"Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value."  - Joe Biden (2008)  

Still rings true today. About time we had some bills that benefitted the people.

Biden Details $1.52 Trillion Spending Request-
The White House spending request includes increases in funding to address climate change, along with beefing up education, health research and the Internal Revenue Service:
nyti.ms/3d5W3GZ

Yesterday afternoon, it was my turn and I can proudly say I am one of the vaccinated against covid.

I have a second shot in 3 weeks but I feel great about protecting my family, friends, and community.

I have no side effects expect a slightly sore arm which is normal. I had to work a little to get the appointment, but the feeling is worth it.

Highly unlikely.

So far this year, there has been more GQP insurrections than GQP useful ideas.

Opinion | To be taken seriously, Republicans need a serious bill-
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

My brother is getting the J&J vaccine today and I'm relieved that I can stop worrying about him. (I'm up soon!) I don't know anyone who is concerned that it's an inferior vaccine, and he thought not having to make a second trip to the site was a bonus.

Some people may have a reason for needing one vaccine over another, due to allergies to ingredients, or approval for their age group. For most people, take whatever shot you can get.

I do appreciate that sites are letting us know what vaccine they have available though. For some people, a second trip is a hardship, or they do have one of those contraindications.

This video shows why the effectiveness of Pfizer/Moderna/J&J/AstraZeneca can't be measured against each other. The tests were conducted in different conditions.

vox.com/22311625/covid-19-vacc

This is great news out of Wisconsin.

This would have flagged 69,000 voters who didn't even cast a vote in 2020. You know why the Republicans are doing this.

They know their current ideals will not score any new voters so they try to eliminate the possibility of voting altogether.

Wisconsin Supreme Court says don't purge voters from rolls:
apnews.com/article/wisconsin-s

For Republicans complaining about this-

We have not had a phenomenon of presidents just adding Supreme Court justices whenever they come into office. What we actually have had is one political party refusing to allow a president with a year left in his term to nominate a justice on some pseudo-Constitutional theory that it was too close to an election (the Constitution does not say, "a Black man in the last year of his term may not nominate a Justice") and then to have that same group of turn around and confirm a nominee after an election had already started. Those are the facts.

So- worthwhile study.

Biden unveils commission to study possible expansion of Supreme Court -
washingtonpost.com/politics/bi

Such a disgrace. Putting politics over the lives of people. I'm so thankful every day that we are rid of them, but the consequences go on and on.

'Yippee': Emails reveal how Trump officials celebrated getting CDC to change official language on Covid risks-
news.yahoo.com/yippee-emails-r

He is actually calling for a repeat of the Capitol insurrection/sedition. It is truly sickening how far Republicans will go to stop Black and Brown people from legally voting. Republicans are a minority party which continues to shrink every day. They are not patriots. They are terrorists.

Video shows Texas GOP official calling for ‘army’ of poll watchers in Black and Latino areas |
independent.co.uk/news/world/a

It's a giant game of Red Rover. Literally half the people I know went or are going out of state for their shots. You come to my state for yours, I'll go to your state for mine. It's a huge waste of gas and probably costing lives in car accidents.

I'm glad we have 20% of the population vaccinated -- better than most countries and I thank the Biden administration -- but the rollout could barely be worse if someone tried to think of how not to set up a vaccine distribution plan and did it that way. We need a national healthcare system.

washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/t

@TonyStark Just look at the red flag data. We have to do this.

@TonyStark It is SO important to start local and build from the ground up. Great news!!

Congratulations to voters and organizers and to Jill Underly on her win on Tuesday to be the next State Superintendent of Schools. Public education in Wisconsin is now in excellent hands.

Considering that this seat was the one held by Tony Evers before he became Wisconsin's Governor, this is a great win.

Jill Underly defeats Deborah Kerr in state superintendent race-
madison.com/ct/news/local/educ

@TonyStark We did well electing him, and we must make sure everyone can vote so the Republicans can't stop us from electing the people we want again next time, Sen. Manchin

@MariaHill
I hope Joe Manchin remembers that the Republicans already got rid of the filibuster when it came to confirming judges. 

The Republicans in the last administration didn't have any policy goals that would require 60 votes: tax cuts (also achievable thru reconciliation) and appointment of judges (simple majority because they made it that way.)

We can be sure Republicans would abolish or weaken the filibuster when it suits their needs – regardless of whatever McConnell says now. Did McConnell ever act out of fairness, respect for the rules, or concern for the minority party's rights when he held the majority? No, and he won't in the future. 

Good.
Removing the right to vote permanently from felons is ridiculous. Also extends punishment beyond the original sentence.

Washington governor signs bill restoring voting rights after prison release -
cnn.com/2021/04/07/politics/wa

He is right and I am thankful that we have a President who's taking this issue seriously. The time of the Republican plan of "we've tried nothing and we're all out of ideas" is overdue for an end.

To those who say stronger safety measures won't work, facts are not with you: latimes.com/projects/if-gun-la

Biden says gun violence in U.S. is an epidemic, unveils executive actions and calls for national red flag law:
cnbc.com/2021/04/08/biden-says

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