White House Correspondent Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer gives her take on the latest news from the White House

Good Morning DC,

Every day in the media fishbowl feels like an uphill battle. “My own opinion is enough for me,” to echo Hitchens. “I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time.”

Bonjour DC. 

Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

US March inflation is at 8.5 percent, according to the the Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Today Biden will be in Menlo, Iowa, where he is scheduled to tour POET Bioprocessing plant.

While there, the President will make an announcement on taking actions to lower costs for working families and reduce the impact of “Putin’s Price Hike,” as the White House refers to the gas price hike that started just before the war in Ukraine. 

The President will announce today that the EPA Administrator is planning to allow E15 gasoline—which uses a 15% ethanol blend—to be sold this summer at gas stations. 

  • To make E15 available in the summer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to issue a national emergency waiver. Without this action, E15 cannot be used in most of the country from June 1st to September 15th. EPA plans to take final action to issue the emergency waiver closer to June 1st.
  • E15 is currently offered at 2,300 gas stations in the country.
  • In implementing this emergency fuel waiver, EPA will work with states across the country to ensure there are no significant air quality impacts through the summer 
  • EPA is also considering additional action to facilitate the use of E15 year-round, including continued discussions with states who have expressed interest in allowing year-round use of E15 and considering modifications to E15 fuel pump labeling.

Today, EPA is also announcing efforts to expand supply and choices for other forms of fuel, such as diesel and jet fuel. The Agency is proposing a new approval for canola oil that will add new pathways for fuels to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program to provide renewable diesel, jet fuel, and other fuels. 

Yesterday, Biden and PM Modi took part in a virtual 2+2 ministerial meeting. India abstained from several votes at the UN, including the vote to remove Russia from the Human Rights Council.

Did Biden ask Modi to take a side, as opposed to the neural position that they’ve taken?

According to a Senior Biden Administration Official, “India is going to make its own judgments.” He confirmed that “the President shared his views,” and that he and Modi talked about “how to mitigate the destabilizing impacts of Putin’s war, including on food supply, where India is in a position to assist.” 

Psaki assessed the virtual meeting between Biden and Modi as, overall, “constructive” and “productive.”

Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to meet with labor leaders at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 training center. They will be joined by Senator Bob Casey, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, and Congressman Dwight Evans.

Harris will announce that the Department of Labor (DOL)’s Occupational, Health, and Safety Administration (OSHA) is launching a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Outdoor and Indoor Heat Related Hazards. 

DIGITAL ASSETS

Crypto Bahamas, an invitation-only summit hosted by SALT and FTX, is sold out. The Who’s Who in the crypto industry will flock into Nassau on April 26 for three days of high profile networking events, talks, and VIP parties. Welcome to the fabulous lives of crypto billionaires!

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Across the pond, the news broke this morning that the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak will fined over partygate scandal at Downing Street.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is already calling for their resignations. “Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have broken the law and repeatedly lied to the British public. They must both resign.”

And that’s a wrap for this Tuesday morning, April 12, 2022. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

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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...