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United States joins Paris climate agreement

President Biden told leaders of the Group of 7 nations that climate change is a priority for his administration as the United States officially joined the Paris climate agreement on Friday.

We can no longer delay or do the bare minimum to tackle climate change. It is a global existential crisis. And we will all suffer, we will all suffer the consequences if we fail. We need to quickly step up our commitments to aggressively reduce our emissions and hold each other accountable for achieving our goals and increasing our ambitions. This is why, as president, I immediately joined the Paris agreement. And from today, the United States is officially, once again, a party to the Paris Agreement, which we helped put in place. On Earth Day, I will host a leaders’ summit to help drive more ambitious actions among major emitters, including national climate action here in the United States. I am grateful and grateful for Europe’s continued leadership on climate issues over the past four years. Together, we must invest in the technological innovations that will fuel our clean energy future and enable us to create clean energy solutions in global markets.

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Video: New data demonstrates vaccine safety, says CDC director

TimesVideoNew Data demonstrates vaccine safety, says CDC director. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said data from a study of Covid-19 vaccinations in the United States shows that Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe and that serious side effects are rare.

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Video: Biden calls coronavirus aid an ‘economic imperative’

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Biden calls coronavirus aid an ‘economic imperative’

President Biden signed two executive orders on Friday directing more federal aid to Americans struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic and laying the groundwork for instituting a $ 15 minimum wage for federal employees.

We remain in a once-in-a-century public health crisis that has led to the most unequal economic and occupational crisis in modern history. And the crisis is only getting worse, it is not getting better. It deepens. We cannot, will not let people go hungry. We cannot let people get kicked out for nothing they have done themselves, and we cannot see people losing their jobs. And we must act. We must act now. It is not just about upholding the moral obligation to treat our fellow Americans with the dignity and respect they deserve. It is an economic imperative. I sign a whole-of-government executive order, a whole-of-government effort, to help millions of Americans who are gravely suffering – demands that all federal agencies do what they can to help families , small businesses and communities. . And in the days to come, I expect the agencies to act. Let me talk about two ways in which these actions can help change the lives of Americans. The Agriculture Ministry will consider taking immediate action to make it easier for the most affected families to register and claim more generous benefits in the essential area of ​​food and nutrition assistance. I expect the Ministry of Labor to guarantee the right to refuse a job that will jeopardize your health, and if so, you may still be eligible for insurance. It is a judgment. the labor department will do. We are in a national emergency. We must act as if we are in a national emergency. So we have to move with everything we have. We have to do it together. The first is economic relief linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. The second is the protection of the federal workforce.

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Video: US to work with WHO on global virus response, says Fauci

TimesVideoU.S. Will work with WHO on the global virus response, says Fauci Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, said the United States will remain in the World Health Organization and pledged to engage in the international Covid-19 response.

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Video: ‘Democracy prevailed’: Biden calls for national unity

Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause – the cause of democracy. The people, the will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heard. We have learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed. [applause] So now on this sacred ground, where just a few days ago, violence sought to shake the very foundations of the Capitol, we come together as one nation, under God, indivisible, to effect the peaceful transfer of power as we do. ‘ve been doing for over two centuries. As we look to the future in our own unique way in the United States – restless, bold, optimistic – and aim for a nation that we know we can and should be. To restore the soul and secure America’s future, it takes more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity. With unity we can do great things, important things. We can right the wrongs. We can make people work in good jobs. We can teach our children in safe schools. We can defeat the deadly virus. We can reward work and rebuild the middle class and ensure safe health care for all. We can do racial justice and we can make America, once again, the main force for good in the world.

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Video: ‘Will not happen again’: Mayorkas vows to protect Capitol

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‘Will not happen again’: Mayorkas vows to protect Capitol

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the Homeland Security Secretary’s candidate, said he would work to ensure the United States is protected from domestic threats and another attack on the Capitol.

The United States faces significant security concerns and threats, and I would just like the committee to know that this senator is confident that all Americans will demonstrate positive leadership and urges the committee to support his appointment. This committee worked to create the Department of Homeland Security following the horrific events of September 11, 2001. At the time, we were primarily concerned with foreign threats coming from outside our country’s borders. As we sit here today with the Capitol complex surrounded by fences and thousands of National Guard members all around us, threats the Department is tasked with protecting us from our very different. Well, foreign threat actors remain a concern, the attack on Capitol Hill on January 6 was an attack on our democracy itself. In my opinion, the love for this country that I learned from my parents only made the January 6 attack on our Capitol all the more horrific. If I have the honor to be confirmed, I will do everything possible to ensure that the tragic loss of human life, the aggression against the police, the desiccation of the building which constitutes one of the three pillars of our democracy, the terror that you felt that your colleagues, your staff and everyone present would not perform.

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Video: Biden bids emotional farewell before heading to Washington

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Biden bids emotional farewell before heading to Washington

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. bade farewell to his home state of Delaware the day before his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States.

You know, you’re all – it’s a little emotional … [applause] … for me. [applause] So look, you’ve been with me my whole career, and through the good times and the bad, I want to thank you for everything. To my fellow Delawareans, on behalf of the entire Biden family who are here today, I want to express how much you mean to me, to each of us. And so it’s deeply personal that our next trip to Washington begins here, a place that defines the best of who we are as Americans. I know – I know these are dark times, but there is always light. This is what makes this state so special. That’s what it taught me – it taught me the most – there is always light. I am proud, proud, proud, proud to be a son of Delaware. And I’m even more proud to be here doing this from the Major Beau Biden installation. Ladies and gentlemen, I have only one regret. He’s not here – because we should present him as president.

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Video: Pelosi: Security requires “truth and trust”

When we talk about security, we have to talk about truth and trust. In order to serve here with each other, we have to trust that people keep their oath of office, respect this institution. We have to trust each other. If, in fact, members of Congress are found to have been complicit in this insurgency, if they have aided and abetted the crime, it may be necessary to take action beyond Congress and in terms of prosecution. We must, however, object this whole complex to close scrutiny in light of what has happened and the fact that the inauguration is imminent. To that end, I have asked retired Lieutenant-General Russel Honoré to lead an immediate review of security, infrastructure, interagency processes, and command and control.

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Video: Biden unveils plan to fight coronavirus

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Biden unveils plan to fight coronavirus

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. called the current vaccine rollout a “dismal failure” and pledged to act aggressively to increase availability, improve access and speed up production of needed supplies.

Vaccines offer so much hope. We are grateful to the scientists and researchers and to all who participated in the clinical trials. We are grateful for the integrity of the process, examination and rigorous testing that has enabled millions of people around the world to be safely vaccinated already. But the deployment of the vaccine in the United States has so far been a dismal failure. And in today’s presentation, we discussed five things, five things we’re going to do, to try to make a difference. First, we will work immediately with states to open up vaccinations to more priority groups. The process of establishing priority groups is driven by science, but the problem is that the implementation has been too rigid and confusing. The second thing we’re going to change, if we get more people vaccinated, we need more vaccination sites. This is what we will use all the resources of the federal government to create thousands of community vaccination centers. The third change we are going to make is that we are going to fully activate pharmacies across the country to get the vaccination. As many weapons as quickly as possible. The fourth thing we are going to do is use all the strength of the federal government to increase the vaccine supply. As I said before, we will use the Defense Production Act to work with private industry to speed up the manufacture of the materials needed to deliver and administer the vaccine. Fifth, we will always be honest and transparent about our position, both good and bad. We will make sure that national and local authorities know how much supply they will receive. And when they can expect to get it so they can plan. It will be one of the most difficult operational efforts ever undertaken by our country. But you have my word, and we are handling this operation. But as I said last night, we need congressional funding to make it happen, and I’m optimistic. I have no doubts that the American people are prepared to spare no effort and no expense to achieve this.

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Video: Fed Won’t Raise Interest Rates Anytime Soon, Says Powell

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Fed Won’t Raise Interest Rates Anytime Soon, Says Powell

Jerome H. Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, said the US economy was far from recovery and the central bank would not raise interest rates anytime soon.

The economy is far from our targets and, as I have mentioned a few times, we are strongly committed to adopting a framework for using our monetary policy tools until the job is well and truly done. When the time comes to raise interest rates, we will certainly do so during that time. By the way, it’s not the time anytime soon. Remember we are a long way from maximum employment. There is a lot of slack in the job market. Wage pressures are unlikely to rise to a level that would create – sustain higher inflation. Second, the other factor that I would like to point out is looking around the world, the shortage of demand in many large, advanced economy countries around the world with – which started this crisis at deeply negative interest rates and who had little leeway with interest. rates. Now, there are other things they can do, and they are doing, but this is all going to last a while. And the US economy is highly integrated with the rest of the world. And it’s going to matter. Surveys now show that market participants expect us not to raise rates until inflation hits 2 percent, and the labor market is strong. And that is also in line with our rate forecast. I am optimistic about the economy for the next two years. I really have, and we have to get through this very difficult time this winter with the spread of Covid. But as vaccines come out and we get Covid under control, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the U.S. economy.

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