Big News from Biden Administration: Calls for Cease-Fire in Gaza, US Child Tax Credits Start July 15, and More

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President Joe Biden has called for a cease-fire to end the violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, while also telling Americans that child tax credits will begin arriving beginning July 15, plus more top stories in politics.

Biden Calls for Cease-Fire in Gaza Conflict

After eight days of violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, President Joe Biden has voiced his support for a cease-fire in hopes of bringing an end to the violence.

President Biden spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said the United States was working with Egypt and other countries and developing a means for halting the hostilities, the BBC reported.

As the conflict in Gaza continues into its second week, the UN Security Council sought to issue a statement calling for a secession of violence. However, despite Mr. Biden’s comments, the United States blocked the UN Security Council statement.

As of early Tuesday, Israel conducted further airstrikes on Gaza after its army claimed dozens of rockets were fired into its territory overnight.

Biden Says Child Tax Credits Will Start Arriving on July 15

President Joe Biden has announced that beginning on July 15, qualifying families will begin receiving child tax credits in the form of a stimulus payment that will continue through December. The credit is part of $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law back in March, the Daily Wire reported.

“Here’s the great news: you won’t have to wait until your next year’s tax return to get that break,” Biden said. “I’m announcing today that on July 15th and on the 15th of every month thereafter throughout year, you will get deposited in your bank account, half of your tax cut, at least $250 per child each month, a direct deposit into your account. So if you’re a working family with two kids, you’re going to get $500 a month into your bank account on the 15th of every month starting in July.”

Rep. Val Demings to Challenge Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022

Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), who served as an impeachment manager in the first Senate trial of former President Donald Trump, has announced she will challenge Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for his Senate seat in 2022, NBC reported. Demings was on Biden’s shortlist last year as potential vice presidential candidates. Demings has served in the House since 2017, and her husband is currently the mayor of Orange County, Florida. Additionally, Demings served as chief of police in Orlando Florida between 2007 and 2011.

Andrew Giuliani, Son of Rudy, Announces 2022 Bid for NY Governor

Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City mayor and former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, has announced a 2022 bid for governor.

Andrew Giuliani, 35, believes he has a real chance to defeat embattled New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo, who has been embroiled in controversies including alleged sexual harassment and a nursing home scandal.

Andrew Giuliani has previously worked as an aide under former President Donald Trump, as well as with the Treasury Department and Health and Human Services, NBC reported.