U.S. House narrowly passes Biden’s $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill, clearing 1st hurdle – National

U.S. President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage. Democrats who control the chamber passed the sweeping measure by a mostly party-line vote of […]

US President Joe Biden speaks to Saudi King Salman, discusses end to Yemen war –

United States President Joe Biden spoke to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud on Thursday for the first time since taking office as the US prepares to release a report about the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The publication of the report is a part of Joe Biden’s policy to realign […]

Biden signs executive order mandating review of U.S. supply chains for vital goods – National

U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday intended to boost manufacturing jobs by strengthening U.S. supply chains for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors. The United States has become increasingly reliant on imports of these goods — a potential national security and economic risk that the Biden administration hopes to address with the planned 100-day review […]

‘Human beings are not bartering chips’: Biden calls for China to release 2 Michaels – National

U.S. President Joe Biden said Canada and America will work together to secure the safe release of two Canadians — Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig — detained in China. Biden’s remarks came after a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday afternoon. “Human beings are not bartering chips,” Biden told reporters. “We’re going […]

Trudeau, Biden likely to talk Buy American, China in 1st bilateral meeting today – National

The White House isn’t leaving much wiggle room for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to escape Joe Biden’s Buy American rules. The two leaders are set to meet virtually later today in Biden’s first bilateral meeting since taking over as U.S. president. Trudeau is likely to ask Biden for help in procuring COVID-19 vaccines, since […]

‘To heal, we must remember’: Biden addresses U.S. as COVID-19 deaths surpass 500K – National

With sunset remarks and a national moment of silence, President Joe Biden gave a head-on acknowledgement of the country’s once-unimaginable loss — half a million Americans in the COVID-19 pandemic — in striking contrast to the approach of his predecessor. Confronting the grim milestone directly and publicly, Biden tried to strike a balance between […]

Trudeau, Biden to hold 1st bilateral meeting virtually on Tuesday – National

A date has been set for the first bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden. The Prime Minister’s Office said in an online release that the virtual meeting will take place on Tuesday, where the two are expected to discuss each country’s COVID-19 response, climate change, “their bilateral energy […]

Biden plans Texas trip, disaster declaration as winter storm crisis drags on – National

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday he will approve a disaster declaration for Texas, clearing the way for more aid in a crippling winter storm as he weighed a trip to survey the federal response. Millions of residents in the United States’ biggest oil and gas producer have dealt with power outages, and […]

With Trump’s impeachment trial over, Biden pushes his agenda in televised town hall

President Joe Biden expressed optimism on Tuesday that most US schools would be open by late spring and vowed to continue accelerating the country’s Covid-19 vaccination program, as he sought to elevate his agenda now the drama of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is over. In a wide-ranging televised town hall that touched on the pandemic, […]

‘A gilded cage’: Biden describes life at the White House 4 weeks into presidency – National

Four weeks into his presidency, Joe Biden says he’s still getting used to the trappings of the office. Biden offered a frank description of what it’s like to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. during his CNN town hall Tuesday night, referencing past presidents who have spoken of the building as “a little like a […]