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Biden makes the economic case for fighting climate change on second day of virtual summit

Biden makes the economic case for fighting climate change on second day of virtual summit

(CNN)President Joe Biden on Friday highlighted the economic opportunities of climate action an ambitious new goal to at his Leaders Summit on Climate from the White House."Today's final session is not about the threat that climate change poses, it's about the opportunity that addressing climate change provides," Biden said. The President said he is grateful to all of the world leaders who have announced new commitments to curb emissions, and added that he felt the summit has so far yielded "great progress.""I'm very heartened by (Russian President Vladimir Putin's) call yesterday for the...

Apr 22
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Biden announces US will aim to cut carbon emissions by as much as 52% by 2030 at virtual climate summit

Biden announces US will aim to cut carbon emissions by as much as 52% by 2030 at virtual climate summit

(CNN)President Joe Biden on Thursday kicked off a virtual climate summit by announcing an ambitious cut in greenhouse gas emissions as he looks to put the US back at the center of the global effort to address the climate crisis and curb carbon emissions. At the White House summit, which is taking place on Thursday and Friday, Biden committed the United States to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 50%-52% below its 2005 emissions levels by 2030. While the goals are a part of the Paris climate agreement that Biden rejoined upon taking office, they are non-binding and the administration...

Apr 22
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Biden called George Floyd's family as nation awaits verdict in Derek Chauvin trial

Biden called George Floyd's family as nation awaits verdict in Derek Chauvin trial

(CNN)President Joe Biden called George Floyd's family on Monday as they and the nation await a verdict in the . "He was just calling. He knows how it is to lose a family member. And he knows that the process of what we're going through so he was just letting us know that he was praying for us, and hoping that everything would come out to be OK," George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd told NBC on Tuesday morning. White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the call took place. "President Biden spoke with the family of George Floyd yesterday to check in with them and also share that the...

Apr 20
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Biden set to announce he's moving deadline for all US adults to be eligible for Covid vaccine to April 19

Biden set to announce he's moving deadline for all US adults to be eligible for Covid vaccine to April 19

(CNN)President Joe Biden plans to announce Tuesday that for states to make all American adults eligible for by almost two weeks. With all states having opened eligibility to the public or at least having announced when they plan to do so, Biden will announce that every adult in the country will be eligible to be vaccinated by April 19, according to an administration official, instead of Biden's original deadline of May 1. that 90% of adults will be eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine by April 19, as well as have a vaccination site within five miles of where they live. Biden said the...

Apr 5
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Here's what's in Biden's infrastructure proposal

Here's what's in Biden's infrastructure proposal

(CNN)Now that his massive coronavirus relief package is law, is laying out his next big proposal: A roughly $2 trillion plan for improving the nation's infrastructure and shifting to greener energy over the next 8 years.He is set to unveil the effort, dubbed the American Jobs Plan, on Wednesday at an event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- the opening move in what's expected to be .The nation's infrastructure is sorely in need of repair. It recently earned a C- score from the American Society of Civil Engineers, which said an is required over the next decade. But Biden is also pitching his...

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Mar 31
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Biden calls Georgia law 'Jim Crow in the 21st Century' and says Justice Department is 'taking a look'

Biden calls Georgia law 'Jim Crow in the 21st Century' and says Justice Department is 'taking a look'

(CNN) on Friday called a signed into law in Georgia "Jim Crow in the 21st Century" and "an atrocity," saying the Justice Department is "taking a look" at the measure.Asked if there was anything the White House could do to protect voting rights in Georgia, Biden told reporters on a tarmac in Delaware, "We're working on that right now. We don't know quite exactly what we can do at this point. The Justice Department's taking a look as well."A spokesperson for the Justice Department told CNN earlier Friday that the agency is "aware of the law," but had no further comment. In a statement...

Mar 26
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Biden celebrates St. Patrick's Day virtually with Ireland's prime minister

Biden celebrates St. Patrick's Day virtually with Ireland's prime minister

(CNN)President Joe Biden of Ireland for a virtual bilateral meeting on Wednesday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and spoke about his own family's Irish roots. "Everything between Ireland and the United States runs deep, Taoiseach, our joys, our sorrows, our passion, our drive and our unrelenting optimism and hope," Biden said in the Oval Office.Biden thanked the Taoiseach, or prime minister, for the shamrock bowl that was sent over from Ireland to the White House. During the meeting it was placed between Biden and the screen showing the Taoiseach. "Good to have you on television, but next...

September 21, 2020
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White House pulls Tanden nomination

White House pulls Tanden nomination

(CNN)The White House is of Neera Tanden to, according to an administration official.In a statement, President Joe Biden said Tanden requested to withdraw her name from consideration."I have accepted Neera Tanden's request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget," Biden said in a statement. "I have the utmost respect for her record of accomplishment, her experience and her counsel, and I look forward to having her serve in a role in my Administration. She will bring valuable perspective and insight to our work."The former Clinton campaign aide...

Mar 3
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Murkowski to meet with Tanden on Monday as confirmation remains on the rocks

Murkowski to meet with Tanden on Monday as confirmation remains on the rocks

(CNN)Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska will meet on Monday with , the Biden administration's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN. after at least one Democratic and several moderate Republican senators announced their opposition to her appointment because of her past partisan criticisms and sharp social media attacks on lawmakers. Murkowski is seen as a potential swing vote who could save Tanden's nomination, but the senator has not indicated how she would vote. Because the Senate is made up 50-50 of Democrats and Republicans,...

Feb 26
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Biden will seek to raise taxes on richest Americans to fund sweeping education and child care proposals

Biden will seek to raise taxes on richest Americans to fund sweeping education and child care proposals

(CNN)President Joe Biden is preparing to outline the next step of his economic agenda during a joint session to Congress next week and his proposal to pay for it is expected to include Multiple sources familiar with the discussions underway tell CNN that Biden's forthcoming American Family Plan could nearly double the capital gains tax for people who make more than $1 million a year by taxing it like wages and salaries, and raise the top marginal income tax rate from 37% to 39.6% for households making $400,000 or more in income.The idea of the proposed changes is to reward "work, not...

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Mar 17
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