LOCAL NEWS: Better Bridges, More Jobs on the Way Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

18 Jan

In case you missed it, on Friday, President Biden announced $27 billion in funding to fix 15,000 bridges across the country in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Tribal communities thanks to his Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. With this announcement, bridges will become safer and more usable, and small towns and rural areas will have better access to essential services and businesses – all while creating good-paying jobs. 

Take a look at what they’re reading across the country about Friday’s announcement: 

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

18 Jan

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. They discussed the January 10 Strategic Stability Dialogue, January 12 NATO-Russia Council, and January 13 OSCE Permanent Council meetings. The Secretary stressed the importance of continuing a diplomatic path to de-escalate tensions surrounding the deeply troubling Russian military build-up in and near Ukraine. The Secretary reiterated the unshakable U.S. commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and underscored that any discussion of European security must include NATO Allies and European partners, including Ukraine.

Biden’s War On Parents

18 Jan

Last week we learned that President Biden’s Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona,  “solicited” the letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) that compared concerned parents to “domestic terrorists.”

Secretary Cardona should resign IMMEDIATELY and explain himself to the American people.

The Biden Administration’s war on parents is absolutely outrageous and should infuriate every family across this nation.

BIDEN’S WAR ON PARENTS:

  • The Biden Administration reportedly “solicited the much-criticized letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA)” that compared concerned parents to “domestic terrorists” in September.
    • Concerned parents are NOT domestic terrorists.
    • Parents are right to be concerned about their kids being taught radical ideologies or exposed to inappropriate instructional materials – parents should be engaged.
  • Biden promised to work to reopen schools in his first 100 days.
  • Instead of advocating for school choice and parental rights, the Biden Administration wants to take complete control of our children’s education.
  • The Democrats’ Far-Left reconciliation bill would take away the rights of parents and give authority to Democrats in Washington.
    • It would give the Biden administration complete control to approve the early childhood education standards and limit parents’ choice in their children’s education.
    • The Democrats’ child care proposal would SPIKE prices for middle-class families by $13,000.
    • This legislation is a ploy by Democrats to indoctrinate America’s youth with their Far-Left Socialist ideas from the start of their educational process until its conclusion.
  • Education is a winning issue for Republicans.
    • Republicans are working to protect parental rights and expand school choice, not empower the Federal Government.

IT’S SIMPLE: Republicans believe in a Parents’ Bill of Rights when it comes to education. While, Biden and Congressional Democrats believe that concerned parents should be targeted like “domestic terrorists” for wanting to be involved, rightfully so, in their kids’ education.”

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Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Ukraine and Germany

18 Jan

Ned Price, Department Spokesperson

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Kyiv and Berlin from January 18-20, 2022.  The trip follows extensive diplomacy with our European Allies and partners about a united approach to address the threat Russia poses to Ukraine and our joint efforts to encourage it to choose diplomacy and de-escalation in the interests of security and stability.

Secretary Blinken will begin his trip in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he will meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on January 19 to reinforce the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The Secretary will also meet with the employees and families of the U.S. Embassy to communicate the Department’s efforts to plan for contingencies, should Russia choose to escalate further.

On January 20, Secretary Blinken will travel to Berlin, Germany to discuss recent diplomatic engagements with Russia and joint efforts to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine, including Allies’ and partners’ readiness to impose massive consequences and severe economic costs on Russia.  The Secretary will meet with Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, followed by a meeting with the Transatlantic Quad.

The Secretary’s travel and consultations are part of the diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the tension caused by Russia’s military build-up and continued aggression against Ukraine.

Secretary Blinken’s Call with the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

18 Jan

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Emirati Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.  Secretary Blinken condemned the terrorist attacks today, which killed and wounded innocent civilians.  The Houthis have claimed responsibility for this appalling attack.  The Secretary expressed his solidarity with the Emirati people and voiced his condolences for the loss of life.

 

Attacks in Abu Dhabi

17 Jan

Ned Price, Department Spokesperson

The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Abu Dhabi today, which struck civilian sites including Abu Dhabi’s international airport, killing and wounding innocent civilians. We express our condolences to the families of these victims and to the people of the UAE. The Houthis have claimed responsibility for this attack. We reiterate our unwavering commitment to the security of the UAE and stand united with our Emirati partners.

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Al-Sabah

17 Jan

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed Russia’s threats against Ukraine and the importance of dialogue to de-escalate the situation. The Secretary noted that he looks forward to hosting the Foreign Minister soon in Washington for the fifth U.S.-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue.

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau

17 Jan

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.  The Secretary reiterated the United States’ firm commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s unprovoked military buildup.  They discussed continued cooperation to pursue diplomacy with Moscow while taking steps to deter further Russian aggression.  The Secretary expressed appreciation for Poland’s leadership on NATO’s Eastern Flank and service as OSCE Chair this year.  The Secretary emphasized our commitment to transatlantic security.

DNC Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

17 Jan
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and Chair of the DNC’s Black Caucus Virgie M. Rollins released the following statement:

“For so many of us, Martin Luther King’s story and the movement he started has driven us to stand taller, push back harder, and advocate louder for the rights we know we deserve. A champion of justice, equality, and service, his story is intricately tied to voting rights in this country. As Republican state legislatures across the country continue to introduce suppressive voting laws that echo the time of Jim Crow, today especially we must take to heart the words and example of Martin Luther King. 

“Under the leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris, the Senate is currently debating legislation that would protect and expand those rights that Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement fought for. To honor Martin Luther King on this day and not vote for this legislation that would ensure voting access for every American is a disservice to his legacy. Invoking Martin Luther King’s name is a call to do what is necessary to ensure justice and equality. 

“Martin Luther King in his letter from a Birmingham jail had a quote that lives with us. He said, ‘We will have to repent in this generation, not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.’ It’s time for the good people of this nation to stand up to these attempts to suppress voting rights in the country.”
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Special Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim’s Trilateral Call with Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative Noh and Japan Director General Funakoshi

17 Jan

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

In a January 17 trilateral call, U.S. Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Funakoshi Takehiro, and ROK Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk discussed the DPRK’s January 17 ballistic missile launches.

In his call with Special Representative Noh and Director General Funakoshi, Special Representative Kim reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as well as its ironclad commitment to the defense of its allies, the ROK and Japan.

Special Representative Kim expressed concern about the DPRK’s missile launches, which violated multiple UN Security Council resolutions and were the latest in a series of ballistic missile launches by the DPRK this month.  He called on the DPRK to cease its unlawful and destabilizing activities and instead engage in dialogue, underscoring the United States’ continued openness to meeting the DPRK without preconditions.  The three officials committed to continue their close coordination.