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7 Things: White House wants 5-year-olds vaccinated, Alabama Legislature still ready to move on Critical Race Theory, Tuberville takes aim at January 6 commission and more …

7. Colorado will do everything to keep Space Command from coming to Alabama

  • U.S. Space Command was announced as coming to Huntsville, but Colorado lawmakers have regularly attempted to prevent this from happening since the temporary location is located there. Initially, it was alleged that then-President Donald Trump influenced the decision to move the base for political reasons. 
  • While this has been disputed, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and U.S. Representative Jason Crow (D-CO) continue to demand an investigation into the decision. Bennet stated, “It is the nexus of national security space operations for the intelligence community and the Department of Defense.” Crow said Trump “put his thumb on the scale in favor of one location, which of course would be inconsistent with our national security and inconsistent with long-standing Department of Defense protocol.”

6. Brian Laundrie’s possessions found along with human remains

  • It’s been confirmed by the FBI that some of Brian Laundrie’s possessions were found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environment Park along with human remains. This was discovered only hours after Laundrie’s parents were searching in the area. 
  • Special agent for the FBI’s Tampa division Michael McPherson said, “These items were found in an area that, up until recently, had been underwater. Our evidence response team is on scene using all available forensic resources to process the area.” Authorities have been searching for Laundrie as a suspect in Gabby Petito’s murder. 

5. Carl wants action at the border

  • Since President Joe Biden took office, the situation at the southern border has gotten increasingly worse as he’s removed Trump-era policies. Now, U.S. Representative Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) is demanding action to remedy the situation. 
  • In a statement, Carl said that he’s sent a letter to Biden and said, “President Biden and Vice President Harris have completely failed to address the crisis at our border and enforce our nation’s immigration laws.” He added, “It’s time for the Biden Administration to get serious about this crisis and protect the health and safety of Americans across this country.” This comes after it was reported that the Biden administration flew migrants all over the country in the middle of the night. 

4. Critical Race Theory ban is coming from the legislature

  • State Representative Ed Oliver (R-Dadeville) has reiterated his intentions to bring forward legislation that would ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) from being taught in public schools throughout the state. 
  • Oliver has made it clear that his goal is to “stop indoctrination” and went on to say, “We’re not saying you can’t teach anything in a class or discuss anything like adults. The First Amendment is critical to me, and I do believe that the speech that you ought to protect is the speech that you hate the most. And I think that’s important.” Oliver’s bill has already been pre-filed for the next legislative session.  

3. Tuberville isn’t standing down in Capitol riot discussion

  • U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) said during a press briefing that he wants more honest discussion about the Capitol riot that happened on January 6, saying that he hopes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is questioned on if she was warned about the potential violence that day. 
  • Tuberville went on to explain, “Because you, Nancy Pelosi, are in charge of the Capitol. You’re in charge of the security of the Capitol. We never hear anything like that.” Tuberville added that “this commission invalid” due to the partisan nature of how members of the committee were selected. 

2. Moore wants to delay the military vaccine mandate

  • U.S. Representative Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) is advocating for the delay of the vaccine mandate for the military in the country, and he’s now sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. 
  • Republicans joined Moore in signing the letter, where they express concerns over the medical risks of the vaccine that could have “the potential to impact force readiness in the months and years to come.” The letter goes on to address “the recent efforts to force these new vaccinations on millions of Americans goes against the principles of freedom and individual liberty that we hold dear.”

1. White House preparing for the coronavirus vaccine to be approved for children as young as 5

  • The White House is expecting the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to be approved for children ages five to 11 within the next couple of weeks, and now they’re preparing plans to provide the vaccine to these children. There will be multiple locations available for parents to take their children to get the vaccine, including their pediatrician’s office and possibly their school. 
  • The approval is expected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention around November 2-3. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients has said “[w] e’re going to be ready, pending the FDA and CDC decision” to send out vaccines across the country.