Gov. Whitmer seeks presidential disaster declaration to help Michigan businesses, residents impacted by flooding
On Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requested that President Joe Biden declare a major disaster for the state of Michigan as a result of the heavy rainfall and flooding that occurred in late June.
Federal officials increasing COVID-19 vaccine doses available for Michigan starting next week
Gretchen Whitmer released a statement Tuesday after White House officials announced that there will be an increase of COVID-19 vaccine doses available for Michigan starting next week. Officials said the allocation includes 147,800 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This comes after Whitmer recently requested for more vaccines as the state is seeing a rise in COVID numbers. READ: CDC: Michigan leads country in new cases of COVID per populationMore than 4 million doses have been administered in the state. We know that the COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective at preventing COVID-19.
Group to discuss energy recommendations for Michigan U.P.
LANSING, Mich. – A group looking into ways to meet energy needs in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is expected to discuss its recommendations during an online public meeting. Energy Task Force will hold its final meeting Tuesday, according to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. On Sunday’s episode of Flashpoint former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm who currently serves on President Joe Biden’s cabinet as secretary of energy will make an appearance. AdFlashpoint 3/14/21: Energy secretary Jennifer Granholm, county leaders to weigh in on crucial issuesRead more:
President Biden marks one-year anniversary of pandemic with plan to beat the virus
One year after the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, President Joe Biden on Thursday spoke of a plan to beat the virus. The president pledged to make all adults eligible to receive a vaccine by May 1. Biden noted that it does not mean everyone 18 and older will be vaccinated by that day but that all adults would be eligible to sign up for one. READ: Biden aims for quicker shots, ‘independence from this virus’READ: Biden signs COVID bill: When to expect 3rd stimulus check and who’s eligibleAdThe country’s recovery from the pandemic is dependent on people getting vaccinated, he said. MORE: Tracking COVID-19 vaccination progress in the USAlong with the vaccination push, the president said opening all K-8 schools in the next 50 days is a top priority.
President Biden sets May 1 target to have all adults vaccine-eligible
President Joe Biden speaks before signing the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Washington. Ad“This is a whole of country effort,” White House chief of staff Ron Klain told CNN. “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,” Biden said as he signed the bill in the Oval Office. Biden originally planned to sign the bill on Friday, but it arrived at the White House more quickly than anticipated. AdAlmost exactly one year ago, President Donald Trump addressed the nation to mark the WHO’s declaration of a global pandemic.
Gov. Whitmer speaks on President Biden’s visit to Michigan’s Pfizer facility
PORTAGE, Mich. – Friday was a big day for Michigan as President Joe Biden toured the Pfizer manufacturing facility in Portage. Biden witnessed firsthand the 1,300-acre manufacturing site with about 350 ultra-cold freezers holding millions of COVID vaccine doses getting boxed and sent out the door. READ: Biden outlines plan to ramp up US vaccine rollout while at Michigan Pfizer facilityAd“To highlight Portage, Michigan, where Pfizer vaccines are rolling, now we’ve been the epicenter of hope,” Whitmer said. “Every Michigander who wants a vaccine will get a vaccine,” she said. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the WHO, but Biden moved quickly after his inauguration last month to rejoin and confirmed that the U.S. would contribute to COVAX.
President Biden will visit Michigan Pfizer vaccine plant today
President Joe Biden walks on the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One after speaking with reporters, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)President Joe Biden is now scheduled to visit Michigan on Friday after his Thursday trip was postponed due to weather. Pfizer said it takes about 110 days to produce a batch of the COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer expects to make a batch of the vaccine in about 60 days, meaning more doses are on the way. Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phasesAdView more: Michigan COVID-19 dataView more: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 hospitalization data trends
President Biden postpones trip to visit Michigan Pfizer facility due to weather
President Joe Biden walks on the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One after speaking with reporters, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)President Joe Biden’s Thursday trip to Michigan has been postponed due to the weather, according to a White House statement. The announcement was confirmed by a White House official. Biden was scheduled to tour the Pfizer vaccine manufacturing facility in Portage on Thursday. AdMichigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phasesView more: Michigan COVID-19 dataView more: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 hospitalization data trends
Detroit Mayor Duggan speaks on White House meeting
DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan returned to Michigan Friday evening after a meeting with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House. “I’ve been to the White House several times, but this was the first time I’ve ever had a meeting in the Oval Office and that was very special,” Duggan said. The meeting with Biden and Harris also included a bipartisan group of mayors and governors. READ: Detroit Mayor Duggan meets with Biden administration to discuss COVID reliefREAD: 2 cases of COVID-19 B117 variant confirmed in Detroit, mayor saysAd“All of us have people who are out of work, who are afraid that they are going to be evicted when the courts open up, who need housing assistance. He’s very proud in the role he had in helping Detroit come out of bankruptcy when he was vice president and he’s still very much committed to our city,” Duggan said.
Michigan election audit: Hand recount matches machine recount within 1%
LANSING, Mich. – A statewide election audit confirmed that Michigan’s vote-counting machines are accurate, according to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Hundreds of Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan municipal and county clerks from more than 1,300 local jurisdictions participated in the audit. Jocelyn BensonREAD: Michigan Secretary of State makes push for major election reformAdIn the hand count, President Biden received more votes than former president Donald Trump. In Wayne County, which uses Dominion machines, Biden received 68 percent, while Trump received 31 percent. In Oakland County, which uses Hart machines, Biden received 57 percent while Trump received 41 percent, and in Macomb County, which uses ES&S machines, Biden received 44 percent and Trump received 54 percent.
White House COVID Response Team plans to use Defense Production Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Biden administration announced it plans to use the Defense Production Act to assist in the battle against coronavirus. The Defense Production Act was also used by the Trump administration early in the pandemic to increase the production of ventilators. During a Friday press conference, the White House COVID Response Team revealed details about how the act will be used to aid in three key areas. He said the Defense Production Act will be used to prioritize getting critical supplies for Pfizer, including more filling pumps. The act will also be used to help six suppliers make at-home and point-of-care COVID tests.
Hear from the Detroit artist whose Rosa Parks sculpture is featured in Biden’s Oval Office
DETROIT – President Joe Biden brought a piece of Black history to the White House last month when he redecorated the Oval Office. A bronze bust of Detroit’s own Rosa Parks is now on prominent display. Artis Lane, a Detroit artist hand-crafted the bust. READ: Detroit artist’s sculpture of Rosa Parks featured in Biden’s Oval OfficeArtis Lane was born in Ontario. Ad“Sometimes I work from photographs, but she (Rosa Parks) came over to my home.
Detroit artist’s sculpture of Rosa Parks featured in Biden’s Oval Office
The Oval Office of the White House is newly redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden's administration, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, including a bust of civil rights leader Rosa Parks. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)DETROIT – A Detroit artist’s work has been chosen to be prominently featured in President Joe Biden’s Oval Office. Related: Cesar Chavez’s son happy dad’s bust is in Biden Oval OfficeA bust of civil rights figure Rosa Parks, made by Detroiter Artis Lane, is one of the new pieces of art decorating the Oval Office. Lane said she’s honored that one of her sculptures has been included in the Oval Office. Lane’s portrait and sculpture work includes Nelson Mandela, 40th President Ronald Reagan, 45th President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and more.
Live stream: President Joe Biden to discuss response to economic crisis, sign executive orders
President Joe Biden prepares to sign a series of executive orders at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office just hours after his inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is expected to deliver remarks on his administration’s response to the economic crisis at 2:45 p.m. on Friday. It follows Democratic President Joe Biden’s campaign pledge to halt new drilling on federal lands and end the leasing of publicly owned energy reserves as part of his plan to address climate change. Its effect could be further blunted by companies that stockpiled enough drilling permits in Trump’s final months to allow them to keep pumping oil and gas for years. But there are other ways an ambitious Biden administration could make it harder for permit holders to extract oil and gas.
Live stream: Dr. Anthony Fauci joins Press Secretary Jen Psaki for briefing at White House
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON – Dr. Anthony Fauci will join Press Secretary Jen Psaki for a briefing at the White House at 4 p.m. on Thursday. One directive calls for a addressing health care inequities in minority communities hard hit by the virus. “We need to ask average Americans to do their part,” said Jeff Zients, the White House official directing the national response. Surveys have shown vaccine hesitancy is high among African Americans, a problem the administration plans to address through an education campaign. But Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, the top White House health adviser on minority communities, said she’s not convinced that race should be a factor in vaccination.
Congress members from Michigan help mark historic Inauguration Day in Washington
Michigan members of the United States Congress participated in the historic Jan. 20 inauguration of now-President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Thank you President Biden for such an inspiring speech. “I congratulate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their historic inauguration. Leading up to Inauguration Day, a 6-foot fence was constructed around the Michigan Capitol Building and several law enforcement agencies had increased their presence in case any threats arose during expected protests. Continue: With law enforcement at the ready, only a few dozen protesters gather at Michigan CapitolMore inauguration coverage: