Good Morning DC. At 2:15 p.m. today, President Biden will deliver remarks on the COVID-19 response and the vaccination program from the State Dining Room.

Good Morning DC! 

It’s Friday so I will keep it short. At 2:15 p.m. today, President Biden will deliver remarks on the COVID-19 response and the vaccination program from the State Dining Room. After that, he will depart to Wilmington, Delaware where he will remain over the weekend.

President Biden and his team announced on Thursday a potential new form of fighting Covid-19, the pill. The Biden administration laid out a $3.2 billion plan to create a type of drug which can fight against Covid-19 and other possible diseases. The plan is named the Antiviral Program for Pandemics and will start working on testing and clinical trials by creating new ways to combat Covid-19.

Secretary Blinken spoke with former President Jimmy Carter yesterday about  Nicaragua.  They welcomed the strong June 15 vote at the Organization of American States Permanent Council, to send a message that Ortega and Murillo’s actions are unacceptable. 

The House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2002 Israel war powers authorization which allowed US military forces to be used in Iraq. This reversal is something many Democrats have advocated for and attempted to achieve for many years. It passed 262-161 in the House and resulted in some bipartisan support – 49 Republicans voted with the Democrats to oppose the authorization 

The Senate will convene on Monday, June 21st at 3:00 p.m. to consider the nomination of Christopher Fonzone to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The vote is planned for 5:30 pm. 

Cloture has also been filed on the following:

1.       Kiran Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

2.       The motion to proceed to S.2093For the People Act.

So far, here is the list of nominations that have been confirmed by unanimous consent:

1.       Pamela Melroy to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

2.       Richard Spinrad to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

3.       Matthew Quinn to be Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs

4.       Tanya Marie Trujillo to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior

5.       Chris Inglis to be National Cyber Director

The forthcoming Cannes Film Festival is taking action to protect the planet by addressing climate changeAl Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio already got an invite to attend

And that’s a wrap for this Friday morning, June 18, 2021. Good Morning DC will be back on Monday to bring you the latest first. 

Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...

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