Psaki said it remained a “core issue for the president” but didn’t offer a strategy for passing legislation stalled in Congress.Psaki demurred on questions about the filibuster, which Biden has expressed an openness to reforming but does not support eliminating.
Earlier Biden had said his national security team was preparing a “meaningful set of initiatives” to address the escalating situation.“We want to make sure that we are prepared,” Psaki said.The White House has been “engaged in the possibility of a call” with the Russian leader, Psaki said.Asked about Russia’s desire for assurances that Ukraine will not be allowed to join Nato, Psaki said it was not up to Russia to decide who is and isn’t a part of the alliance.
Psaki also said Biden would deliver remarks on Monday about how the Build Back Better Act, currently pending before the Senate, would lower the cost of prescription drug pricesIn a press release, the White House again thanked Congressional leaders and a bipartisan group of Senators for reaching a deal and averting a shutdown at midnight“Thank you to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Chairman Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman Richard Shelby, and Chair Rosa DeLauro,” the White House saidAccording to a memo released by the White House and signed by O’Connor, Biden was tested three times for Covid this week and separately tested for respiratory pathogens such as flu & strepLawyer and associate of Donald Trump John Eastman as indicated he is asserting his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the investigation by the special House committee investigating events surrounding the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6 by extremist Trump supporters
Eastman hereby asserts his Fifth Amendment right not to be a witness against himself in response to your subpoena,” attorney Charles Burnham wrote earlier this week in a letter on behalf of Eastman and sent to the chair of that bipartisan committee, Mississippi Democratic congressman Bennie ThompsonEastman was subpoenaed by the committee last monthHouse investigators are taking a special interest in Eastman after it emerged that he outlined scenarios for overturning the election in a memo for a 4 January White House meeting that included Trump, the former vice-president Mike Pence and Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, Hugo Lowell previously reported for Guardian USBurnham’s letter continues: “Members of this very Committee have openly spoken of making criminal referrals to the Department of Justice and described the Committee’s work in terms of determining “guilt or innocence..
6 committee witness to plead the Fifth to avoid self-incriminationHe was especially gleeful about the retirement of congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the chairman of the transportation and infrastructure committee, who said this week that he will not seek re-election after more than three decades in Congress“It’s different when a committee chair announces retirement,” McCarthy saidHe said it was a clear sign that Democrats know “they’re not going to be in the majority the next time”House minority leader Kevin McCarthy said the Islamophobic remarks by Republican congresswoman Laura Boebert and Majorie Taylor Greene hurt the party as it tries to keep the focus on discontent over the economy and other problems facing the Biden administrationHe called the comments by the lawmakers “things we would not want to deal with”But McCarthy has so far chosen not to take action against his own members, leaving it to Democrats to respond
House Democrats stripped Greene of her committee assignments earlier this year over violent and bigoted comments she made before being elected, and last month censured Arizona congressman Paul Gosar for sharing an anime video that depicted him killing congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
He was also stripped of his committee assignmentsNew: House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy admits at news conference that behavior of Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert are “things we would not want to deal with” — but worth noting they have so far ignored himBut McCarthy acknowledged their rhetoric could cause political problems for the partyHe said Boebert’s apology to congresswoman Ilhan Omar should be sufficient, after the Colorado congresswoman made a joke about terrorism when sharing an elevator with Omar, who is Muslim
Boebert apologized to “anyone in the Muslim community” in a post on Twitter and then called Omar to apologize personally, McCarthy said
But Omar said the call was “unproductive” and implored McCarthy to “actually hold his party accountable”Asked how the situation involving Boebert differs from the one involving former congressman Steve King, who was removed by the Republican leader from his committee assignments in 2019 after making comments supportive of white nationalism, McCarthy again insisted that Boebert’s apology was the right course of action
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