Author: WHOPSO Staff       Published: 1/26/2024     White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach

The Biden-Harris Administration Issues Pause on Pending LNG Exports

On Friday, January 26th, President Biden decided to pause pending approvals of liquefied natural gas exports with the exception of unanticipated and immediate national security emergencies.

This pause on new LNG approvals sees the climate crisis for what it is: the existential threat of our time. The U.S. is already the number one exporter of LNG worldwide – with U.S. LNG exports expected to double by the end of this decade. At the same time, the U.S. remains unwavering in our commitment to supporting our allies around the world.

Climate Achievements of the Biden-Harris Administration:

  • Advancing the most ambitious environmental justice agenda in history, including by signing a historic Executive Order that calls on the federal government to bring clean energy and healthy environments to all and mitigate harm to those who have suffered from toxic pollution and other environmental burdens like climate change; delivering on the Justice40 initiative, which is ensuring that the benefits of President Biden’s historic investments in America – from clean energy projects to floodwater protections – reach communities that need them most; replacing lead pipes and taking action to protect communities from PFAS pollution; accelerating Superfund cleanups; tightening air quality enforcement near pollution facilities; and more
  • Canceled remaining oil and gas leases issued by the previous administration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, proposed protections for more than 13 million acres in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, and withdrew approximately 2.8 million acres of the Beaufort Sea, ensuring the entire United States Arctic Ocean is off limits to new oil and gas leasing.
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White House Held a Gun Violence Prevention Event for K-12 Principals
On Thursday, January 25th, the Biden-Harris administration hosted an event at the White House for school principals in an effort to promote the safe storage of firearms to help protect children. As part of the event, the Justice Department released a guide to safe firearm storage and the Education Department will distribute materials to schools to share with families.
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Biden-Harris Administration Allocated Nearly $5 Billion for Major Transporation Projects Nationwide
On Thursday, January 25th, President Biden traveled to the Blatnik Bridge in Superior, Wisconsin to announce nearly $5 billion for major infrastructure projects that will transform communities across the country as a part of his Investing in America agenda and Bidenomics.

The announcement, includes $1 billion to replace the Blatnik bridge, is a key example of the President following through on that promise. The historic investment will support a total of 37 transportation projects nationwide that will create good-paying jobs, unlock economic opportunity, and make our transportation systems safer, less congested, and more resilient. This commitment is a part of the President’s broader Investing in America agenda, which has mobilized over $640 billion in private sector manufacturing and clean energy investments and created nearly 700,000 construction jobs since the President took office.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announced Record-Breaking 2024 Open Enrollment Period Under the Affordable Care Act
On Wednesday, January 24th, President Biden announced the record-breaking 2024 Open Enrollment Period under the Affordable Care Act. There was a record 21.3 million Americans that utilized Affordable Care Act coverage for 2024. Nearly 5 million more people signed up for Obamacare policies for this year compared with last year.Several states, saw massive jumps in sign-ups. Affordable Care Act was very popular in the two states with the highest number of plan selections: Texas and Florida, where 1.1 million and nearly 1 million more residents picked policies, respectively.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announce New Commitments Towards Equitable Workforce Development in Advanced Manufacturing
On Tuesday, January 23rd, the Biden-Harris Administration highlighted new commitments towards equitable workforce development in advanced manufacturing. Here is what the Administration was able to accomplish in just three months.

  • Over 160 organizations have made new commitments to workforce development and job quality in advanced manufacturing.
  • Over 150 new advanced manufacturing-related Registered Apprenticeship programs and occupations have been created or are newly under development.
  • Over 4,700 new apprentices have been hired in advanced manufacturing occupations.
  • The Administration is announcing new investments—including more than $50 million in January alone—to grow and diversify America’s advanced manufacturing workforce.
  • The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute, in partnership with labor and industry, will lead development of a universal pathway curriculum for advanced manufacturing to provide students and workers an onramp to good, advanced manufacturing careers.

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Vice President Harris Kicks Off Nationwide “Fight for Reproductive Freedoms” Tour in Big Bend, Wisconsin
On Monday, January 22nd, Vice President Kamala Harris marked the 51st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by kicking off her nationwide “Fight for Reproductive Freedoms” tour. During the Vice President Harris’ speech, she called out extremists for proposing a national abortion ban, called on Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade, and urged the crowd of more than 500 attendees to stay engaged in the fight for fundamental freedoms across America. The Vice President also highlighted the harm caused by extreme abortion bans, shared stories of those who have been impacted, and connected the dots on who is responsible for this chaos, confusion, and harm.

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This speech was a continuation of the Vice President’s consistent leadership in the fight for reproductive rights. Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, she has held more than 60 convenings in 20 states while bringing together hundreds of elected officials, health care providers, faith leaders, students, and advocates who are on the frontlines of the fight for reproductive freedom.
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Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions on the 51st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
On Monday, January 22nd, the Biden-Harris Administration announced New Actions on the 51st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Additionally, President Biden convened the White House Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access.

  • The contrast between the Biden-Harris Administration and Republican elected officials is clear. Women are being denied essential medical care needed to preserve their health and save lives:
    • 21 states have abortion bans in effect
    • 27 million women of reproductive age now live in states with abortion bans
    • Over 380 state bills restricting access to abortion care were introduced
    • Congressional Republicans have proposed three national abortion bans

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  • The overturning of Roe v. Wade was just the beginning. Republican elected officials are going to even further extremes to undermine reproductive rights:
    • Determined to pass a national abortion ban to criminalize care in every state.
    • Working to prevent women from accessing FDA-approved medication abortion, even in states where abortion is legal.
    • Trying to stop women from traveling out-of-state to access care, including by threatening to prosecute their doctors and families simply for helping them get care.
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  • The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to ensuring women have the freedom to make their own reproductive health care decisions. President Biden and Vice President Harris stand with the vast majority of Americans who believe that the right to choose is fundamental and these decisions should be made by a woman with the help of her doctor, not politicians.
  • The Administration will continue to take decisive action to protect access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraception, like:
    • Help ensure that women receive the medical care they need in an emergency, such as a miscarriage;
    • Defend access to safe and effective medication abortion;
    • Expand access to affordable contraception; and
    • Strengthen privacy protections for patients and doctors.
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Biden-Harris Administration Resources for the accomplishments done by the Biden-Harris administration. to learn more about how the American Rescue Plan is helping the American people.

State-by-State Fact Sheet to view the progress in all 50 states, DC, and territories. to learn more about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Maps to view the more than 20,000 projects and funding awards. to stay updated on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s signature projects.

ReproductiveRights.Gov for the one-stop shop on resources regarding abortion access, insurance coverage, and your reproductive rights. to learn how the Inflation Reduction Act will help American families access cost-saving clean energy resources.

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