biden administration – Knox Democrats Wed, 16 Mar 2022 07:13:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 biden administration – Knox Democrats 32 32 White House faces mounting impatience on Capitol Hill as calls to help Ukraine grow louder ahead of Zelensky’s speech Wed, 16 Mar 2022 07:13:00 +0000 Zelensky is set to deliver a rare wartime speech to Congress in the morning, less than two weeks after the Ukrainian leader held a virtual meeting with US lawmakers. He is expected to use Wednesday’s speech – as he has in speeches to other friendly governments – to again make an impassioned plea to the United States for more help, including for certain types of military assistance that the Biden administration has already announced. vs.

Lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides told CNN they expect the next big round of deliberations in Washington on how best to help Ukraine fight Russia will depend largely on what what exactly is Zelensky asking when he addresses Congress. The speech comes as some on Capitol Hill are losing patience with the administration’s pace and its reluctance – for now – to go as far as Zelensky wanted in providing fighter jets and enforcing a zone of air exclusion over the country. Both of these things will likely be among the Ukrainian leader’s demands in his speech on Wednesday, but the administration brushed them aside for fear of how Putin would interpret the measures.

Biden is expected to announce an additional $800 million in security assistance, an official said, bringing the total to $1 billion announced last week and $2 billion since the start of the Biden administration.

The president will unveil the new military assistance package, including anti-tank missiles, as soon as Wednesday after Zelensky’s speech, according to officials familiar with the plans. The new assistance will stop before the no-fly zone where fighter jets, according to Zelensky, are needed to support Ukraine’s fight against Russia. But the new aid will include more defensive weapons than the United States has already provided, including javelins and Stingers. The Wall Street Journal first reported the planned aid announcement.

While the US government has largely responded to the war with bipartisan support for Ukraine, patience is starting to wear thin for some lawmakers, including senior Republicans who have been hesitant until now to criticize the government’s response. ‘administration. Biden and his administration have not reacted as quickly as some in Congress would like, as the president aims to keep American allies united in their response to the crisis.

“Everything Congress asked to do, (the administration) initially said no. And later they say yes after our allies did it,” said Sen. Jim Risch, the top Republican in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “It’s slow. It’s excruciating.”

“We’re going to hear from Zelensky. So I think depending on what we hear then, and depending on the next action from the White House, we’ll see,” said Democratic Representative Josh Gottheimer, who is the one of many lawmakers who have advocated sending fighter jets and other military gear to Ukrainian forces. “In areas where we think we need to push harder — and where we’re hearing from home that we need to push harder — we’re going to voice that at the White House.”

A House member’s chief of staff put it bluntly when asked which issue his boss was likely to publicly push for next: “A lot of it will be determined by (Zelensky’s) speech in Congress. “, they said.

Ukraine’s president will take center stage virtually at the Capitol

Members said they don’t expect Zelensky to mince words when it comes to the help his country needs.

“I suspect he’ll appreciate what we’ve done,” Republican Senator from Ohio Rob Portman said, predicting what he expects from Zelensky’s speech: “He’ll also be very direct about what they need now. and that this is a moment of truth.”

On Capitol Hill, pressure to do more to help Ukraine’s allies has intensified in recent weeks, with Republicans and Democrats mounting calls for the administration to facilitate the transfer of planes from Poland to Ukraine, so to cut off Russian energy imports to the United States. and suppress normalized trade relations with Russia. On the last two issues, the White House acted last week when there was already significant momentum on the Hill.

A White House official at the time said he would reject any suggestion that congressional pressure had pushed the White House into action, and the officials pointed out that the administration’s decision-making process on the assistance to Ukraine had given priority to consultations with its European allies.

Whether to send Soviet-era fighter jets to Ukraine — and how — has emerged as a particularly vexing debate. In what the White House would later call a “temporary communications breakdown” last week, the Polish government offered to send jet planes to a US Air Force base in Germany, and that those planes would then be transported to Ukraine – only to have this idea quickly dismissed by US officials. The logistical challenges — as well as the risk of a direct confrontation between the United States and Russia — were too great, the administration warned.

But in the days since that rejection, Democratic and Republican lawmakers have only intensified calls for the administration to provide Ukraine with such fighter jets, along with other military tools. such as air defense systems.

Another demand Zelensky could make to lawmakers again on Wednesday: the creation of a no-fly zone over Ukraine, which the Biden administration has repeatedly and emphatically spoken out against.

Capitol Hill lawmakers, including some of its most hawkish members, largely agree, though Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia recently said he wouldn’t want to take the option off the table.

The White House faces difficult next steps

Hours after Zelensky addresses Congress, Biden is expected to deliver his own speech detailing US aid to Ukraine. The two presidents have spoken regularly in recent weeks, and White House officials have been in daily contact with Zelensky’s staff, a level of coordination that leads the White House to believe they won’t be surprised by anything from the speech. Ukrainian president on Wednesday.

During Tuesday’s White House press conference, Psaki credited Zelensky’s “passion”, “courage” and “bravery” for helping to expedite a “historic amount of military and security assistance and ‘weapons’ to Ukraine and acknowledged the calls for a series of additional actions coming from Congress.

“Yes, we recognize that there is a range of bipartisan calls,” Psaki said. “But what we have a responsibility to do here is assess the impact on the United States and our own national security.”

Lawmakers say that when they ask the White House to weigh some options when it comes to helping Ukraine, they are channeling things they have heard from constituents back home.

Sen. Dick Durbin, the Illinois Democrat who is the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said he would “stand by” Biden’s decision not to send fighter jets to Ukraine. Even when he was back in Chicago this weekend, Durbin heard many of his constituents worry about the lack of fighter jets being supplied to Ukraine.

“It’s a dilemma. It’s a classic dilemma. We want to provide the equipment Ukraine needs to survive. We don’t want to push Putin into World War III or a nuclear confrontation,” Durbin said. at CNN. “Only the president can make that decision, and he urged caution. I can make arguments on either side.”

A recent poll showed that Americans overwhelmingly favor increased economic sanctions against Russia and broadly support new measures to stop Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, although most oppose direct military action. the United States.

A personal moment for many lawmakers

On Tuesday, Biden signed into law a $1.5 trillion government funding bill that included $13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine. And while Congress passed a massive $13 billion aid package for Ukraine last week, there are still more laws to tackle on Capitol Hill. The Senate has yet to consider a House-passed bill banning energy imports from Russia, and negotiations continue on how best to limit normalized trade relations with Russia.

“As members of Congress, we are closest to the American people and we reflect the broad public distaste for Russia and the broad public support for Ukraine,” said Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Floridian member. of the House Armed Services Committee. “People want to see us do more and they seem to understand that this is a moment of good versus evil and a moment of standing up for democracy.”

The administration’s review of its Ukraine aid options has been both “active and cautious,” Murphy said, adding that the next round of talks on military aid to Ukraine should be carefully managed.

“We’re getting to a phase where we’ve exhausted the easy answers,” she said. “The good thing is that Zelensky comes before Congress and asks a lot of things – as it should.”

The Ukrainian leader’s speech will likely mean even more to some lawmakers who have forged personal relationships with Zelensky over the past few years. He has personally met with U.S. lawmakers in the past, held calls with senators and spoke last week with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“I think Congress generally appreciates the fact that three weeks into this onslaught by a much larger country, they’re still able to go somewhere and have a virtual meeting with the United States Congress. “, said Republican Senator from Missouri Roy Blunt.

This story was updated with additional reports on Tuesday.

CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Manu Raju and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

MSNBC panel praises Kamala Harris’ trip to Europe, she was ‘strong’ and ‘assertive’ against Putin Sun, 13 Mar 2022 22:27:48 +0000

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An MSNBC panel hailed Vice President Kamala Harris’ Polish press conference as a strong message against Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday’s “Cross Connection” show.

MSNBC contributor Errin Haines appeared with Pepperdine University professor Nola Haynes to discuss Harris’ European trip as she tried to reassure allies against the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Although Harris was criticized for her recent press conference with the Polish president, Haines and Haynes thought the vice president excelled.


Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, right, and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris pose for a photo as she arrives for a meeting, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 10, 2022.
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“Going back and looking at the transcript between her and the Polish president, I think the commitments were very clear,” Haynes said. “I think she was strong. She asserted herself. And let’s not forget. She’s a woman in the Senate. Who shook senators, you know? Who shook Bill Barr. Like, this woman is very capable, and reading some of these thought pieces sort of infantilizes her, saying, is she ready to do it? Can she do it? Of course she’s in. Of course she can. make.”

Haines added, “And that’s yet another element of her lived experience that she really brings to this role as vice president at this time of crisis, and that’s her role as prosecutor, isn’t it? She’s someone who’s used to kind of taking on the bad guys for a living, and so she really puts her finger on Vladimir Putin’s chest and says there will be consequences.

However, Haynes admitted that Harris’ message was likely rejected by Putin due to “the intersectionality of his race and gender”.

MSNBC host Tiffany Cross also noted that Poland, the country that hosted the vice president, is itself guilty of rampant white supremacy and discrimination on its borders.


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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda as they meet at Belwelder Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 10, 2022.
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“Racism certainly doesn’t pause during times of conflict. I mean, if anything, it’s absolutely present during those times,” Haines said.

While some media tried to defend Harris’ European trip, her press conference was the target of scathing criticism. Critics accused Harris of being ill-prepared and awkward during her joint appearance with Polish President Andrzej Duda. After a reporter asked about Ukrainian refugees, Harris was seen laughing while saying “A friend in need is really a friend”, causing Duda to respond first.

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Vice President Kamala Harris was crushed on Thursday after giving a bizarre non-response when asked if it was time for the Biden administration to change its COVID strategy.
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Harris’ habit of appearing unprepared was a frequent criticism of her during the Biden administration.


]]> New poll confirms Democrats’ leftist policies are out of touch Sun, 13 Mar 2022 13:01:03 +0000

The Democratic Party is seen by voters as both inefficient and out of touch, and as a result is at risk of major seat losses in the midterm elections, according to a new poll by Schoen-Cooperman.

Indeed, the results of our survey – which was conducted among likely voters in the 2022 midterm elections – show that the electorate is increasingly pessimistic about the direction in which President BidenJoe Biden Blinken Authorizes 0M Defense Aid for Ukraine Following Biden Request Trump Tears Biden Amid Ukraine Conflict Five Things to Know About .5T Spending Bill Congress Just Got to Know adopt MORE and Democrats run the country and feel that the party’s priorities don’t match theirs.

In order to have a fighting chance at midterm — as well as a chance to retain the presidency in 2024 — Democrats must commit to a broader course correction toward the center. The party needs to show voters that it is focused on problem solving and quality of life issues and that it rejects the progressive left’s embrace of big government spending and identity politics.

Indeed, a majority of voters (54%) – including 56% independents – explicitly say they want President Biden and the Democrats to move closer to the center and adopt more moderate policies, rather than adopting more liberal policies (18%) or to stay where they are politically (13%).

Most voters (61%) also agree that President Biden and the Democrats are “out of touch with hard-working Americans” and “have been so focused on restoring the far left of the party that they are ignoring day-to-day Americans.” the day”. concerns” such as “rising prices” and “combating violent crime”.

Equally concerning for Democrats, the 2022 electorate clearly feels that the state of the country has deteriorated since Biden became president and that he has failed to live up to expectations.

President Biden’s net approval rating is 9 points under water (54% disapprove, 45% approve), which marks a drop of 4 points since our December poll (51% disapprove, 46% approve). A plurality of voters (43%) also say Biden has done worse as president than expected, rather than better (19%).

As inflation has risen, the economy has become a particular area of ​​vulnerability for Democrats. Indeed, voters’ growing economic pessimism is one of the driving forces behind their discontent both with the current state of the country and with Biden.

President Biden’s approval rating for handling the country’s economic recovery is 21 points underwater (59% disapprove, 38% approve). That marks a notable drop of 17 points from our December poll, when Biden’s approval rating on the takeover was negative 4 points, 50% to 46%.

In addition to having negative views on the economy in general, two-thirds of voters (68%) blame the Biden administration‘s policies for inflation, wholly or partially.

Indeed, inflation – which is at its highest level in 40 years – is the main issue (51%) for voters, followed by the economy and job creation (32%). Yet only 16% of voters think Biden is primarily focused on the economy. Thus, voters trust Republicans rather than Democrats to manage the economy (47% to 41%) and control inflation (48% to 36%).

In addition to the economy, voters see Biden and the Democrats as underperforming on other important issues and in key roles, including policing and crime.

As violent crime is rising across the country — a trend voters are almost universally concerned about (85%) — by a 2-to-1 margin, voters blame Democrats rather than Republicans for rising crime rates (52 % to 25%). Additionally, Republicans trust Democrats to reduce crime (49% to 34%).

Despite President Biden’s more subdued rhetoric on law enforcement and policing lately, most voters still agree that Biden and Democrats are soft on crime (56%), and a plurality agrees that Democrats in Congress support radical funding for the police movement (46%).

Despite Democrats’ weaknesses on the economy and on crime, our data on the COVID-19 pandemic is relatively encouraging for the party. Indeed, a majority of voters (53%) approve of President Biden’s approach to the pandemic.

To be sure, the Democrats’ midterm success depends in part on whether Americans feel COVID-19 is under control by November — and positively, nearly half of voters (46%) now say that the pandemic is either completely or mostly under control, while only 12% say it is not under control.

Voters are also significantly less concerned about the pandemic today than they were in December. Currently, voters are concerned, rather than unconcerned, about the pandemic by a 24-point margin — compared to December, when voters were concerned by a 50-point margin.

That being said, this improved momentum vis-à-vis the COVID-19 pandemic is unlikely to be enough to tip the scales in favor of the Democrats, given the enormity of the challenges President Biden faces at home. him – and of course, the crisis he is going through. facing Eastern Europe.

Collectively, our data paints a picture of a Democratic Party unable to connect with voters on basic “kitchen table” issues, namely the economy and crime.

In his State of the Union address, President Biden tried to reshape his economic agenda in light of the failed Build Back Better plan and tried to sell some of the same big spending proposals as anti-corruption measures. -inflationary and deficit reduction.

Instead of repackaging a failed progressive spending bill — one that most voters don’t prioritize or oppose — the president should pledge to reduce inflation by practicing fiscal discipline , while ruling out any new spending initiatives that lack bipartisan support.

At the same time, while it was encouraging to hear President Biden call for “defunding the police,” the rhetoric is only a first step. Absent a Democratic effort to approach criminal justice legislation in a bipartisan way, the GOP will be able to weaponize the issue against Democrats in the medium term.

Ultimately, if Democrats don’t take a strategic shift toward the political center, they risk historic defeats — worse than in 1994 or 2010 — in this year’s midterm elections.

Douglas E. Schoen and Carly Cooperman are pollsters and partners at the New York-based public opinion firm Schoen Cooperman Research. They are co-authors of the book “America: Unite or Die”.

Joe Biden thinks you’re just not smart enough Sat, 12 Mar 2022 23:32:09 +0000

President Biden ended another disastrous week in office by throwing a tantrum at the House Democratic Caucus issues conference in Philadelphia.

In his bizarre speech, one thing was clear: Joe was grumpy. Can you blame him? He wants to talk about happy things, man. Unfortunately, the more time Joe spends at the office, the fewer happy things there are to discuss. It’s funny how it works.

While there may be a dearth of good news, there’s plenty to blame Biden for.

“Make no mistake, inflation is largely Putin’s fault,” he read on the teleprompter. The president then brandished a “fact check” from The New York Times and an opinion piece in The Washington Post.

Both articles on the level explained why Joe is not responsible for current gas prices. I’m sure these outlets would have given former President Trump the same pass if he was still in office.

It must reassure Biden that his minions in the mainstream media, including CNN anchors and late-night comedians, have been pushing the latest “Putin price hike” narrative from the White House gasping for air.

However, no sycophantic coverage of talking heads seems to help. Fear not, though – Joe gets to the bottom of why we “ordinary people” don’t appreciate him as much as we should. In short, we understand nothing.

While bragging about the successes of the American Recovery Plan Act, Biden said, “And by the way, the American people who are just trying to stay above water don’t understand that. You tell them what the American Recovery Act was, and they look at you like, “What are you talking about?”

A lot of people watch Joe Biden and wonder what he’s talking about, but I’m not sure it has anything to do with the American Recovery Plan Act.

This is not the first time that President Biden has questioned our ability to grasp the full extent of his genius. In an interview on the “No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen” podcast, Joe wondered why some Democrats might be less than happy with his party’s results so far.

“I think it’s hard for people to understand that we have the fastest growing economy in 40 years. Wages are actually up, not down. Unemployment is the lowest it’s ever been, you know, it’s just incredibly low, and it’s around the three point range.

No mention of inflation, but hey – why add another problem we should be trying to solve?

It’s not just Biden’s beauty or Putin’s price hike that we the people are unable to comprehend.

In November, Biden addressed the supply chain crisis during an interview with reporters.