A little behind schedule, Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, depart on Air Force One for Ponce, Puerto Rico.
While leaving, Biden told reporters about the purpose of the trip. And they are trying desperately to catch up with the last hurricane. Looking at the situation today, I want to make sure that we do everything we can. ”
Biden plans to speak in Puerto Rico. 2:30 PM ET.
Further updates from the Supreme Court include Jackson’s first question while on duty on the bench.
hear oral argument here.
Here’s more context from The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington on Supreme Court hearings and their implications for democracy:
On Monday, nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court take their seats at the start of the new judicial year, but the shockwaves of the panel’s previous seismic period continue to reverberate across America.
In their first term, which ended in June, the court’s new 6-to-3 ultra-right wing stunned the country by tearing apart decades of established laws. , loosened America’s already lax gun laws, set up roadblocks to combat the climate crisis, and increased the voice of religious groups in public life.
A flurry of extreme right-wing rulings has shaken public confidence in the court’s political neutrality. A Gallup poll this week found that less than half of U.S. adults trust it — a 20-point drop in just two years, the lowest rating since Gallup began tracking trends in 1972. .
Judges are beginning to respond to the pressure by openly sparring in public. The Wall Street Journal reports that in a recent speech, liberal justice Elena Kagan accused her conservative peers of undermining her court’s credibility by embracing the Republican cause. did.
Read the full article here.
The Supreme Court’s new term begins today, and oral arguments are scheduled to begin at 10:00 am.
During its opening today, the court will hear arguments about holding social media companies financially responsible for terrorist attacks, according to the Associated Press.
Relatives of those killed in terrorist attacks in France and Turkey have sued several social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, accusing them of spreading terrorist messages and radicalizing recruits.
Tomorrow, the court is set to hear arguments on challenges to the Voting Rights Act, a historic law that prohibits racial discrimination in voting rules.
Over the next few months, the court will hear other cases centered around affirmative action, Shimizu law enforcement, and other issues.
Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman to sit on the Supreme Court, sits on the bench for oral argument today.
Jackson was celebrated in a courtroom ceremony on Friday attended by Biden, Kamala Harris and other state officials.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden left the White House at 10:10 a.m. this morning and headed to Puerto Rico, where Biden surveyed the damage done to the island during Hurricane Fiona and prepared 6,000 for future storms. We will be announcing $10,000 in federal funding.
Deanne Criswell, administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be with us.
A White House official told CNN about the travel agenda: Officials working around the clock to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild… the president will also be briefed on ongoing recovery efforts. ”
At least 25 people died when Hurricane Fiona made landfall on the island last month, the Puerto Rican health department reported.
A natural disaster has caused an island-wide blackout, with hundreds of thousands still without power.
Biden will then visit Florida on Wednesday.
Biden referred to Fiona and Hurricane Ian, which landed in Florida last week, during his speech at the congressional black caucus ceremony on Saturday, NBC News reported.
“Our hearts are weighing down… with devastating hurricanes and storms in Puerto Rico, Florida and South Carolina. And we owe Puerto Rico far more than they already owe.” .
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After several tropical storms last month, the extent of damage from these natural disasters is still unknown.
today, Joe Biden and Mrs. Jill Biden Visit Puerto Rico to investigate the island’s damage from Hurricane Fiona. Two weeks ago, flooding and landslides caused by storms caused power outages across the island, affecting water supplies. Millions of people lost access to clean water in the dark. Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power.
If you were there, Biden Announced $60 million in infrastructure funding for Puerto Rico from a bipartisan infrastructure law passed last year.
Meanwhile, millions of Floridians struggle to recover Hurricane Ian It landed last week as Ian’s death toll topped 80.
Partisan tensions are boiling over the handling of the storm, with Republican officials facing criticism for denying disaster relief aid on short-term appropriations bills, Politico reports.
Florida Governor DeSantis is facing mounting criticism for spending millions of dollars on a “political stunt” in the weeks leading up to Ian.