- November 11, 2021
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PRESIDENT Joe Biden delivered a speech on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal at the Port of Baltimore, promising his "blue-collar blueprint" would continue wage growth and production in the United States.
He spoke to a crowd at the Port of Baltimore around 4:10pm ET, detailing plans his administration has for building infrastructure, fighting climate change and producing well-paying jobs.
Biden's remarks on the BID and coming support for the American economy followed alleged reports of an awkward encounter with Camilla Parker Bowles at the COP26 climate summit.
President Joe Biden reportedly broke wind "loudly" while gassing with Camilla Parker Bowles at the COP26 summit.
The Duchess of Cornwall "hasn't stopped talking about" the 78-year-old's "long fart" as it was "impossible to ignore", it's reported.
An insider told the Mail on Sunday the royal was taken aback when she heard the American president break wind as they chatted at the climate change event in Glasgow.
"It was long and loud and impossible to ignore," the source told the outlet. "Camilla hasn't stopped talking about it."
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BIDEN SAYS RETAILERS ARE WORKING TO HAVE STOCK FOR HOLIDAYS
In his speech at Port of Baltimore, Biden said he met with retail leaders and freight companies to speak about having stock for consumers during the upcoming holiday season.
"They’re getting more of their containers off the ports quicker than ever before," Biden added.
He reiterated the statements in a tweet following the speech.
Yesterday, I spoke with CEOs from major retailers Walmart and Target — and leading freight movers FedEx and UPS.
They’ve assured me that shelves will be well-stocked in stores this holiday season.
NO MORE EXTENSIONS: COLLEGE FEDERAL LOAN PAYMENT FREEZE
For those who owe on student loans, the government froze repayments on all federal loans until January 2022.
There have been five extensions of the freeze since Covid-19 shut the country down in March 2020.
The White House said that there will be no more freeze extensions, and borrowers should prepare to resume payments in January.
WILL BIDEN GRANT COLLEGE LOAN FORGIVENESS?
President Biden publicly stated during his campaign that he supported up to $10,000 in forgiveness.
However, the government has not yet forgiven debt for most borrowers, and the president has not recently shared any plan for it.
Some Democrats in Congress are pushing for up to $50,000 of loan forgiveness for borrowers.
JOE SAYS PUBLIC TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE IS ‘INADEQUATE’
In a tweet, President Joe Biden claimed that his infrastructure deal would make the largest investment in public transit in US history.
The truth is America’s public transit infrastructure is inadequate.
The infrastructure deal will make the largest investment in public transit in our nation’s history — helping make daily commutes more reliable and more efficient.
‘WE NEED TO STAY UNIFIED’
President Biden addressed Democrats at the DNC event on Tuesday, warning them that the party needed to stick together and fight for Americans.
“My message is this: we need to remember what got us to the White House in the first place. We won in 2020 as a unified party, maybe more unified than ever. Now as we look at 2022, we need to stay unified,” said Biden earlier today.
“We need to remember that the American people sent us here to deliver to make their lives better.”
BIDEN WILL FOCUS ON EAST COAST PORTS NEXT
"We’re announcing steps to improve ports on the East Coast to provide support for the Port of Savannah, the fourth-largest container port in the country, to help reduce congestion," Biden said.
"With our help, they now have the funds they need to set up five new inland port sites in Georgia and North Carolina so goods can get closer to their final destination more quickly."
BIDEN SAYS PACIFIC PORT PLOT IS 'ALREADY PAYING OFF'
Biden said that additional support provided to ports in Los Angelesand Long Beach is "already paying off."
"Forty percent of everything in the Pacific comes through those two ports."
Heavy traffic meant that ships were crowding the port, with long lines of ships waiting to unload.
"So they all agreed they’re going to go 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Biden said.
As a result, "last week, the number of container ships in the docks for more than nine days fell by over 20 percent."
BIDEN DETAILS PORT DEALS AND IMPROVING SHIP-TO-SHELVES FLOW
Biden, speaking to a crowd of many longshoremen at the port, said, "I’m not waiting to sign a bill to start improving the flow of goods from ships to shelves."
On Tuesday, he announced a "port plan of action," which "lays out concrete steps for my administration to take over the next three months to invest in our ports and to relieve bottlenecks. "
He also pointed towards progress made in October.
"Last month, I reached a deal with two of the largest ports in America — the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
"And I met with you guys, with the longshoremen there, and we worked out a deal between the port owners and the longshoremen to move toward operating those two ports."
BIDEN VOWS TO TAKE AMERICA 'OFF THE SIDELINES' IN MANUFACTURING
Biden told the crowd in Baltimore that he'll bring manufacturing back to the forefront of the US economy.
"I’m going to get America off the sidelines on manufacturing," he said.
"The manufacturing of solar panels, wind turbines, batteries to store energy and power the electric vehicles from school buses to automobiles."
He also spoke about other means of tackling the climate crisis and increasing employment in one move.
"We’re also going to make historic investments in environmental cleanup and remediation, rebuilding resilience against superstorms and droughts and wildfires and hurricanes," he said.
BIDEN ON BILLIONAIRES: 'I'M A CAPITALIST, MAN'
Speaking on taxes and big business at his address in Baltimore, Biden said, "I’m a capitalist, man."
"You should be able to be a millionaire or billionaire if you can.
"But pay your fair share. Pay something along the line."
WHERE HAS JOE BIDEN BEEN IN NOVEMBER?
US AND CHINA UNITE ON REDUCING EMISSIONS, DEFORESTATION
The US and China have vowed to tackle global warming together in a rare joint declaration at the COP26 conference.
The rival nations put aside their differences in Glasgow and pledged to take "enhanced" action to get a grip of the climate crisis over the next ten years.
They committed to working together to cap global temperature rises to 1.5C while also agreeing to take specific measures to cut methane emissions.
Over the next decade, China and the US – the world's two largest polluters – also said they would enforce bans on imports linked to illegal deforestation.
China also doubled down on their earlier promise to "phase down coal consumption" from 2026 and ensured they would "make the best efforts to accelerate this work".
The countries assured they would "work co-operatively" at the COP26 conference in a bid to convince other nations to join a deal to speed up carbon-reduction pledges.
INFRASTRUCTURE BILL INCLUDES ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING PORTS
Supporting alternative energy is a huge priority for Biden and his infrastructure plans.
"We’re going to build the first-ever national network of electric vehicle charging stations all across the country," Biden said.
That will be possible thanks to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a union that has members all over America.
"IBEW is going to put in 500,000 charging stations across the country," Biden said.
WHY DID BIDEN DELIVER REMARKS AT THE PORT OF BALTIMORE?
Biden spoke at the Port of Baltimore to put emphasis on ports' vital role in the supply chain.
"Let me explain the part that the ports play and why they’re so critically important," Biden said.
"Last week, we took a monumental step forward as a nation and we did something long overdue and long talked about in Washington but almost never actually done: The House of Representatives passed my Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.
"Along with another plan that I’m advancing, this bill is going to reduce the cost of goods to consumers and businesses, and get people back to work, helping us build an economy from the bottom up and the middle out that — where everybody is better off."
WHAT ARE BIDEN'S PRIORITIES FOR REINVIGORATING THE ECONOMY?
Biden spoke about his economic priorities in Baltimore.
"Getting prices down, number one," Biden said.
"Number two, making sure our stores are fully stocked, and number three, getting a lot of people back to work."
WHY IS BIDEN'S PLAN CALLED 'BUILD BACK BETTER'?
In his speech Wednesday at the Port of Baltimore, President Biden explained his reasoning behind the name "Build Back Better."
"We’re the only country in the world, as a matter of history, that every crisis we’ve faced we’ve come out better on the other side," Biden said.
"We not only beat it," he said, but "we’ve come out better than we were before we went into the crisis."
He also said that over the last ten years, the United States has "underestimated" itself.
HOW WILL BIDEN’S BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA CREATE JOBS?
The president claims his plan will invest in workforce development, which will train millions of Americans for high-quality jobs, especially those like construction jobs that will support national infrastructure goals.
Biden is pledging to create clean energy jobs that are unionized and beneficial to the climate.
The plan also addresses the teacher shortage and claims it will expand free meals to an additional 9.3million students, and upgrade school infrastructure.
BIDEN PRAISES FALLING UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS
President Joe Biden lauded the efforts of his administration in getting unemployment levels down on Wednesday.
“Today, we learned that we have had six consecutive weeks of decline in new unemployment claims. Unemployment claims are down 70% since I took office and falling at the fastest rate since the 1950s,” he wrote on Twitter.
“America is getting back to work.”
Today, we learned that we have had six consecutive weeks of decline in new unemployment claims. Unemployment claims are down 70% since I took office and falling at the fastest rate since the 1950s.
America is getting back to work.
BIDEN ACKNOWLEDGES INFLATION IN BALTIMORE ADDRESS
Biden made a nod to the Department of Labor's troubling inflation findings in his speech at the Port of Baltimore.
"Everything from a gallon of gas to a loaf of bread costs more," the President said.
"Many people remain unsettled about the economy and we all know why. They see higher prices."
Supply chain issues are also worrying consumers, President Biden said.
"They can't find what they always want and when they want it.
"And we're tracking these issues and trying to figure out how to tackle them head on."
INFLATION RAGES ON, HITTING THIRTY-YEAR HIGH
New data released by the Department of Labor prior to Biden's speech today shows inflation is continuing to buffet the country, and Americans are wondering how to adjust.
The consumer price index, which measures products ranging from gas and groceries, leaped 6.2% in October versus the previous year.
That marks the highest the figure has been in more than three decades.
BIDEN SAYS UNIONS, INFRASTRUCTURE KEY TO AMERICAN EXCELLENCE
Biden pointed to improving infrastructure and creating union jobs as the two keys to "Building Back Better" and keeping America at the forefront of the global economy.
Infrastructure is key to surviving other major global disruptions, like the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The longer-term view means building greater resilience to withstand both the shocks and disruptions that we can anticipate as the world continues to change.
"Pandemics, weather extremes, cyber-attacks, whatever else comes our way–and they're all going to come our way," Biden said.
Meanwhile, Biden emphasized that union jobs are crucial to protecting the American workforce.
"When disruption hits, companies can quickly adapt, because they're invested in their workers, their skills, their training," Biden said.
He added that unions foster a sense of "dignity and respect" that American workers should receive in the workplace.
BIDEN WILL SIGN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL INTO LAW ON MONDAY
President Biden will sign the bipartisan infrastructure bill into law on Monday, November 15.
For the ceremony, Biden will be joined by members of Congress, as well as "a diverse group of leaders who fought for its passage across the country, ranging from Governors and Mayors of both parties to labor union and business leaders." according to a statement on the White House website.
BIDEN IS 'TIRED OF TRICKLE-DOWN,' TIME TO FOCUS ON MIDDLE CLASS
In his remarks at the Port of Baltimore, Biden said the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will focus on "helping us build an economy from the bottom up and the middle out," giving average Americans the resources they need to succeed.
And while Biden said that he's a capitalist, and supports Americans' right to "become millionaires and billionaires," he also thinks it's time for those taxpayers to pay "their fair share."
"I'm tired of this trickle-down economy stuff," Biden said.
INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL IS 'ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION' INVESTMENT
"This is a once-in-a-generation investment to create good-paying jobs, modernize infrastructure, turn the climate crisis into an opportunity," said Biden.
He also said the key to fighting the climate crisis is by focusing on job creation.
"When I talk climate to other world leaders, I say, 'When we're dealing with climate, think jobs. Good jobs,'" Biden added.
WHAT IS THE BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA?
President Joe Biden is pushing to get his Build Back Better Agenda passed. The plan promises to create jobs, cut taxes, and lower living costs for working families.
The plan would address hardships which were temporarily aided by stimulus payments.
If the proposal is passed, it will also extend child tax credit payments for an additional year.
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