Harris, Pelosi Make History Seated Behind Biden At Speech

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are making history as the first two women to share the stage in Congress during a presidential address. President Joe Biden is delivering his first prime-time speech before a joint session of Congress. He greeted the two women standing behind him with a “Madam […]

‘Congress Should Act,’ Biden Tells Lawmakers Near And Far

The Latest on President Joe Biden’s first joint address to Congress (all times local): 11 p.m. South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott has used the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress to vow that “America is not a racist country.” Scott, the only Black Republican senator, seized on Biden’s calls earlier in the […]

LIVE: Biden’s Address To Congress, Annotated

President Biden is addressing a joint session of Congress on the eve of 100 days in office. Watch his remarks live below. The speech comes about 100 days into his presidency, and will be delivered to a Capitol chamber with reduced occupancy, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden is expected to detail his […]

First Lady Biden Discusses Higher Education Investments In Illinois Visit

SPRINGFIELD—First lady Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon on Monday to discuss how the American Rescue Plan will support higher education in Illinois. After touring the facility, Cardona and the first lady announced President Joe Biden’s investment in higher education through the American Rescue Plan, […]

Biden Administration Says It Will Withdraw U.S. Troops From Afghanistan By Sept. 11

WASHINGTON – President Biden will withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that prompted America’s involvement in its longest war, a senior administration official told reporters on Tuesday. Some 2,500 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, and as many as 1,000 more special operations forces are also reported […]

‘It Has To Stop’: Biden Takes Initial Action On Guns, Calls On Congress To Do More

WASHINGTON – Declaring U.S. gun violence an “epidemic” and “an international embarrassment,” President Biden outlined actions to regulate certain firearms and to try to prevent gun violence after a spate of mass shootings in recent weeks and pressure from advocates. “This is an epidemic, for God’s sake, and it has to stop,” Biden said. Biden made […]

Biden Unveils What He Calls A ‘Once-In-A-Generation’ Infrastructure Proposal

PITTSBURGH – The country’s infrastructure is badly in need of repair, both major parties agree. But for years they haven’t been able to agree on a proposal, or how to pay for it. In Pittsburgh on Wednesday, President Biden detailed a $2 trillion package that he said would lead to “transformational progress.” Biden said this is “not a […]

Biden Makes 1st Judicial Nominations, Including A Supreme Court Contender

WASHINGTON – President Biden announced his first judicial nominations Tuesday, including Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Court of Appeals seat vacated by Merrick Garland when he became U.S. attorney general. Jackson is considered a potential Supreme Court contender. In a statement, the White House said Biden would nominate 10 “individuals to serve as Federal Circuit […]

200 Million: Biden Issues New Vaccine Goal During His 1st Press Conference

WASHINGTON – President Biden is doubling his original COVID-19 vaccination goal to 200 million shots in arms by his 100th day in office — which is about a month from now — he said in the first news conference of his presidency on Thursday. When he entered office, Biden said his goal was 100 million vaccine […]

Biden Urges Immediate Action From Senate On Gun Bills After Colorado Shooting

WASHINGTON – President Biden said Tuesday that he and first lady Jill Biden were “devastated” by Monday’s shooting in Boulder, Colo., and called on the Senate to pass to gun bills passed by the House earlier this month that would tighten gun laws. Acknowledging there is more to confirm about the shooter’s weapons and motivation, Biden […]

Deb Haaland Confirmed As First Native American Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON – Deb Haaland, a member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo, has become the first Native American cabinet secretary in U.S. history. The Senate voted 51-40 Monday to confirm the Democratic Congresswoman to lead the Interior Department, an agency that will play a crucial role in the Biden administration’s ambitious efforts to combat climate change and […]

‘Life-Changing’ Stimulus Checks Begin Rolling Out

WASHINGTON – When Mike Phelps moved from Detroit to western Kentucky in 2019, he brought his small business, GenDrop, with him. GenDrop rents out generator power for concerts and music festivals. Phelps had already powered nearly 100 special events throughout Michigan, and he hoped to do the same in his new state. But when the pandemic hit, […]