Following is the breaking news headlines for today, January 23, 2021.
Unions that endorsed Joe Biden for president are experiencing some buyer’s remorse only days after his inauguration. In one of his first actions in the White House, President Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline. Now, the unions that supported Biden are criticizing the newly-elected president for the political move that they say will “kill thousands of good-paying union jobs!”
The Keystone XL pipeline was first proposed in 2008, but the Obama administration vetoed the 1,200-mile pipeline in November 2015. On his fourth day in office, former President Donald Trump signed an executive order to advance the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline project, which would pump 35 million gallons of crude oil a day from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska.
Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta, appeared on Fox News’ “The Story,” where he said that Biden’s move “kills thousands of union labor jobs on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border and counterintuitively makes the United States more dependent on ‘dictatorships’ for its energy needs.”
Andy Black, president and CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, said, “Killing 10,000 jobs and taking $2.2 billion in payroll out of workers’ pockets is not what Americans need or want right now.”
President Biden on Friday told Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that he will reverse the Trump administration’s “draconian” immigration policies — in a week in which the new U.S. president has signed a flurry of immigration orders.
A readout from the White House said that Biden spoke with Lopez Obrador to “review bilateral cooperation on a range of bilateral and regional issues, particularly regional migration.”
“The President outlined his plan to reduce migration by addressing its root causes, increasing resettlement capacity and lawful alternative immigration pathways, improving processing at the border to adjudicate requests for asylum, and reversing the previous administration’s draconian immigration policies,” the statement said.
“The two leaders agreed to work closely to stem the flow of irregular migration to Mexico and the United States, as well as to promote development in the Northern Triangle of Central America,” it said. “They also recognized the importance of coordination to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.”
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were awkwardly left out of the White House on Wednesday without anyone to let them inside, according to reports.
The Daily Mail reported that hours after Biden’s inauguration, the Bidens and their entourage of family and friends made their way to their new home — a building vacated earlier that morning by then-President Donald Trump and his own family.
Video shows the pair standing for a few moments as “Hail to the Chief” was playing. On the video shared by the Daily Mail, it appears as though they were waiting for the door to magically open for them for about 10 seconds.
According to the Daily Mail, perhaps the Bidens had expected a White House support staffer to be there to let them in. The only problem was, they had reportedly just fired at least one of them in White House chief usher Timothy Harleth.
House Democrats are working on legislation that would permanently expand the child tax credit to provide thousands per year per child to tens of millions of Americans in the form of monthly recurring payments.
Under the American Family Act, tax credits would be “fully refundable” and the IRS would send $300 monthly checks for families with a child under 6 and $250 payments for children between 6 and 17. That would amount to $3600 per year for children under 6 and $3000 for older children.
Reps. Suzanne Delbene, D-Wash., and Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., are working on introducing the bill, according to The Hill.
The bill was introduced in the last Congress and earned the support of 38 of 47 Democrats and 187 of 232 House Democrats. President Biden has since out in support of an expansion of the tax credit as part of a coronavirus relief package, but only for one year.
A one-year expansion would cost about $120 billion, according to the nonpartisan fiscal watchdog Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Republicans are generally expected to oppose the measure due to its price tag.
“Reps. DelBene and DeLauro are planning to reintroduce the American Family Act soon. We are currently working through technical changes to the bill, including discussions with the Biden administration on how this would be implemented to get benefits to families quickly and efficiently,” Nick Martin, a DelBene spokesperson, said.
The vast majority of Americans want Biden administration officials to stop the migrant caravan making its way through Central America when it reaches the southern border, a sentiment that comes as President Biden seeks to make amnesty for over 11 million illegal aliens a reality, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday found.
A caravan of Honduran migrants is reportedly making its way to the southern border as the Biden administration begins to undo many of former President Trump’s policies, making immigration reform a top priority. Biden has been pushing an amnesty plan in his first days in office, aiming to grant U.S. citizenship to anyone who can prove they were in the United States illegally on or before January 1. While a Biden transition team member told NBC News that “now is not the time to make the journey” to the U.S., the official did say that help is “on the way.”
A Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday showed that 60 percent of likely U.S. voters want officials to halt the caravan at the border.
“That’s double the 30% of voters who believe the migrants should be allowed to enter the United States temporarily until each of their cases can be individually reviewed,” Rasmussen found. The survey also found that a plurality, or 48 percent, view it as a bad idea to stop the construction of the border wall. Forty-five percent say otherwise.
The opinions appear to be deeply partisan, with 82 percent of Republicans expressing the view that the caravan should be stopped at the border, followed by 63 percent of unaffiliated voters and 38 percent of Democrats who believe the same.
The Biden administration on Friday defended the decision to remove a bust of former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the Oval Office — creating a bright video designed to remind people “what the Special Relationship is truly about.”
“We’ve seen some discussion about the Churchill Bust, so we just wanted to remind everyone what the Special Relationship is truly about,” a tweet from the U.S. Embassy to the U.K. said.
The video contrasts pictures of the bust, which it describes as “just a bust of Winston Churchill” with pictures of former presidents meeting with former prime ministers — and highlights of the U.S. U.K. relationship.
“Largest investors in each others countries. This is the Special Relationship,” the video said. “The Special Relationship is about people, values & trust.”