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Biden Holds First Town Hall, Gives COVID Update

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President Joe Biden held his first CNN Town Hall meeting on Tuesday to deliver a new proposal.

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  • The televised conference was set for Biden to reveal his plans to push the country forward amidst the year-long pandemic. Biden presented a lack of certainty over determining a vaccine rollout date for the public but stated things would return to normal by next Christmas.
  • According to CNN, the 46th president stated, “As my mother would say, with the grace of God and the goodwill of the neighbors, that by next Christmas I think we’ll be in a very different circumstance, God willing than we are today. A year from now, I think that there’ll be significantly fewer people having to be socially distanced, having to wear a mask.”

“I don’t want to over promise anything here,” he cautioned. 

  • Biden also described the last four years prior to his inauguration as a national fixation on Donald Trump. As Trump’s impeachment trial comes to an end, the president says he is looking forward to closing the dialog on the former president and refocusing the public’s attention back on to recovering from the pandemic.
  • His primary goal, however, was to promote his American Recovery Plan. The proposal includes spending $1.9 trillion to provide relief for millions of Americans struggling to survive the pandemic. The package includes direct payments to families of up to $1,400 and funding for state and local governments to provide more vaccination efforts. The White House aims to pass the plan by mid-March after certain unemployment benefits expire.

As of late, House committees have begun writing individual sections of the measure to create the bill. Once completed, democrats intend to use a procedural process that would allow the bill to pass via a majority vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate as opposed to requiring 60 votes to overcome GOP objection. 

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Texas Governor Signs Voting Restrictions Bill into Law

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Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed into law a bill that bans 24-hour and drive-thru voting, imposes new hurdles on mail-in ballots and empowers partisan poll watchers.

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  • Texas joins Florida and Georgia, in enacting new restrictive voting measures, instigated by former president Donald Trump’s lies about widespread voter fraud.  At least 10 other states are considering similar laws in their state houses.  Opponents of SB1 said its provisions will disproportionately restrict voting access for marginalized voters, particularly black and brown people of color and those with disabilities.
  • Democrats in Texas fled the Capitol in Austin for weeks in an effort to stymie the bill — first preventing the passage of a similar measure at the end of the state’s regular legislative session in May, then forcing Abbott to call two special sessions to tackle what the governor called “election integrity.”  The election overhaul in Texas comes as Republicans seek to hold onto power in a rapidly changing state where people of color make up virtually all of the population growth — and that growth is concentrated in large cities that tend to vote Democratic.
  • The new law directly targets Harris County, the home of Houston (22.6% Black), which last year offered drive-thru voting and 24-hour early voting. The bill restricts the hours counties can offer early voting to between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. while also prohibiting tactics that aide voter participation and engagement.  In the 2020 general election, Harris County used a garage at the Toyota Center, enabling voters to vote from their cars amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“SB 1 is an appalling, anti-democracy effort by Texas Republicans to construct barriers to voting for people they believe will not support them. What makes this bill and similar ones Republicans are pushing across the country even more un-American is that Republicans are using the ‘Big Lie’ about the 2020 election as a pretext to support them. The reality is that these bills have nothing to do with election integrity or security, but rather are discriminatory measures making it harder for all people to vote. These bills will have a disproportionate impact on communities of color.” –Eric Holder, US attorney general for US President Barack Obama

  • Senate Bill 1 also blocks counties from sending unsolicited mail-in voting applications, even to those over the age of 65, who are immediately eligible to vote-by-mail, per law.  The rules include restrictions for those who previously helped persons with disabilities and enables partisan poll watching, a tactic long used by republicans and white supremacists to intimidate Black people from voting.

 

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Could Make History Succeeding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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Democrats expect Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to take the esteemed role of Speaker of the House if Nancy Pelosi steps down in 2022.

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  • The information comes after a profile from The Atlantic reported Pelosi might step down after next year’s midterm elections. The House Speaker returned to her position earlier this year after an immense amount of support. However, she announced she would not hold that role past 2022.
  • The Atlantic declares if the Democratic Party continues holding the House of Representative’s majority, they most likely will choose Jeffries to lead them. The 51-year-old currently is the Democratic caucus chair, and many consider him a conduit to Pelosi. Although Jeffries usually silently agrees with policies, he recently became more vocal on topics such as police reform and the Jan. 6 Insurrections.
  • In addition, Jeffries intends on aligning Democrats. He declared his party has “failed repeatedly” because they get caught up in “litigating details and nuances” and are afraid to assert themselves. In fact, he wants the party to learn from the Republicans; the opposing party “speaks in headlines” and better “packages” their ideas. Alongside this, he would like to focus on fighting the systemic racism on which he built his career.
  • Despite his potential, he may face opposition from other House leaders. For example, Reps. Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reluctantly waited until the last minute to cast their votes for Pelosi and may do the same with Jeffries; the House progressives dislike Jeffries because he tends to disagree with their policies, especially the Green New Deal. Regardless of the backlash, he faces from The Squad, Jeffries intends to try working with them to move the Democrats forward.

If Democrats continue running the House in 2022, Jeffries will also make history with his new role, as he will be the first African-American Speaker of the House.

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Senate to Pass Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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The legislation moved forward with a 69-30 vote, with 19 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats.

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  • Supporters of the infrastructure bill believe it will boost the economy and create jobs. The bill’s creators, such as Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), released a statement on Tuesday in which they wrote the bill will “create jobs, increase productivity, and pave the way for decades of economic growth and prosperity – all without raising taxes on everyday Americans or increasing inflation.”
  • After the vote concluded, Senators proceeded to a budget resolution that would permit Democrats to pass a $3.5 trillion spending package without Republican votes.
  • The bipartisan infrastructure bill will now go to the House of Representatives, but it may not be passed quickly. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said she will not review either bill until the Senate passes both legislations. The House of Representatives also does not return from recess until September 20.
  • Despite this, the approval marks a victory for President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. It ends the White House and Congress’ month-long battle of negotiating a plan to fix American roads, railways, public transit, water systems, power grids, and broadband. It also lets Democrats begin to focus on their $3.5 trillion package that will provide more funding for child care, paid leave, and climate policy.
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer intends to begin a “vote-a-rama” to consider amendments to the resolution as soon as Tuesday. Once the Senate passes the budget measure, it may start its recess; Senate will return from its break in mid-September.

Schumer would like the committees to complete writing their portions of the final legislation by Sept. 15. After this, both chambers of Congress will review the bill. Black News Alerts will continue updating readers on the status of the infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion budget resolution.

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