the US State DepartmentsYou know of 100 U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are still in Afghanistan and are ready to leave the country, said a senior state department official Reuters Monday.
The state department is working to get these people to take flights out of the country, the official said.
“Our top priority in Afghanistan, of course, remains [to be] helping US citizens who want to leave the country, “the anonymous official told the news agency.
Some 124,000 people have fled Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country in August. The official said 85 US citizens and 79 permanent residents have left the country since the United States formally left the country on Aug. 31.
Joe Biden will receive a Covid-19 booster shot on Monday afternoon
Joe biden He is scheduled to receive his Covid-19 booster shot this afternoon at 1 p.m., the White House announced this morning. Biden will also comment upon receiving his booster dose.
Biden, who received his second dose on January 11, indicated last week that he planned to receive his third dose of the vaccine as soon as possible and encouraged Americans to do the same.
Doctors and vaccine clinics have reported widespread confusion about who is eligible for a booster shot.
Last month, the Biden administration said they recommended Americans receive a booster shot eight months after their second injection and would work to make the booster shots accessible to Americans.
Weeks later, scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a revision from research that suggested that not everyone needs a booster shot. Then last week the FDA moved to recommend that only Americans 65 and older and people 50-64 with underlying conditions should get the vaccine. Later, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said people in high-risk, high-touch jobs will also be eligible.
To contextualize why this week’s negotiations between Democrats are so important, let’s take a look at Joe bidenis more recent passing grades.
Last week, Gallup reported Biden’s lowest approval rating for his presidency, falling to 43%, and 53% now disapprove of the president, according to a poll distributed earlier in the month.
After the controversy surrounding Biden’s withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in August, it comes as no surprise that Biden’s approval ratings have dropped so low. Gallup noted that while presidents tend to have a honeymoon period with their approval ratings, only Donald Trump had such low approval ratings at a similar time during his presidency. Biden has specifically lost the support of a high percentage of independents, going from the approval of 61% of independents to his new low of 36%.
The spending bills that Congress is debating this week will be crucial for the rest of Biden’s presidency and for the Democratic party as a whole, as his first year as president draws to a close. Biden reportedly spent his weekend at Camp David calling lawmakers, urging them to support the bills.
John podesta, a former adviser to Barack Obama, said Political that not passing the bills this week would be “disastrous” for Democrats, whose majority in Congress is at risk next year during the 2022 election.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia today to meet with Crown Price Mohammed bin Salman as the United States pushes for a ceasefire in the war in Yemen. Sullivan will also travel to United Arab Emirates and Egypt during his trip to the Middle East. Sullivan will be the highest-ranking official in the Biden administration to visit Saudi Arabia.
In addition to a rough agenda, which was the first reported Per Axios, not many details about Sullivan’s trip have been released.
The Biden administration has received review for his handling of relations with Saudi Arabia, as the White House has attempted to criticize the country for its human rights record while also attempting to cooperate with the country. Biden punishment waived for the crown prince despite a CIA investigation confirming that the crown prince authorized the murder of the Washington Post journalist Jamal khashoggi in 2018. The White House also quietly hosted Deputy Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia Prince Khalid bin Salman in July, although Biden did not meet with him during his visit.
It’s a great week in Washington like Democrats on Congress work to pass three major spending bills.
the home focuses on spending the $ 1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill which was approved in the Senate last month. The bill includes $ 550 billion in spending for new funding for highways, public transportation, and expanding broadband Internet access, among other things.
In the meantime, Senate Democrats are trying to avoid a government shutdown That is slated to happen on Friday if a bill that would fund the government until December is not passed. Democrats have attached to the spending bill a resolution that would increase the debt ceiling, which Republicans have opposed. Republicans said they will not pass the spending bill unless the debt ceiling measure is removed.
Finally, Democrats both chambers are planning an invoice, which is called the reconciliation invoice – worth around $ 3.5 billion that includes some of Joe Biden’s biggest campaign promises. It includes financing to incentivize the purchase of electric vehicles, free or subsidized child care and expansions to Medicare, among other things.
Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are working to convince their moderate members to pass the bill, though the moderates say that will not move unless the invoice price is significantly reduced.
A Washington reporter tweeted that this week will be “one of the most intense in Congress.” We’ll keep an eye on the developments on these bills and other news today, so stay tuned.