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Nikki Fried: White House has Florida’s back against DeSantis’ schools masks policies

BY: - August 11, 2021

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Nikki Fried vowed Wednesday to leverage her relationship with the White House to protect local school districts facing punishment for going against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates for children. Fried, the only statewide-elected Democrat and 2022 gubernatorial candidate, criticized DeSantis during a news conference for threatening to […]

DeSantis, federal officials, want Biden to restore Internet access in Cuba; FL’s role won’t be easy

BY: - July 15, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis and other officials on Thursday called on President Joe Biden to take immediate action on restoring Internet access to the people of Cuba, following shutdowns of Internet service and protests in Florida and elsewhere against Cuba’s Communist government. But DeSantis said during a press conference in Miami that the state’s effort to […]

Biden and bipartisan senators clinch a deal on $1.2T infrastructure plan

BY: - June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators said Thursday they’ve struck a deal on the outlines of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, marking a breakthrough on federal dollars for road and bridge projects after weeks of negotiations—but with significant hurdles still ahead. President Joe Biden stood with the 10 senators […]

With COVID-19 vaccine goal faltering, White House, other groups, redouble efforts to vaccinate Americans

BY: - June 23, 2021

First Lady Jill Biden is scheduled to visit COVID-19 vaccine sites in the Orlando area and Tampa on Thursday, part of a nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven’t been vaccinated yet. She’s expected to visit a drive-through vaccine site at Osceola Community Health Services in Kissimmee, and later attend a vaccination event in Tampa, […]

Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

BY: - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. known as Juneteenth. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names—Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at the White […]

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s voting record in the spotlight following Biden remarks

BY: - June 3, 2021

WASHINGTON—The White House on Wednesday said that comments made earlier this week by President Joe Biden about “two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends” were not a criticism of moderate Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin. Biden did not name the senators, but they were widely considered to be […]

Biden urges Congress to act on policing reform after meeting with George Floyd family

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — A year after George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, his family returned Tuesday to Washington, D.C., where lawmakers have been attempting to craft a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s policing laws. Congress failed to act by the anniversary of Floyd’s death — the deadline that President Joe Biden had urged lawmakers […]

President Biden picks Yale lawyer, civil rights educator for a top federal education role

BY: - May 13, 2021

President Joe Biden intends to nominate Catherine Lhamon for assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, according to a White House announcement on Thursday. Lhamon has been in the position before, when President Barack Obama nominated her and the Senate confirmed her in 2013, according to a bio from a White House […]

White House aims sales pitch for infrastructure plan at the states

BY: - April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s 7,540 miles of highway roads in poor condition. Florida’s $100 billion in damages over the last decade from extreme weather events. The 1 in 4 Idahoans with no access to broadband internet, and 1 in 2 living in areas with too-few licensed child care centers. In the next phase of President Joe Biden’s sales pitch for his $2 […]

Biden opens up eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines, as infections surge in some states

BY: - April 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Every adult in the U.S. will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by April 19, President Joe Biden said Tuesday, praising governors for lifting restrictions on vaccine eligibility earlier than his original May 1 deadline. But his remarks also came as states such as Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania reported worrisome COVID-19 trends. Michigan has […]

It’s official: Biden taps former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida to lead nation’s space program

BY: - March 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden said Friday that he’s picked former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida to head up NASA. The White House in its announcement stressed Nelson’s long experience with the U.S. space program. Nelson, a Democrat, chaired the Space Subcommittee as a member of the U.S. House for six years and during his time […]

Vaccinations slow after storms delay shipments of 6 million COVID-19 doses

BY: - February 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — 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 […]