Obama jokingly calls Biden ‘vice president’ on return to White House
In a barnstorming speech to North America’s Building Trades Unions conference, President Joe Biden touted new sanctions against Russia and, without naming him, mocked Rep Matt Gaetz over his cross-examination of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
The president received standing ovations for his remarks on the economy, jobs, and unions, also taking a jab at Amazon’s stance on workplace organising, and his predecessor over taxes (he also went unnamed). Mr Biden rounded out his speech by announcing a $20bn investment in public transit — the largest in US history.
Earlier, Republicans and conservative commentators were condemned for circulating misleadingly edited clips that purport to show the president being humiliatingly ignored in favour of Barack Obama at a White House event yesterday.
Mr Obama was making his first public speech at the executive mansion since he left office — a celebration of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Mr Biden announced changes to the healthcare programme that could see as many as 200,000 uninsured Americans become eligible for coverage.
Asked about advice for Democrats worried about the midterm elections this year, Mr Obama says that they have a story to tell, they “just got to tell it”.
House Democrats accuse oil companies of ‘ripping off the American people’
House Democrats on Wednesday accused oil companies of “ripping off the American people” and putting profits before production as Americans suffer from ever-increasing gasoline prices amid the war in Ukraine.
“At a time of record profits, Big Oil is refusing to increase production to provide the American people some much needed relief at the gas pump,” said Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Oil executives, testifying before Congress for the second time in six months, responded that oil is a global market and that oil companies don’t dictate prices.
Oliver O’Connell6 April 2022 19:47
‘Amazon, here we come’ says Biden at union event
Following Amazon workers’ successful union election in New York, marking the first-ever US union within the retail giant, President Joe Biden underscored worker protections “to make sure the choice to join a union belongs to workers alone.”
“By the way: Amazon, here we come,” he said in remarks to the North America’s Building Trades Unions Legislative Conference on 6 April.
Oliver O’Connell6 April 2022 19:39
Biden hits back at Matt Gaetz over Ukraine questions
The president had some sharp words for Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, who tore into Biden’s Secretary of Defence, Lloyd Austin, during a Tuesday hearing in Congress and criticised the US response to the Ukraine crisis.
Oliver O’Connell6 April 2022 19:20
GOP reacts to Biden speech
GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel reacted to President Joe Biden’s speech, saying: “Biden touts himself as a champion of workers – yet he has actively destroyed thousands of jobs through his mandates, lockdowns, and anti-American energy agenda.”
Oliver O’Connell6 April 2022 19:00