What to know in Washington: Biden will sign an abortion order on Friday
President Joe Biden will issue an executive order aimed at preserving access to abortion after Democratic advocates and lawmakers demanded that the White House take stronger action following last month’s Supreme Court decision to cancel Roe v. Wade.
The order, which Biden is expected to sign at a Friday morning event at the White House, is unlikely to restore abortion availability in states that have largely banned the procedure in recent weeks. Yet it will codify efforts by health officials in the wake of the High Court ruling that aim to provide resources to women seeking abortions.
Under the order, which was detailed by the White House in a statement, the Department of Health and Human Services will be required to report to the president within the next month on efforts to ensure the availability of the pills. abortions, contraception and emergency measures. medical care for pregnant women.
The department will also need to detail its efforts to educate the public about abortion access and consider ways to protect patient information related to reproductive health care from law enforcement.
The Justice Department and White House attorneys, the statement said, will also organize a group of attorneys to provide free legal services to people seeking abortions, including those who wish to travel outside of the states where they live. live. And the administration is creating an interagency task force to coordinate abortion rights efforts between the White House and Cabinet agencies. Justin Sink has more details.
Biden to discuss possible U.S. tariff cuts on Chinese goods in a meeting with his advisers scheduled for Friday, according to people familiar with the matter, as his administration nears a closely watched decision on trade with China.
The White House meeting is the latest in a series Biden has held on the issue, and it’s unclear whether he intends to decide on a way forward, according to the people, who spoke. on condition of anonymity because the president has not yet reached a decision.
Biden has been considering whether to remove some of the tariffs on more than $300 billion in Chinese imports imposed by his predecessor, Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the deliberations, as his administration tries desperately to rein in the rapidly rising US inflation. Jenny Leonard outlines the issues before the meeting.
About the Administration
- At 11:30 a.m., Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks on protecting access to reproductive health care alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.
- At 2:15 p.m., Biden will visit CIA headquarters and later deliver a speech commemorating the agency’s 75th anniversary.
GOP-led states and industry groups acted too soon to challenge a judge’s order striking down a Trump-era rule limiting the power of states and tribes to reject potentially water-polluting projects, the EPA told the Ninth Circuit. The lower court’s decision is not a final order that can be appealed by non-agency litigants, the EPA told the Ninth Circuit. Maya Earls has more.
GSA targets federal purchases of single-use plastics and packaging, the agency proposed Thursday in an action that environmentalists called an encouraging step. The General Services Administration is seeking public input for the future development of rules to reduce unnecessary single-use plastics in government purchases, materials often used in packaging and shipping. Read more from Nyah Phengsitthy.
The United States and its allies must cooperate to create common standards to regulate cryptocurrencies to make it harder for bad actors to get away with crimes, the Treasury said Thursday. “Uneven regulation, supervision, and compliance across jurisdictions create opportunities for arbitrage and increase risks to financial stability,” the Treasury Department said. Insufficient anti-money laundering rules in all countries make it harder for the United States to investigate illicit transactions, he said, reports Allyson Versprille.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken blamed Russian diplomats for Moscow’s role in worsening global food insecurity in a rare encounter at a Group of Twenty foreign ministers meeting in Indonesia, according to a Western official. Although Blinken will not meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the G-20 meeting in Bali, he spoke directly to Russian diplomats during a plenary session on Friday, according to the official who declined to comment. be named citing the rules for speaking to the media.
Blinken told them that Ukraine did not belong to Russia and that Moscow should stop blockading Ukrainian ports and allow the country to export large quantities of stored grain in order to alleviate the shortages that have caused soaring commodity prices, hurting developing countries, the official said. . Iain Marlow has the latest comments from Blinken.
- Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is leaving on his first trip to Asia since taking office, aiming to use talks with global counterparts to help build momentum for a complex effort to cap Russian oil prices. Christopher Condon has more on the effort.
The Department of Justice argued on Thursday an antitrust class action lawsuit filed by former students who claim that top universities, including Brown University and Yale University, improperly raised tuition fees by agreeing not to compete on the amount of tuition financial assistance they provide. Read more from Leah Nylen.
Five chicken industry executives have been found not guilty of conspiring to fix prices from 2012 to 2019, a defeat for prosecutors after two mistrials and a major setback for the Biden administration’s attempts to control rising meat prices. Bob Van Voris has more.
The United States will manufacture an additional 144,000 doses Jynneos vaccine available to states and jurisdictions to fight monkeypox, HHS said in an emailed statement Thursday. Doses will begin shipping on July 11, reports Jim Silver.
US regulators received more than 90,000 messages after Elon Musk’s Starlink asked subscribers to side with him in an on-air dispute with Dish Network. The issue is which frequencies Dish wants to use for fast 5G service. Read more from Todd Shields.
Biden awarded the Medal of Freedom to two politically active female athletes—soccer star Megan Rapinoe and gymnast Simone Biles—and the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as part of his first list of recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor. Learn more about Jenny Leonard and Justin Sink.
White House monitoring reports from Japan after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – Japan’s longest-serving prime minister and a figure of lasting influence – was gunned down at a campaign event on Friday, an attack that shocked a nation plagued with political violence and guns are rare, Isabel Reynolds, Yuko Takeo and Lily Nonomiya report. “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the violent attack on former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,” a White House spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
Elections, politics and polls
John Cornyn knew he was accepting a job fraught with political risk when he agreed to be the lead GOP negotiator on a gun control compromise following the Uvalde school shooting in Texas. The Mission of the Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had the potential to further inflame Republicans in Texas, where gun rights are sacrosanct among rural conservatives, and encourage key opponents to wait in the wings to Corny (R) stumble.
But the tragedy of the school shooting in his home state that killed 19 children and two teachers, and the desire to strike bipartisan agreements and enact meaningful legislation prompted Cornyn, a close McConnell ally, to leading the Republican effort that led to the passage of the first significant gun violence prevention measure (Public Law 117-159) in years. Learn more about David Hood.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott authorized the National Guard troops and state police to apprehend migrants illegally crossing into Mexico and bring them back to the border. Voters’ concern over a rise in illegal immigration has been a major issue for Abbott as he campaigns for a third term against Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso. Read more from Brendan Walsh.
The Inspector General of the Treasury Department will review why two former top FBI officials who opposed Donald Trump were subjected to rare tax audits. The IRS’ invasive audits of former FBI Director James Comey and Andrew McCabe, the FBI deputy director who went on to lead the agency after Trump fired Comey, have spurred demands for an investigation by leading Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Read more from Laura Litvan.
- Home Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.) also asked the watchdog whether IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig or former IRS chief counsel Michael Desmond — both Trump appointees — knew that Comey and McCabe had been asked for audits, reports Richard Tzul.
- Meanwhile, revelation is the latest hit to the agency’s already tarnished public image. The IRS was quick to push back against the idea that Rettig or any other senior official selected specific people for politically motivated audits, reports Naomi Jagoda.
The Supreme Court since August has issued more emergency orders than opinions in cases that have been fully briefed and argued despite several judges expressing doubts about the practice. The more conservative judges signaled that they wanted to use the “shadow case” even more aggressively. Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented most often when the court refused to grant expedited appeals. Read more from Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson.
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