Weekly Address 11-19-16

 Posted by at 10:43  Politics
Nov 192016
 

“Building on a Record of Economic Progress”

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In this week’s address, Vice President Joe Biden discussed the progress we have made to ensure that anyone who works hard and plays by the rules has a real shot at getting into the middle class and staying there. Over the past eight years, we have made significant progress; from working with Congress to cut taxes for low- and middle-income families, to taking executive authority to provide paid sick leave to more than 1.1 million workers. Since the President’s call to action to increase the minimum wage in 2013, 18 states and 55 cities have raised their minimum wage. The Vice President noted that although we’ve made progress, more work needs to be done to give American workers a chance. Because when they are given the chance, American workers never let their country down.

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Weekly Address 10-29-16

 Posted by at 10:53  Politics
Oct 292016
 

“Achieving the Mission of the Cancer Moonshot”

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In this week’s address, Vice President Joe Biden discussed the progress of the White House Cancer Moonshot, an initiative with the goal to make a decade’s worth of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, in five years. Recently, the Cancer Moonshot Task Force released a report that outlines what we need to do to achieve this goal, including: enhancing prevention efforts, expanding access to care, increasing collaboration and sharing data amongst cancer researchers, and building an international commitment to the fight against cancer. The report also highlighted the progress we’ve made since the launch of the Moonshot. Today, federal agencies are working together to share research – such as the National Institutes of Health using NASA’s research on radiation and its effects on the human body. In the past few months, more than 70 public and private sector commitments have been made to join the fight against cancer – such as IBM, which offered its supercomputer, Watson, to partner with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to help patients determine specific therapies they need for their cancer treatment. The Vice President said the Moonshot is about all of us doing our part in the fight against cancer. To learn how you can volunteer to help, visit Cancer.Serve.Gov, and to learn about clinical trials nearby, visit Trials.Cancer.Gov.

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Weekly Address 07-30-16

 Posted by at 10:50  Politics
Jul 302016
 

“It’s Time to Fill the Vacancy on the Supreme Court”

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In this week’s address, retired Federal Judge Timothy Lewis joined Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Vice President talked about his experience as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, during which every nominee got a hearing and an up or down vote on the Senate floor. Despite having more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history, Chief Judge Garland’s nomination has now been pending longer than any other Supreme Court nominee who wasn’t withdrawn from consideration. Judge Lewis emphasized that this lack of action is preventing the Supreme Court from fulfilling its duty of interpreting the law and resolving conflicts in the lower courts. The Vice President made clear that for the sake of our Nation, everyone must do their job. That’s why the President did his job by nominating Chief Judge Merrick Garland. Now, it’s time for the Senate Republicans to do their job.

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Weekly Address 07-09-16

 Posted by at 11:34  Politics
Jul 092016
 

“Standing Together to Stop the Violence”

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In this week’s address, Vice President Joe Biden commemorated the lives of the five police officers who were killed and the seven people who were wounded in Dallas. The police officers were providing safety to those who were peacefully marching against racial injustices in the criminal justice system – and the shocking images of the lives lost in St. Paul and Baton Rouge. Echoing the remarks of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown, the Vice President called on the American people to act with unity and to stop the violence. He emphasized that it is the responsibility of everyone to speak out against disparities within the criminal justice system, just as much as it is the responsibility of everyone to stand up for the police who protect us every day. Because together, we as a nation will persevere and overcome.

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Weekly Address 11-21-15

 Posted by at 10:31  Politics
Nov 212015
 

“In the Face of Terror, We Stand as One”

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In this week’s address, the Vice President spoke to his and the President’s commitment to protecting our country from terrorists, while also providing refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. He emphasized that he and the President consider the safety of the American people to be their first priority. But slamming the door in the face of refugees fleeing precisely the type of senseless violence that occurred in Paris last week would be a betrayal of our values. The vast majority of Syrian refugees are women, children, and orphans; survivors of torture; and people desperately in need of medical help. And all refugees undergo the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States. The Vice President reminded us that ISIL wants us to turn our backs on Muslims victimized by terrorism. We win by prioritizing our security while refusing to compromise our fundamental American values of freedom, openness, and tolerance.

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Oct 212015
 

Vice President Joe Biden announced today that he will not be candidate for the presidency in 2016…

About time. Personally, I don’t like that he blames the death of his son for this decision. It was his son, after all, who really encouraged him to run. Plus, grief is something that every family deals with. You do not put your whole life on hold. Most of us get two or three days of bereavement time, then it’s back to work.

If Vice President Biden had gotten into the race earlier he would have had my support. I believe he is a very intelligent and very dedicated man. However, as he said, the window has closed. I could not have supported his candidacy at this late stage.

So, who am I supporting? Stay tuned. I’ll let you know.

Weekly Address 04-11-15

 Posted by at 10:59  Politics
Apr 112015
 

“Tuition-Free Community College”

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In this week’s address, the Vice President laid out his and the President’s plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students.

Access to higher education has a tangible impact on a student’s success: Those with an associate’s degree earn 25% more than folks who graduated high school, and those with a four-year degree make 70% more. Not only that, but a better educated citizenry is necessary to ensure that the United States continues to out-compete the rest of the world.

Making two years of community college free is good for workers, good for companies, and good for our economy. And this proposal is part of the President’s broader vision for middle-class economics: that everybody who works hard deserves their fair shot and the chance to get ahead.

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Weekly Address 01-03-15

 Posted by at 10:35  Politics
Jan 032015
 

“Make 2015 the Year for Quality, Affordable Health Insurance”

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In this week’s address, the Vice President wished Americans a Happy New Year, and asked that as we make resolutions to get healthier in 2015, we take the time to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Millions of people have already signed up for quality, affordable health care under the law, and there is still time to secure the peace of mind that comes with getting covered.

From now until February 15th, you can sign up by logging on to HealthCare.gov, by speaking to someone on the phone through the 24/7 call center at 1-800-318-2596 — where you can get assistance in 150 languages, or by going in person to an enrollment event in your community.

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Weekly Address 09-06-14

 Posted by at 10:43  Politics
Sep 062014
 

“Time to Give the Middle Class a Chance”

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In this week’s address, the Vice President discusses our continued economic recovery, with 10 million private sector jobs created over 54 straight months of job creation. Yet even with this good news, too many Americans are still not seeing the effects of our recovery.

As the Vice President explains, there’s more that can be done to continue to bolster our economy and ensure that middle class families benefit from the growth they helped create, including closing tax loopholes, expanding education opportunities, and raising the minimum wage.

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Weekly Address 03-29-14

 Posted by at 11:01  Politics
Mar 292014
 

“Raise The Minimum Wage – It’s The Right Thing To Do For Hardworking Americans”

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In this week’s address, Vice President Biden discusses the importance of raising the federal minimum wage. It’s good for workers, it’s good for business, and it would help close the gender pay gap, as women make up more than half of the workers who stand to benefit from a raise. And as the Vice President highlights, Congress should boost the federal minimum wage because it is what a majority of the American people want.

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