7 Things: Biden addresses the nation on the coronavirus, all veterans now eligible for vaccine, Brooks targeted by another Democrat from Congress and more …
7. Terrorism continues in Portland as the media yawns
- Attacks on federal facilities and federal employees outside of Washington, D.C. continue without much concern from the people inside the walls at the U.S. Capitol and the media as a whole. The attacks at the courthouse in Portland are nothing new, but this attack took place days after a metal fence surrounding the facility was removed.
- Portland police said they arrested one person after encountering dozens dressed in black. Elsewhere in Portland, a security guard pulled a gun on protesters after they attempted to break into the building, which is obviously not protesting.
6. People who pay prostitutes can be outed, the prostitutes cannot be under proposed law
- In 2016, a law was passed to protect the privacy of prostitutes, for some reason, but the people who hired those prostitutes were also being “protected,” and State Rep. Merika Coleman (D-Birmingham) wants to change that. For clarity, arrest photos for nearly all other crimes are made public.
- Further confusing the issue, Coleman stated the obvious by pointing out the “direct link” between human trafficking and prostitution while noting having a mug shot published could stop people from committing crimes. However, prostitutes still won’t have their photos published if this law passes.
5. U.S. Senator Rubio becomes the latest national figure to back union in Bessemer
- A week after U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) criticized President Joe Biden for sheepishly weighing-in on the potential to form a union at the Amazon facility in Bessemer, Tuberville’s fellow Republican, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is out with a column in USA Today supporting the effort as well.
- “[T]he days of conservatives being taken for granted by the business community are over,” Rubio writes in a USA Today op-ed. “I stand with [workers] at Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse.”
4. You can vote “no” while understanding there are some good things in COVID relief package
- No Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives voted “yes” on the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. In the U.S. Senate, the bill also received a lot of opposition from Republicans, and despite voting against the package, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) is touting parts of the bill.
- Wicker specifically focused on the $29 billion in the bill that will help the restaurant industry “survive the pandemic,” and while he’s been widely criticized for this by the likes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who said, “It’s typical that they will vote no and take the dough,” Wicker has made it clear that he’s “not going to vote for $1.9 trillion just because it has a couple of good provisions.”
3. All veterans now eligible for coronavirus vaccine
- In Alabama, all veterans of any age are eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine as the vaccine is slowly becoming more available to those across the state, but they need to use the Veterans Affairs system to access the vaccines.
- Veterans can make appointments to get vaccines at clinics located in Birmingham, Guntersville, Huntsville and the Shoals. There are currently only four clinics administering the vaccine.
2. Another Democrat member of Congress wants to boost Mo Brooks’ U.S. Senate campaign
- U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) spoke at the pro-Trump rally that was held just before the riot at the U.S. Capitol, and while the most controversial thing Brooks said was “kick ass and take names,” there are still some looking to drag out this controversy for as long as possible.
- U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) is now saying that Brooks and U.S. Representatives Laura Boebert (R-CO) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) need to be investigated by the House Committee on Ethics and the Office of Congressional Ethics. Specifically, Jayapal has said this is necessary due to “their involvement in instigating and aiding the deadly attack at the Capitol that took place on January 6.” Brooks responded on Twitter saying, “False, scurrilous Socialist attacks against me will NOT stop my fight for America!”
1. Biden speaks to the nation on one year anniversary of the coronavirus
- President Joe Biden gave his first primetime address last night, where he mostly spoke of vaccines and what we have to do to move forward. While ignoring President Donald Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” and pretending the Trump administration ignored the virus, Biden announced that all Americans should be eligible for the vaccine by May 1. The president also focused on the passing of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Biden signed the legislative package just before giving his address.
- Biden assured us that if we are good we can see our friends, stating, “If we do our part … by July 4, there’s a good chance you, your families, and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day. … Small groups will be able to get together.”