1 Biden: Inflation Is Top Domestic Priority
President Biden calls inflation his top domestic priority. Speaking at the White House, Biden said the U.S. economy is strong, but he also acknowledged ongoing pain among struggling families. Biden cited his massive release of oil from the nation's vast petroleum reserves, an effort to get gas prices down – something that only helped temporarily. He touted his administration's efforts to create a "clean energy economy" and said Republicans have no plan to actually curb inflation. Meantime, Biden said his administration is fighting to get prescription drug prices down, notably insulin. He noted ongoing problems with supply chains, which grew out of the COVID pandemic.
2 House Approves Nearly $40B In Additional Ukraine Aid, As White House Warns
The House has approved nearly $40-billion more dollars in aid for Ukraine – more than President Biden even asked for. The bill passed late yesterday in a vote of 368-to-57, with all the no votes being Republicans. It will now head to the Senate, where it is also likely to pass. President Biden recently urged lawmakers to approve the additional money and get it to his desk. He called the money an urgent need as Ukraine tries to fight off Russia's ongoing invasion. On that note, the White House is warning that the Russian war against Ukraine could drag on awhile. Speaking to reporters, Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted President Biden's recent remark that Russian President Vladimir Putin "doesn't have a way out right now."
3 American Trust In SCOTUS Falling
Americans' trust in the U.S. Supreme Court is falling. The Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that American trust has gone down almost 20% since September 2020. Then, 70% of registered voters said they had some trust in the high court. However, that number is down to 51%. The prior poll was conducted following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg while the latest poll was done after the leak of a SCOTUS draft showing the high court is considering overturning Roe v. Wade.