliation. And for that to work, Biden has to keep all 50 senators who caucus with Democrats onside. That approach, however, could result in a bill with a too-hefty price tag as the House prepares to clear its version of Biden's proposal this weekend, according to...
    (CNN)The jobless rate in the US is dropping, but the Federal Reserve is looking beyond that number to see just how much the economy -- and hard-working Americans -- are still struggling under persistent pandemic woes. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusGlobal virus cases have been declining for six straight weeks, according to the World Health Organization. Still, the world last week saw 2.4 million new cases and 66,000 new deaths. In the US, a trio of major drug companies has promised a total of 240 million vaccine doses by the end of March, enough to fully vaccinate about a third of the US population. A fourth vaccine could also pass FDA scrutiny by April. Russia has opened seven vaccine...
    (CNN)More than 150 senior executives from some of the largest American companies across several major industries have lined up behind President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, according to a letter obtained by CNN. The group of executives includes the top executives representing some of the powerful business interests in the US, ranging from bank and investment firms like Goldman Sachs and Blackstone, to technology companies like Google, Intel and IBM, to hospitality companies like Loews Hotels & Co. and airlines including American and United Airlines. Top executives from real estate, insurance and utility firms also signed on to the letter. "Previous federal relief measures have been essential, but more must be done to put the country on a trajectory for a strong, durable recovery," the executives wrote in the letter addressed to bipartisan congressional leaders that will be sent Wednesday. "Congress should act swiftly and on a bipartisan...
    It was a touching moment when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris held a candlelight vigil to mark a milestone that still seems unfathomable, the loss of 500,000 Americans to the coronavirus.   "For the loved ones left behind: I know all too well. I know what it’s like to not be there when it happens. I know what it’s like when you are there holding their hands, there’s a look in their eye and they slip away," said the president who has had his share of family tragedies. But there is a paradox, now that the recent news on Covid-19 has turned largely positive. And that has sparked accusations the administration is being way too pessimistic and needs to ease the state of emergency by this summer. Yet it’s a tightrope act. Politically speaking, Biden doesn’t want to forecast better times ahead; better to keep expectations low and exceed them. Medically...
    Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Tuesday joined other Republicans who’ve expressed disapproval of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, calling the bill a "clunker." Romney wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal and pointed to a recent analysis by the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office. ROMNEY: TRUMP WILL LIKELY BE GOP PICK IF HE RUNS The study showed that "more than a third of the proposed funding -- $700 billion — wouldn’t be spent until 2022 or later, undermining the administration’s claim that the massive price tag is justified for urgent pandemic-related needs." SENS. COTTON, ROMNEY TO PROPOSE RAISING FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE TO $10 WITH PHASED APPROACH Republican Study Committee (RSC) authored a three-page memo to conservatives this week to outline "all the left-wing items Democrats are hoping the public won’t find about."  Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Tuesday joined other Republicans who’ve expressed disapproval of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, calling the bill a "clunker." (Photo...
    The House will vote on President BidenJoe BidenTikTok users spread conspiracy that Texas snow was manufactured by the government The problem with a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage hike Throwing money at Central America will not curb illegal migration MORE’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Friday, Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOn The Money: Biden faces backlash from left on student loans | Where things stand on the COVID-19 relief measure | Retail sales rebound The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden navigates pressures from Dems The Hill's Morning Report - Biden on COVID-19: Next year Americans will be 'better off' MORE (D-Md.) said on Tuesday night. “The House will vote on Friday on @POTUS’ #AmericanRescuePlan to end this pandemic and deliver urgently needed relief to America’s families and small businesses. The American people strongly support this bill, and we are moving swiftly to see it enacted into law,” Hoyer tweeted....
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Tuesday, Feb .23Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breachOfficials who were in charge of Capitol security at the time of last month's riot have testified that missed intelligence was to blame for the failure to anticipate the violent mob. The invaders stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, interrupting certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory over Republican Donald Trump.Then-president Trump had urged them to protest the certification at a rally minutes earlier. The former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police told lawmakers on Tuesday that...
    Bradley Cortright February 23, 2021 0 Comments South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) says President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package is “very, very unfair bill” and argues it would be “incredibly detrimental” to her state. During an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, Noem said the bill “bails out those states that shut down their economies.” She also claimed it “rewards them for making people stay in their homes and for taking away a business’ right to be open and take care of their customers and their employees.” “So it’s incredibly detrimental to our state because we made the right decisions. We trusted people,” she said, adding, “We have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and are tied for it with Nebraska, and we’re getting through this together.” Finally, she said, “What this bill does is reward New York and Illinois and California for their bad actions and their overstep...
    Congressional Democrats are digging in for a fight over raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour as part of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill they want to pass in a matter of weeks.  The fight could escalate as soon as Wednesday, the earliest the Senate parliamentarian is expected to make a determination on whether the proposal can be included in the relief legislation under special budgetary rules planned for the package.  If it’s allowed, it would be a big win for Democrats, but one that would only tee up a larger battle within the party about how much to increase the minimum wage and how to structure it. With thin margins in both chambers, Democrats can’t afford to alienate either progressives or moderates.  “Even if it can be included, then the question is, are Democrats uniformly supportive?” said Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats plan crackdown on rising drug...
    President Joe Biden’s nominee to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, faced questions Tuesday about topics ranging from COVID-19 to abortion to systemic racism during his first confirmation hearing in the Senate. Becerra’s nomination has been one of the most contentious made by Biden so far, with a number of conservatives speaking out against the California lawyer. Several of Republicans, including the party’s top member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, have expressed concerns about Becerra’s lack of experience and expertise in healthcare. Democrats are not remotely serious about putting leadership in place to actually fight the pandemic with nominees like Xavier Becerra. pic.twitter.com/yYURigPsIW — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 23, 2021 Much of the hearing covered the Biden administration’s response to COVID-19. When asked about school openings, Becerra described the issue of...
    Senate Republicans condemned President Biden’s latest COVID relief package as a partisan "liberal wish list" during Tuesday’s press conference, but school funding is receiving the most backlash.  "Schools all across America ought to be open right now," Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., told reporters.  "And yet Joe Biden has surrendered to the teachers union, they sent him a ransom note and he was happy to pay it." The push to get kids back in the classroom nationwide has increasingly driven the coronavirus debate in recent weeks. PSAKI PRESSED ON COVID BILL SETTING ASIDE MOST SCHOOL FUNDS FOR AFTER 2021 Biden pledged to get schools reopened within the first 100 days of his presidency. But the White House raised eyebrows earlier this month, after announcing that getting kids back in the classroom for even one day a week would be considered a success. Republicans are now pushing back on the $128 billion set aside...
    Savannah Rychcik February 23, 2021 0 Comments Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is revealing what he believes is the real reason why Democrats are more interested in unity than Republicans. “COVID crisis rages, a Republican president, Democrats come together with Republicans and pass two bills or four bills really,” Schumer said on Tuesday. He continued, “Democratic president, Republicans don’t even work with Democrats. If anyone doubts who’s more interested in bipartisanship, just look at that.” Watch his remarks below: Schumer on which party really wants unity: ‘If anyone doubts who’s more interested in bipartisanship, just look at that’ pic.twitter.com/nOVXoswCzi— NowThis (@nowthisnews) February 23, 2021 The House Budget Committee on Monday voted to approve Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief bill, as IJR reported. The measure passed the committee on a vote of 19-16. The House is seeking to pass the package later this week. Included in the...
    The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is further increasing the weekly vaccine shipments the federal government sends to states.  The White House’s COVID-19 response team announced that states will now receive 14.5 million doses starting next week, a jump from 13.5 million.  The team tweeted that the figure is “an increase of almost 70% since we took office just over a month ago.” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiTanden's path to confirmation looks increasingly untenable Asian Pacific American Caucus urges senators to confirm Tanden Biden to order flags to half staff to mark 500K virus deaths MORE said Tuesday that White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden on COVID-19: Next year Americans will be 'better off' Overnight Health Care: CDC study says double masking works | House Democrats propose multibillion-dollar COVID-19 relief package | Industry groups back ObamaCare reforms proposed by Democrats The...
    How to Start Investing in the Stock Market With Just $1 Video: Ex-Bellator champ Andrey Koreshkov finesses slick armbar in one-off for Russian promotion Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft The Best Flashlight We've Ever Tested Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/15 SLIDES © Shutterstock; Courtesy Martha Stewart/Instagram; Shutterstock; Courtesy Ian McKellen/Instagram Experts are hopeful that the coronavirus vaccine will help to curb the spread of COVID-19, which has killed more than 2 million people worldwide since its 2019 emergence in China. Steve Martin, Martha Stewart and both President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers propose draft bill to create Capitol riot commission The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - COVID-19 rescue bill a unity test for Dems OVERNIGHT ENERGY: US officially rejoins Paris climate agreement | Biden Energy Dept orders sweeping review of Trump energy rules | Texas power grid was 'seconds and minutes' from total failure, officials say MORE (D-N.Y.) warned Senate Democrats, including centrists who are balking at certain elements of President BidenJoe BidenTikTok users spread conspiracy that Texas snow was manufactured by the government The problem with a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage hike Throwing money at Central America will not curb illegal migration MORE’s proposal, that failure to pass a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill would be a political disaster. Schumer, who scored a win earlier this month when all 50 Democrats voted to pass a budget resolution laying the groundwork...
    A group backed by billionaire conservative activist Charles Koch is launching a new ad campaign in 10 states urging lawmakers to vote down President BidenJoe BidenTikTok users spread conspiracy that Texas snow was manufactured by the government The problem with a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage hike Throwing money at Central America will not curb illegal migration MORE’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is putting six figures behind the mail, radio and digital ad campaign targeting key swing votes such as Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Health Care: US surpasses half a million COVID deaths | House panel advances Biden's .9T COVID-19 aid bill | Johnson & Johnson ready to provide doses for 20M Americans by end of March On The Money: Neera Tanden's nomination in peril after three GOP noes | Trump rages after SCOTUS rules on financial records Tanden's path to confirmation looks increasingly untenable MORE...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to questions on Tuesday concerning the reopening of a migrant detention center for children on the southern U.S.border, claiming that “this is not kids being kept in cages.” During the White House press briefing, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki why President Joe Biden’s administration is opening the temporary facility, and noted that when former President Donald Trump’s administration did the same, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris criticized him for it. (RELATED: President Joe Biden’s Immigration Reforms Could Prompt A Surge Of Migrants At The Southern Border, Expert Says) “First, the policy of this administration … is not to expel unaccompanied children who arrive at the border … Customs and Border Control continue to transfer unaccompanied children to the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement. That can take a couple of days,” Psaki responded. “But because of Covid 19 protocols, like...
    Savannah Rychcik February 23, 2021 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is facing tough questioning about why a former Trump facility for migrant children is being reopened after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris previously criticized the former president’s immigration policy. When asked during her Tuesday press briefing why the Biden administration is reopening a migrant facility for children in Texas, Psaki claimed it is a “temporary reopening” amid the COVID-19 pandemic and their “intention is very much to close it, but we want to ensure that we can follow COVID protocols as unaccompanied minors come into the United States.” The reporter pointed out it is the same facility that was open under the Trump administration for a month in summer of 2019. He noted at the time Biden said, “Under Trump, there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) investigation on coronavirus does not get “to the bottom of what happened” and called for another “robust, international” probe into the pandemic’s origins in China. “One of the concerns that we have expressed from here is a lack of data sharing,” Psaki responded when asked when there will be “traction” on the new assessment. “We have not seen the initial data or the base of data that the report has been based on, and we have concerns and questions about the process used to reach the final conclusions.” (RELATED: Biden Admin Pushes Back On World Health Organization’s China Investigation — But What Happens Next?) WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 22: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the more than 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in the Cross Hall of the White House February 22, 2021 in...
    Coronavirus vaccine developers told House members on Tuesday they plan to dramatically increase deliveries in the coming weeks. Executives from Pfizer and Moderna, the only two companies that have received emergency authorization from the U.S. government, said they will be able to deliver more than 130 million additional doses combined by the end of March. The companies said they are no longer facing shortages of raw materials, and have largely solved the manufacturing challenges that limited the initial production and resulted in bottlenecks, as demand has far outsripped supply. Combined, the two companies have contracts to provide 600 million doses, which they say will be ready by the end of July. Between every company the U.S. has contracted with, both the Trump and Biden administrations have secured enough pre-ordered doses to vaccinate the entire U.S. population almost twice over.  "Some of the companies here today are still short of the number...
    Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Health Care: US surpasses half a million COVID deaths | House panel advances Biden's .9T COVID-19 aid bill | Johnson & Johnson ready to provide doses for 20M Americans by end of March 11 GOP senators slam Biden pick for health secretary: 'No meaningful experience' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Supreme Court's blow to Trump MORE, President BidenJoe BidenTikTok users spread conspiracy that Texas snow was manufactured by the government The problem with a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage hike Throwing money at Central America will not curb illegal migration MORE's nominee to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, said Tuesday when pressed about school reopenings that they are a "local issue," declining to answer a specific question about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: US surpasses half a million COVID deaths | House panel advances...
    (CNN)The legislative fight over President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus bill begins in earnest this week on Capitol Hill, with the House expected to attempt to pass the measure by later this week in hopes of getting it to the Senate and passed into law by mid-March.Republicans have slammed the process as the opposite of the bipartisanship that Biden promised during his 2020 campaign, as Democrats are employing a procedural device that will allow them to pass the measure with a simple majority in both chambers of Congress."The partisan bill Democrats are preparing is stuffed with non-COVID-related liberal goals and more band-aid policies as if the country were going to stay shut down another year," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) tweeted on Monday. "We need 2021 to be different than 2020. Congress should focus on smart policies to help that happen."While there's no doubt that there's some risk...
    One in three Americans know somebody who died from coronavirus over the last 10 months, a new poll suggests. Conducted by Axios-Ipsos, the survey found that 33 percent of adults have a loved one or acquaintance who passed from COVID-19 between April 24, 2020 and February 22, 2021. This is three points higher than the number who reported the same thing in late December, just before Christmas, and twice as high as the around 15 percent who did in early June.  It comes on the heels of news on Monday that the U.S. COVID death toll surpassed 500,000, which is more than the number of Americans killed in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined.  The U.S. has about four percent of the global population, but accounts for nearly 20 percent of all deaths from the virus. A new poll has found that 33% of...
    WASHINGTON -- The House Budget Committee voted Monday to advance President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package, setting up the legislation aimed at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout to go to the House floor for a vote later this week.The package includes direct aid to small businesses, $1,400 direct checks to Americans making less than $75,000 annually, an increase in the child tax credit, direct funding to state and local governments and more money for vaccine distribution. The bill also includes funding for schools both at the secondary and higher education level.However, in order for any package to become law it must pass both the House and the Senate. in the Senate, Democratic and Republican staffers will sit down as soon as Tuesday with Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough to hash out whether the $15 minimum wage is allowed under the budget reconciliation process, which would allow the package...
    U.S. President Joe Biden meets virtually Tuesday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, marking Biden’s first bilateral meeting with a foreign leader since taking office last month. The two leaders are set to discuss China, climate change and other issues, according to a Biden administration official who spoke to reporters anonymously, as they try to reset relations that soured during Donald Trump’s four years as U.S. president. The official told reporters that Biden is eager to discuss security threats presented by climate change, the coronavirus, as well as threats posed by China, Iran, North Korea and Russia. In a move that “disappointed” Trudeau, Biden recently blocked the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline project to pump oil from Canada to the United States by signing a "Buy American" executive order aimed at spending more U.S. funding to bolster domestic manufacturers. White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said “no changes are anticipated” in...
    Let's be blunt: America's had an absolutely terrible pandemic. The world's No1 superpower yesterday passed the devastating coronavirus-related death toll of 500,000 people. That's 20 percent of all global deaths, in a country that has 4.25 percent of the world's population. It also means the US has now suffered more COVID victims than the total number of Americans who died on the battlefields of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined. These are all horrific mind-numbing statistics, and I'm in no doubt where much of the blame of this should go: Donald Trump. The recently ousted president handled this crisis catastrophically badly – refusing to take it seriously from the start when it erupted last February, ignoring the science, publicly shaming his top medical experts, and spray-gunning dangerous unproven 'cure' theories. Scroll down for video  As Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US...
    Loading the player... According to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Americans should be expecting more concrete plans for COVID-19 relief by mid-March. On Friday, Schumer said the $1.9 trillion relief bill would be ready for President Joe Biden to sign into law by March 14. The bill includes increase funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution and another stimulus check, this time for $1,400, plus $400 in additional unemployment benefits through August, which is $100 more than the previous bill allowed for. One key controversial aspect of the bill is the $15 minimum-wage increase, on which, according to Forbes, Biden reportedly was not yet sold.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York speaks about the need to pass the COVID-19 relief package as part of the budget resolution during a news conference earlier this month at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Sen. Bernie Sanders recently made...
    CNN's Brianna Keilar has broken down in tears while reporting on America's COVID-19 death toll.  The 40-year-old broadcaster - who hosts the network's Newsroom program - couldn't contain her emotions during a broadcast Monday afternoon as the country inched towards a staggering 500,000 deaths from the disease.  'We need to remember the people we have lost,' Keilar mournfully stated before playing a four-minute montage featuring families whose loved ones have died during the pandemic.  The TV host struggled to hold her composure after the package was played, and her voice started to quiver.  'Even as a nation where many have become numb to this astronomical loss, I know that these stories of our fellow Americans puncture the armor that is natural to have accumulated over the past year,' she sobbed.  CNN's Brianna Keilar  broke down in tears while reporting on America's COVID-19 death toll on Monday afternoon  Keilar was seen...
    Arkansas State Sen. Jim Hendren (I), who recently announced he would leave the Republican Party, said early Tuesday that the “final straw” for him was Republican senators “trying to overturn a free election.” “As a guy who spent years in the military, overturning free elections is something that goes down hard with me,” Hendren said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And when I saw eleven senators, a member of the congressional delegation from Arkansas leading ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies, convincing people that the election had been stolen, which led directly to the insurrection on January 6, I said I can no longer be part of an organization that does that.” Hendren specifically named Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyGarland commits to combatting systemic racism LIVE COVERAGE: Senate set to consider Garland for AG Trump to speak at CPAC in first public appearance since leaving White House MORE (R-Mo.) and Ted CruzRafael...
    President Joe Biden has been in office for one month, and the media is already trying to weaponize Donald Trump’s coronavirus disaster against him by pinning 100,000 of the 500,000 (and counting) Covid fatalities on the new administration. During Monday’s White House daily briefing, ABC News White House correspondent Cecilia Vega asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki a question that carried the suggestion that the Biden administration bears some negligent responsibility for Covid deaths since they took office. Vega said that “you mentioned at the top of your remarks the grim milestone that the country is facing today with these 500,000 deaths,” added that “100,000 of those Americans have died within the last month,” and asked “What reflections is this White House having on the last month, as we ask as a country, Could more have been done? As Dr. Fauci said today, ‘It didn’t have to be this bad.’ Could...
    AMERICANS could start receiving $1,400 stimulus checks in less than a month as President Joe Biden is on track to sign his Covid aid bill by March 14. Stimulus checks will likely reach taxpayers' bank accounts next month as The House Budget Committee approved Biden's bill on Monday afternoon with a vote of 19-16. 4Stimulus checks will likely reach taxpayers' bank accounts next month as The House Budget Committee approved Biden's bill on MondayCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4President Biden's Covid relief bill appears to be on track to get signedCredit: AP:Associated Press Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer revealed on the same day that the huge $1.9trillion package is on its way to reaching the president's desk by mid-March, according to reports. The full House of Representatives hopes to pass the bill later this week. The spending package includes an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, $1,400 direct checks for Americans...
    Savannah Rychcik February 23, 2021 0 Comments National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins is praising the Trump administration for the “breathtaking” speed at which a COVID-19 vaccine was developed. During an interview with Axios, Collins was asked what the Trump administration got right amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The Operation Warp Speed, for which I give a great deal of credit to Secretary Azar, was a effort that many of us were not initially convinced was going to be necessary and it was thought about as a Manhattan Project,” Collins said on Sunday. He continued, “Those words were used sometimes to describe what needed to happen in order to get all parts of the government together in an unprecedented way to test up to six vaccines in rigorous trials… so that if any of those trials happen to work, you would already have doses ready to go into...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has joined President Joe Biden in ordering lowering of flags for five days starting Tuesday to honor the thousands of lives lost due to COVID-19. Ducey said in a statement Monday that “every life is precious" and that Arizona was grieving and praying for all the lives lost to the disease, Arizona's death toll from the coronavirus passed 15,000 last week while COVID-19 as of Monday had claimed over 500,000 lives nationwide. Biden late Monday delivered a eulogy at the White House, saying the nation was marking a “grim, heartbreaking milestone" but “will smile again." Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Arizona, Associated Press
    ▶ Watch Video: A matter of trust: Overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy The Biden administration has awarded millions of dollars to counter fear and misinformation in communities of color that have indicated they’re concerned about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. Over the past three weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded more than $17 million to several organizations planning vaccine education, according to the Department of Health and Human Services funding database.   Fifteen organizations advocating for Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native Americans have received funds to boost their COVID-19 vaccine educational outreach. UnidosUS and the National Urban League were awarded the largest grants, of $3.2 million and $2 million dollars, respectively.   People of color are more likely to contract COVID-19 than White people, and Black, Hispanic and Native Americans are two to three times more likely to require hospitalization, according to CDC data.   Even with...
    Hours after the U.S. crossed the threshold of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, President Biden commemorated the lives lost over the past year on Monday night. No other country has lost more lives to the yearlong pandemic than the U.S. "Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone," he said in a brief speech at the White House. "500,071 dead. That's more Americans who died in one year in this pandemic than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined." Remembrance, Mr. Biden said, is an important part of the healing process, both for individuals and for the nation. Shortly before the event, the president ordered the flags at the White House lowered to half staff. Candles graced the steps from the White House residence to the South Lawn, as the president, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff looked out...
                               Presented by The AIDS Institute     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Tuesday! 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 each morning this week: Monday, 498,901; Tuesday, 500,310.    President BidenJoe BidenTikTok users spread conspiracy that Texas snow was manufactured by the government The problem with a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage hike Throwing money at Central America will not curb illegal migration MORE and Vice President Harris on Monday held a White House candle-lighting ceremony to mark 500,000 COVID-19 deaths. Biden said...
    Earlier this month, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters that teachers did not need COVID-19 vaccine shots to return to the classroom safely. It seemed, at the time, like a relatively straightforward statement, one several studies conducted by the CDC had supported. But the comment sent Biden administration officials spinning, in part because the White House was not prepared to make an official announcement on schools. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Walensky was “speaking in her personal capacity” when she made the comment; Psaki’s statement then raised questions of its own since Walensky was speaking very much in her official capacity as the director of the CDC at the press conference. The CDC eventually published its recommendations, which clearly stated schools did not need to vaccinate staff in order to safely reopen. But Biden political figures continued to dodge questions about the guidance...
    Daily average deaths and hospitalizations from the coronavirus have fallen to their lowest levels since before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  There were 1,235 daily deaths recorded in the last 24 hours with figures now at their lowest since the middle of October, at the start of this winter's wave of infections.  On Monday, the number of people currently in hospital with the virus fell to 55,403 marking 41 straight days of falling hospitalization numbers.  The promising news brought by the declining figures was also coupled with a restarting of the vaccination program which came to a virtual halt due to bad weather across much of the country last week.  The number of daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all now falling A closer look at the figures show the numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all down. So too is testing but that may be due to...
    Naomi Wolf, a former adviser to Bill Clinton during his reelection campaign, sounded an alarm about COVID-19 lockdowns during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Monday. Wolf made her comments on the same day the U.S. surpassed 500,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Wolf was extremely critical of Joe Biden's leadership and recently claimed on Twitter that his COVID-19 policies are making her regret her vote for him in the last election. Wolf says the country is 'moving into a coup situation, a police state' due to all of the coronavirus restrictions. 'That transcends everything that you and I might disagree or agree on,' Wolf said to Carlson, owning up to the political divide between the two. Scroll down for video  Fox News Privacy Policy During an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Naomi Wolf warned of totalitarianism 'That should bring together left and right to...
    President Joe Biden announced changes to the federal program on February 22 that are aimed at helping small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Administration will establish a 14-day period during which only businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees can apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The period will begin on February 24. Larger companies will be able to apply for loans after the period ends, until the program expires on March 31. The Biden administration will also remove a restriction on granting loans to small business owners who were previously convicted of felonies and homeowners who have been labeled delinquent for defaulting on student loans. Two other changes were announced; Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and the self-employed can access higher loan amounts through a review of the APP funding formula, and non-citizens who are legal residents can apply for loans using their Individual Taxpayer...
            by Laura Olson  The extreme cold weather across much of the country has delayed 6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, slowing a vaccination rate that has been steadily rising since the Biden administration took office last month. The backlogged doses account for roughly three days’ of delayed shipments affecting all 50 states, due to road closures, snowed-in workers and power outages, said Andy Slavitt, senior adviser on the White House’s COVID-19 response, during a news conference Friday. Slavitt told reporters that some states have been able to use existing inventory to make up for the delayed doses, and that 1.4 million of the delayed doses were in transit Friday. The remainder of the backlog is expected to be delivered within the next week, he added. President Joe Biden’s pandemic advisers detailed those weather-induced delays shortly before Biden flew to Michigan to visit a Pfizer plant producing...
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    DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis ordered flags lowered to half-staff through Friday on all Colorado public buildings to honor the 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris held a candle lighting ceremony on Monday to mark the grim milestone. President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff hold a moment of silence and candle lighting during a ceremony to honor lives lost to COVID-19 at the White House on Monday. (credit: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images) “More Americans who have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined,” said President Biden. “On this solemn occasion, we reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind. We, as a Nation, must remember them so we can begin to...
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    President Biden on Monday held a moment of silence for the 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 after the US passed what he called the “truly grim, heartbreaking milestone.” His address was largely aimed at the families that have suffered loss in his 6 p.m. televised speech from the White House. Afterward he hosted a candlelit outdoor commemoration with first lady Jill, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff. “500,071 dead. That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined. That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth,” he said. “But as we acknowledge the scale of this mass death in America, we remember each person and the life they lived. The people we knew, the people we feel like we knew.” Biden, 78, recounted...
    CNN’s chief political correspondent, Dana Bash, contrasted the current and former president’s radically different approaches in publicly responding to and recognition of the Covid-19 pandemic at the White House. Speaking with anchor Wolf Blitzer on Monday evening Bash offered up her take just after President Joe Biden gave a public address and held a moment of silence outside the White House’s South Portico alongside First Lady Jill Biden as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Mark Emhoff to mourn the staggering loss of 500,000 Americans from the Covid-19 pandemic. “It’s almost hard to wrap your mind around, the numbers are so incredibly staggering,” Bash noted, before stepping back to address the symbolism of Biden’s gesture. “Can I also take a moment to say what a moment? What an event that the White House put on for the American people and for the world to memorialize the 500,000 people who have been taken by this virus.” “You know,...
    Reuters February 22, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden led Americans in observing a moment of silence on Monday to commemorate the grim milestone of 500,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19, urging Americans to set aside partisan differences and fight the pandemic together. “Today we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone – 500,071 dead. That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War One, World War Two and the Vietnam War combined,” he said. Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff marked a moment of silence at 6:15 p.m. (2315 GMT) at the White House after the president’s remarks. “As a nation, we can’t accept such a cruel fate. While we’ve been fighting this pandemic for so long, we have to resist becoming numb to sorrow,” Biden said in an emotional address at the White House....
    President Biden on Monday night paid tribute to the staggering number of Americans who have lost a loved one during the coronavirus pandemic as the death toll passed 500,000. Biden called the milestone "truly grim" and "heartbreaking" as he noted the pandemic has taken more American lives than WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War combined. "That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth," Biden said. At least 500,071 people had died of the virus at the time of his remarks. DR. MARC SIEGEL: COVID AND THE 500,000 DEATHS MILESTONE -- KEEP IN MIND THE TALE OF TWO PANDEMICS  The president empathized with families who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19, reminding them that there is a way through the sorrow and grief. "To those who have lost loved ones this is what I know, they’re never truly gone, they’ll always...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Monday, Feb. 22US COVID death toll tops 500,000, matching the toll of 3 warsThe COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 Monday, a staggering number that all but matches the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. The lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, are about equal to the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and greater than that of Miami; Raleigh, North Carolina; or Omaha, Nebraska. The U.S. recorded an estimated 405,000 deaths in World War II, 58,000...
    More On: Coronavirus Teachers may spread COVID-19 more than students, CDC study suggests Federal probe of Cuomo coverup raised at DOJ nominee’s Senate hearing NJ churches can now increase to 50 percent capacity US surpasses 500,000 COVID-19 deaths President Biden on Monday held a moment of silence for the 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 after the US passed what he called the “truly grim, heartbreaking milestone.” His address was largely aimed at the families that have suffered loss in his 6 p.m. televised speech from the White House. Afterward he hosted a candlelit outdoor commemoration with first lady Jill, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff. “500,071 dead. That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined. That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on...
    President Joe Biden spoke Monday marking the grim milestone of 500,000 covid deaths in the United States. “That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War combined,” Biden said. He talked about his visit to a Michigan Pfizer facility last week and speaking with a man who asked the president to pray for his father-in-law. “We all know someone who lived a life of struggle, purpose and hope. They talked late into the night about their dreams, who wore the uniform, born to serve, who loved, played, and always offered a hand. We often hear of people described as ordinary Americans. There’s no such thing. There’s nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were extraordinary,” Biden said. Biden continued as he talked about the grief being felt by families all over the country: “I promise...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden to hold moment of silence for 500K COVID-19 deaths Publix offers employees who get COVID-19 vaccine a 5 store gift card Schumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick MORE on Monday mourned the more than 500,000 Americans lost to the novel coronavirus and called for unity in the battle against the pandemic. In personal remarks from the White House, Biden reflected on the “truly grim, heartbreaking milestone” of surpassing 500,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19. He described his own experiences of grief and losing loved ones as he paid tribute to those lost over the past year. “As a nation, we can’t accept such a cruel fate,” Biden said. “While we have been fighting this pandemic for so long, we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow. We have to resist viewing each life as a statistic, or a blur, or on...
    February 22, 2021 7:32 PM 15 minutes. The United States (USA) surpassed half a million deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, a grim record that no other country in the world comes close to and which is fulfilled at a time when the Government of President Joe Biden is accelerating the vaccination campaign. After 17:08 local time in the Eastern United States (22:08 GMT time), the independent count of Johns Hopkins University registered 500,071 deaths from the disease and 28,174,133 million infections. On the occasion of this dismal record, US President Joe Biden today ordered the flags of all federal buildings in the country, including the White House, and official bodies abroad, such as embassies, to fly at half-staff during the next five days in mourning. More deaths from COVID-19 than in three wars Biden issued a presidential proclamation with that order. He recalled that those more than 500,000 deaths...
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    Reuters February 22, 2021 0 Comments The United States on Monday crossed the staggering milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths just over a year since the coronavirus pandemic claimed its first known victim in Santa Clara County, California. In a proclamation honoring the dead, U.S. President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff on public buildings and grounds until sunset on Feb. 26. “On this solemn occasion, we reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind,” Biden said in the proclamation. “We, as a Nation, must remember them so we can begin to heal, to unite, and find purpose as one Nation to defeat this pandemic.” Bells tolled at the National Cathedral in Washington to honor the lives lost. The country had recorded more than 28 million COVID-19 cases and 500,264 lives lost as of Monday afternoon, according to a Reuters tally of...
    President Joe Biden is holding a ceremony at the White House Monday to mark the United States reaching the grim milestone of 500,000 covid deaths. The U.S. marked 500,000 covid deaths on February 22nd, a little over one month after crossing 400,000 covid deaths. As the nationwide vaccine rollout continues, there has been some encouraging data — per the COVID Tracking Project — that daily cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have been on a downward trend. You can watch the memorial live above, via the White House. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    A detail of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.Allen J. Schaben | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images Moderna said Monday it received "positive feedback" from the Food and Drug Administration on its proposal to increase the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses in each of its vials. One vial of Moderna's two-shot vaccine contains ten doses, enough to inoculate five people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CNBC reported last month that Moderna had asked the FDA for permission to fill its Covid-19 vaccine vials with up to five additional doses to ease a bottleneck in manufacturing. In prepared testimony submitted ahead of a House hearing on Tuesday, Moderna President Stephen Hoge said the U.S. agency has given the company "positive feedback on our proposal, and we are pursuing a plan that may allow up to 15 doses to be drawn from each vial." "This will allow us to...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended on Monday the administration's coronavirus relief package, which wouldn't unleash most of its education funding until after the current fiscal year. Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that just $6 billion of the $128 billion set aside for K-12 public schools would flow to schools in 2021. When asked about this, Psaki suggested the administration needed to help schools pace their use of the funds. "Well, a big part of the challenge here for a number of schools is that they need -- in order to operate responsibly -- and given the threat of budget cuts, they need to obligate funds according to spending plans rather than exhausting all balances as soon as they're received," she said.  FRACTION OF BIDEN'S $128B EDUCATION BUDGET WOULD GO TOWARD SCHOOLS IN 2021, CBO ESTIMATES "So the challenge here is how do they plan ahead? Right. They can...
    More than 500,000 Americans have lost their lives to Covid-19, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. CNN’s Jake Tapper announced that the country had passed the somber threshold Monday afternoon, noting that the official death toll was at 500,071. “I have some very sad breaking news for us now,” said Tapper. “The United States just crossed into the 500,000 landmark. We have now more than 500,071 deaths due to Covid. A devastating toll.” President Joe Biden, along with First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, will honor the half a million American lives lost at a candle lighting ceremony at the White House at sundown tonight. Worldwide, nearly 2.5 million people have died from the coronavirus. Watch the report above, via CNN. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    By ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A moderate Democratic senator from West Virginia is suddenly one of the most powerful people in Washington. Sen. Joe Manchin has had multiple one-on-one phone calls with President Joe Biden. He can send the White House into a tailspin with a single five-minute interview or three-sentence statement. And he may have already derailed some of the administration’s policy priorities and a Cabinet nominee. And it’s not just Manchin who’s wielding outsize influence over Biden’s agenda. With a 50-50 split in the Senate leaving little room for error on tough votes, other moderate Democrats like Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Jon Tester of Montana also hold significant political clout in Biden's Washington, making for a muscular counterweight to the progressives who make up the party’s base. “Each and every one of these members has the ability to be the king- or queen-maker...
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    (CNN)President Joe Biden is slated to deliver remarks participate in a candle-lighting ceremony Monday evening at the White House as the country approaches the grim milestone of 500,000 American lives lost to coronavirus. Biden is scheduled deliver remarks at 6:00 p.m. ET before he participates in a moment of silence and the ceremony, where he will be joined by first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff. Biden is also ordering that all flags flying over federal buildings to fly at half-staff for five days in remembrance of the deaths, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday."Later today, the President, the first lady, the vice president and the second gentlemen will mark the solemn milestone of 500,000 American lives lost to Covid-19. They will ask all Americans to join in a moment of silence during a candle-lighting ceremony at sundown," Psaki said during...
    President Biden and Vice President Harris met with Republicans senators, inviting them to help save America, which Republicans are still declining to do. There are now 500,000—one half of a million—COVID-19 deaths in America. Attempting to contextualize that, The New York Times created a series of visualizations and comparisons. It would take a 95-mile long caravan of 9,804 buses to carry 500,000 people. The Vietnam Veterans War Memorial would have to be nearly nine times as tall is it currently is—up to 87 feet tall—to carry all the names. Enough people died in the past year to fill Arlington National Cemetery, which holds the remains of soldiers stretching back to the Revolutionary War. And it's certainly not all the deaths resulting from the virus, just those attributed to it officially. But those are numbers, statistics that can only begin to help us fathom the depth and breadth of this catastrophe....
    President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses will commemorate the grim milestone of 500,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19 with a moment of silence on Monday evening and ask all Americans to take part, the White House said. "They will ask all Americans to join in a moment of silence during a candle lighting ceremony at sundown," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. Biden will order all flags on federal properties to be lowered to half-staff for the next five days, Psaki said. "Tonights events, including the presidents remarks, will highlight the magnitude of loss that this milestone marks for the American people," she said. "He will also speak to the power of the American people to turn the tide on this pandemic by working together, following ... public health guidelines, and getting in line to be vaccinated as soon as they are eligible." Biden is scheduled...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses will commemorate the grim milestone of 500,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19 with a moment of silence on Monday evening and ask all Americans to take part, the White House said. "They will ask all Americans to join in a moment of silence during a candle lighting ceremony at sundown," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. Biden will order all flags on federal properties to be lowered to half-staff for the next five days, Psaki said. "Tonight's events, including the president's remarks, will highlight the magnitude of loss that this milestone marks for the American people," she said. "He will also speak to the power of the American people to turn the tide on this pandemic by working together, following ... public health guidelines, and getting in line to be vaccinated as soon as they are eligible."...
    EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans are accusing President Biden of pursuing a "far-left" agenda on immigration -- an agenda they say is "gravely irresponsible" and is creating a new crisis at the border."The far left’s insistence on undermining American sovereignty by erasing our nation’s borders is dangerous under normal circumstances," the letter, signed by 19 House Republicans led by Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., says. "Your administration’s adoption of the far left’s immigration agenda is creating a new humanitarian crisis at the border by attracting droves of men, women, and children."US BEGINS ADMITTING MIGRANTS FROM MEXICO, AS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION WINDS DOWN TRUMP-ERA POLICY  House GOP to Biden on immigration by Fox News on Scribd Other lawmakers on the letter include Rep. Brian Babib, R-Texas, Rep. Madison Cawthron, R-N.C., Rep. Mary Miller, R-Ill., and Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla. The letter comes amid a flood of warnings by Republicans that a number of moves by the...
    With the U.S. expected to cross the threshold of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, President Joe Biden is delivering brief remarks on "the lives lost to COVID-19" at 6 p.m. ET Monday at the White House. No other country has lost more lives to the nearly yearlong pandemic than the U.S. Overall, though, the number of cases and of deaths has been dropping, however, and over 44 million have received at least one vaccine dose in a two-dose regimen. First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and the Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, will also be attending the event. Watch Biden mark COVID-19 deaths What: President Joe Biden recognizes the Americans who have died of COVID-19 Date: Monday, February 22, 2021 Time: 6 p.m. ET Location: White House Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device. Follow: live updates on CBSNews.com Despite the...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speak after a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package advanced out of the House Budget Committee on Monday and is now set for a full House vote later this week. Monday's markup proceeding was one of the final steps in the House's reconciliation process, which will allow Democrats to muscle the bill through the chamber without GOP support. The bill's fate now moves to the House Rules Committee, essentially a formality. Then it will move to the House floor, where Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are expected to pass it along party lines Friday or Saturday. No major changes to the bill came of the committee's markup. Notwithstanding House GOP objections, the bill is widely expected to advance to the...
    Reuters February 22, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. House of Representatives budget committee approved Monday a bill with $1.9 trillion in coronavirus relief, backed by President Joe Biden. The measure passed the panel on a vote of 19-16. The full House of Representatives hopes to pass the bill later this week. It would stimulate the U.S. economy and carry out Biden’s proposals to provide additional money for COVID-19 vaccines and other medical equipment. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
    JOE Biden's stimulus bill could be delayed due to fury over $1,400 checks for families with undocumented immigrants. The committee passed the bill on Monday afternoon. 1NINTCHDBPICT000637642556-3Credit: Getty Images - Getty The stimulus package was rolled out on Friday and sent to the House, which is included in a larger legislation that would bring more money for vaccines an additional $400 a week in federal unemployment benefits. President Joe Biden on Twitter said that the next round of stimulus checks are to be counted on top of the smaller $600 ones that were sent out at the beginning of the year. "We committed to you, Democrat and Republican, a $2,000 stimulus check. $600 came forward last time around. Another $1,400 will be coming," Biden said. Now the bill has been passed, Democratic leaders of the Senate are set on quickly moving the bill over to vote without going to various Senate committees that need to...
    [The stream is slated to start at 3 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] President Joe Biden's Covid-19 response team is holding a news briefing Monday on the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed nearly 500,000 Americans, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden will order all flags on federal property be lowered to half-staff for the next five days to mark the grim milestone of 500,000 American deaths due to Covid-19. Separately, White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci is encouraging Americans to steel themselves against a sense of Covid-19 complacency even as coronavirus infections plummet and some scientists predict that herd immunity is just around the corner. Read CNBC's live updates to see the latest news on the Covid -19 outbreak.Related Tags Coronavirus: SIA...
    With the U.S. having recorded approximately 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus since President Joe Biden took office, one reporter is questioning the White House about whether they could’ve done more. During Monday’s White House briefing, ABC News correspondent Cecilia Vega confronted press secretary Jen Psaki about whether the administration is second guessing any part of their Covid-19 response during the month in which they have been in charge. “As the country is in this moment of reflection, 100,000 … Americans have died within the last month,” Vega said. “What reflections is this White House having on the last month. As we ask, as a country, could more have been done? As Dr. [Anthony] Fauci said today, ‘It didn’t have to be this bad.’ Could more have been done in the last month also?” Psaki, without specifically referencing former President Donald Trump, pointed back to the previous administration. “I think we...
    America . Published on 02-22-21 at 7:23 p.m. – Updated 02-22-21 at 7:24 p.m. © . US President Joe Biden will order the flags on all federal buildings to be half-masted on Monday, to commemorate the imminent crossing of the threshold of 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the United States, announced the White House. Presidency spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters the half-masting would last for five days.
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden to hold moment of silence for 500K COVID-19 deaths Publix offers employees who get COVID-19 vaccine a 5 store gift card Schumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick MORE on Monday will order flags on federal land be lowered to half-staff for the next five days to mark the United States surpassing 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. Biden will also deliver remarks at a candle-lighting ceremony later Monday and hold a moment of silence. "Tonight’s events, including the president’s remarks, will highlight the magnitude of loss this milestone marks for the American people and so many families across the country," White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiSunday shows - COVID-19 dominates as grim milestone approaches Psaki sidesteps questions on Cuomo's leadership during pandemic Sunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze MORE said at a briefing. "He will also speak to the...
    President Joe Biden encouraged Republican critics to approve the $1.9 trillion stimulus package he is urging Congress to ratify in order to provide economic relief from the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Biden gave a speech to promote the American Rescue Plan and address the pandemic’s devastation on small businesses throughout the country. He also announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, saying that the $2 trillion stimulus package Congress passed last year was helpful to larger corporations, but “mom-and-pop businesses got muscled out of the way.” As Biden elaborated on his proposed, “long overdue” revisions, he eventually turned to critics who call the package “too big.” “What would you have me cut? What would you leave out” He asked rhetorically. “Would not help invest in [small businesses]? Would you let them continue to go under? Would you leave them out again, like the previous administration did?” As Biden continued...
    Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainVan Jones felt 'ambushed' by 'The View' hosts: report Meghan McCain urges GOP to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee Meghan McCain, Van Jones release new documentary seeking to bridge political divide MORE on Monday called for Anthony FauciAnthony FauciPublix offers employees who get COVID-19 vaccine a 5 store gift card Sunday shows - COVID-19 dominates as grim milestone approaches Fauci: 500,000 coronavirus death milestone 'devastating' MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, to be fired, blaming him for “inconsistent messaging” in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines. “The fact that Dr. FauciAnthony FauciPublix offers employees who get COVID-19 vaccine a 5 store gift card Sunday shows - COVID-19 dominates as grim milestone approaches Fauci: 500,000 coronavirus death milestone 'devastating' MORE is going on CNN and he can’t tell me if I get the vaccine, I’ll be able to have dinner with my family,” McCain, the co-host o...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden raised $22.1 million from private donors for his transition to the White House, more than three times the $6.5 million than Donald Trump collected for the same purposes four years ago, according to newly filed report.Biden's transition report, made public Monday by the General Service Administration, shows Biden spent even more -- $24 million -- as he readied to assume the presidency.Payroll expenses topped the list at $13.6 million, followed by travel and event expenses at a little more than $5 million.Bidens First 100 Days Democrats turn to Biden's agenda after impeachment trial Analysis: Biden's polling is steadier than Trump's Biden administration says 2 million Covid vaccine doses have been delivered after winter storms delay shipments The 1,021-page filing shows thousands of people contributed to the Biden effort. They include well-known figures who made the $5,000 maximum contribution, such as Chicago financier Mellody Hobson, producer...
    President Joe Biden is ordering all flags to be lowered to half staff to honor the approximately 500,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus. The announcement was made by White House press secretary Jen Psaki at the outset of her press briefing on Monday. “President Biden … will order all flags on federal property to be lowered at half staff for the next five days,” Psaki said. The White House is further commemorating the tragic milestone with a candle lighting ceremony after sundown on Monday. He will also deliver remarks at that ceremony. Watch above, via the White House. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]