Week Ending March 4, 2022

  • President Biden delivers State of the Union address
  • Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson nominated to the Supreme Court
  • Register for White House infrastructure webinars

President Biden delivers State of the Union address

In his first State of the Union address to Congress, President Joe Biden said our nation is stronger than a year ago and will be “stronger a year from now than we are today.”

From beating back COVID to creating over 6.5 million new jobs – the most in a single year in the nation’s history – Biden outlined his administration’s significant accomplishments during the Tuesday night speech. He also laid out his future priorities, proposing a “unity agenda” that shows once again he is on the side of working families. He highlighted proposals to lower the cost of prescription drugs and child care, make it easier for workers to form strong unions, fight climate change and more.

Before the State of the Union address, President Saunders praised Biden for his administration’s accomplishments and urged the president to specify what comes next. Saunders said the president achieved his successes by listening to working people. Tuesday night, Pres. Biden not only answered the question of what comes next but made working people feel confident about the future.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson nominated to the Supreme Court

When Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced that he will retire at the end of this term, Biden honored his commitment to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court. The president delivered on that promise during Black History Month, naming Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill Breyer’s vacancy. Judge Jackson is a brilliant, fair-minded jurist committed to advancing civil rights and protecting equal justice under the law. Her lived experience and professional background reflect the nation’s diversity and show a deep understanding of the challenges facing everyday working families. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have said they will move expeditiously to confirm Judge Jackson, aiming to do so by April 11. AFSCME urges the Senate to move quickly on her nomination.

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Register for White House infrastructure webinars

Lastly, there’s an update on the Infrastructure School Webinar Series that the White House is sponsoring for partners. Please feel free to register for any that are applicable to you and your members.

The White House’s infrastructure webinars will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 p.m.–5 p.m. ET from Feb. 17 to March 24.

Registration is open for the following webinars:

March 8: Safety
March 10: Clean Energy and Power
March 15: Water
March 17: Resilience
March 22: Environmental Remediation
March 24: Broadband

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