Joe Biden's disapproval rating hits new high over Covid, economy: Poll
According to the poll, 56 per cent of the survey's 1,895 respondents said they disapprove of Biden's job performance, the worst such reading of his presidency by the end of his first year in office, Xinhua news agency reported.
Biden signs bill aiming to punish China for human rights abuses against Uyghurs
The bipartisan legislation, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent last week, bans imports of goods from the Xinjiang region unless individuals or companies demonstrate that the materials were made without forced labour, the report said. The bill, called the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, is the latest effort by the US to punish China for alleged abuse of millions of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.
Biden says to run for president in 2024 if in good health
"Yes," he said when asked by host David Muir if he plans to run for reelection, in an interview aired Wednesday on ABC's World News Tonight, reported Xinhua news agency. "But look, I'm a great respecter of fate. Fate has intervened in my life many, many times. If I'm in the health I'm in now, if I'm in good health, then in fact, I would run again," he said.
Democratic Senator says won't vote for Joe Biden's social spending bill
"If I can't go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can't vote for it. And I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't," Xinhua news agency quoted Manchin, a key moderate Democratic senator from West Virginia, as saying on Fox News on Sunday. "This is a no on this legislation. I have tried everything I know to do," Manchin said, citing concerns about the surging inflation and the $29 trillion national debt.
Joe Biden signs legislation raising US debt limit, averts potential default
The move came on Thursday after US Congress on Wednesday morning gave a final approval to the measure that would raise the debt limit to roughly $31 trillion, which would cover the federal government's borrowing through 2023, Xinhua news agency reported. "We're relieved policymakers agreed to raise the debt ceiling rather than putting the country's full faith and credit at risk. But this was way too last minute and brought our economy too close to the brink," Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said Thursday in a statement.
Covid deaths in US under Biden equal as during Trump
The Trump administration's response to Covid-19 was markedly haphazard and the disease was widespread by the time Biden was sworn in. However, Biden could also not deliver as promised. Despite life-saving vaccines - which first became available in the US in December 2020 - and a pledge to achieve "independence from the virus" by July 4, the country has struggled with vaccine hesitancy.
US Congress passes roughly $770bn defense spending bill for FY2022
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) cleared the House last week and now goes to President Joe Biden's desk to be signed into law, Xinhua news agency reported. "For the past six years, Congress worked on a bipartisan basis to pass an annual defense authorization act without fail. ... With so many priorities to balance, I thank my colleagues for working hard over these last few months, both in committee and off the floor, to get NDAA done," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York.
Will 'double down' on boosting India's security, deterring aggression: US envoy nominee
"India is situated in a tough neighbourhood. Few nations are more vital to the future of American security and prosperity than India," Garcetti said at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination. He said that he would work to achieve India's security "through information sharing, counter-terrorism coordination, joint freedom of navigation patrols and military exercises, which I have participated in as a naval officer alongside my Indian counterparts, and sales of our best defence technologies in order to realise the full potential of our major defence partnership".
Biden's approval rating lowest over handling inflation, Covid, gun violence
According to the poll, 28 per cent of Americans approved of Biden's handling of inflation, while a majority at 69 per cent, disapproved. The survey revealed that Americans have named surging inflation as their top concern, Xinhua news agency. The President has witnessed a drop in approval rates in his handling of the economic recovery, with 41 per cent of Americans approving his handling in December, compared to 47 per cent back in October.
US Senate panel to take up long-delayed confirmation process for envoy to India
Garcetti is considered close to Biden having been a co-chair of his election campaign. The US tends to send political nominees as ambassadors to important posts, often selecting Presidents' supporters or those raising political funds and they usually have a direct line to the presidents and top officials. The panel will also consider President Joe Biden's nomination of Donald Armin Blome as the envoy to Pakistan.