Monday, February 08, 2021

PRESIDENT BIDEN - Policies Update

"Biden looks to ramp up pandemic relief as Republicans press for smaller aid packagePBS NewsHour 2/1/2021


SUMMARY:  Negotiations over new action to stimulate the economy are moving into higher gear Monday.  After releasing a $1.9 trillion aid plan last month, President Biden held a first meeting with Senate Republicans who are pushing an alternative plan.  White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor reports.



"Biden rolls back Trump’s immigration policies with a raft of initiativesPBS NewsHour 2/2/2021


SUMMARY:  President Biden is out with a raft of initiatives Tuesday directed at the U.S. southern border, and the man who will manage immigration policies, Alejandro Mayorkas is joining his Cabinet after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security.  Yamiche Alcindor reports.



"Biden’s economic adviser on pandemic relief: ‘We can’t afford to wait another few months’PBS NewsHour 2/2/2021


SUMMARY:  President Biden appears ready to continue the push for his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan a day after he met with Senate Republicans to discuss its size and scope.  Jared Bernstein, who was appointed to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the Biden administration’s stance on the plan.



"How President Biden’s policy shifts are impacting immigrantsPBS NewsHour 2/2/2021


SUMMARY:  President Biden signed a series of executive actions Tuesday undoing many of the Trump administration's signature immigration policies.  This follows orders he already signed that reverse other controversial Trump era immigration items, like reinstating the DACA program and stopping construction of the border wall.  We spoke to some of those who are immediately and directly impacted by the changes.



"Arizona community divided over border wall after Biden’s policy changesPBS NewsHour 2/3/2021


SUMMARY:  In Arizona, people are feeling the impact of President Biden's order to halt border wall construction.  While the wall's presence has already had a profound impact on border communities, its enduring legacy under a new President remains unclear.  Amna Nawaz reports.



"Bipartisan report urges the Biden administration to remain committed to AfghanistanPBS NewsHour 2/1/2021


SUMMARY:  One of the Biden administration's primary foreign policy challenges is how to end the United States' longest war.  A new bipartisan report urges the administration to remain committed to Afghanistan and ongoing peace talks.  Nick Schifrin reports.



"Congressional Democrats back blueprint for Biden’s relief planPBS NewsHour 2/5/2021


SUMMARY:  President Biden's plans to pass a $1.9 trillion stimulus package picked up some momentum Friday as Democrats in Congress approved a basic blueprint.  While the measures don't have the force of law, lawmakers are expected to begin writing the details of a major package next week.  Yamiche Alcindor reports.

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