President Biden will propose a rule to boost “Buy American” requirements and US supply chains, Biden to require vaccination or strict testing for all federal workers, and testimony on capitol riot begins.
Back in January, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that launched a government-wide initiative to support American manufacturing at increasing the use of federal procurement of domestic-made items.
Reports of the proposed rule on “buy American” requirements were made ahead of President Biden’s remarks on Wednesday. The speech will highlight the importance of American manufacturing and focusing on purchasing products made in America to support good-pain jobs for American workers.
The proposed rule will immediately raise the threshold for products that qualify for purchase by the federal government, according to administration officials, The Hill reported.
The rule will increase the threshold of the value of the products parts made in the United States to 60 percent to qualify. That marks a five percent increase over the current 55 percent value.
The rule change will also extend enhanced price preferences to some critical products to support their development while expanding domestic supply chains. Essentially, the pricing preferences aim to create stable demand for domestically-produced products that are critical.
Lastly, the rule changes also add a reporting requirement for critical products to improve compliance with the Buy American Act of 1982 while improving the government’s data on the number of domestic items and federal purchases.
President Joe Biden is expected to announce that his administration will require that all federal workers be vaccinated or else submit to strict testing measures, CNBC reported.
When the requirements are initiated and put into effect has not yet been revealed. The move comes amid a surge in variants worldwide and a considerable rise within the US, where multiple states are now seen triple-digit increases in case numbers.
The future federal vaccination requirements by the Biden administration follow an announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday in which the agency revised its mask guidelines.
The CDC said it was time for fully vaccinated people to return to wearing masks indoors in areas where cases are surging, the Weather Company reported. The CDC also said everyone should wear masks in schools.
Four police officers who were involved in trying to fend off the mob that invaded the US Capitol on January 6, 2020, gave testimony on Tuesday before members of the House Select Committee, largely casting the blame on President Donald Trump and his loyalist from the Republican Party, Fox reported.
“I need you guys to address if anyone in power had a role in this,” said Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Officer Daniel Hodges. “If anyone in power coordinated, or aided abetted or tried to downplay, tried to prevent the investigation of this terrorist attack.”
“It’s not a secret that it was political,” said USCP Private First Class Harry Dunn. “They were literally there to ‘stop the steal.'”
Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), a Republican appointed to the committee by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), suggested in her opening remarks that they could call former President Donald Trump to testify, The Hill reported.
“The American people deserve the full and open testimony of every person with knowledge of the planning and preparation for January 6,” Cheney said. “We must also know what happened every minute of that day in the White House — every phone call, every conversation, every meeting leading up to, during and after the attack. Honorable men and women have an obligation to step forward.”
“If those responsible are not held accountable, and if Congress does not act responsibly, this will remain a cancer on our constitutional Republic, undermining the peaceful transfer of power at the heart of our democratic system,” Cheney added. “We must issue and enforce subpoenas promptly. We must get to the objective truth. We must overcome the many efforts we already see to cover up and obscure the facts.”