White House Daily Press Conference: February 16th

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 16, 2021)—today the White House Press Secretary Psaki held her daily press conference.

Highlights:

  • Biden extends the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums.

    The actions announced today will:

    • Extend the foreclosure moratorium for homeowners through June 30, 2021;
    • Extend the mortgage payment forbearance enrollment window until June 30, 2021 for borrowers who wish to request forbearance;
    • Provide up to six months of additional mortgage payment forbearance, in three-month increments, for borrowers who entered forbearance on or before June 30, 2020.
    • Biden to travel to Wisconsin to participated in a town hall meeting to discuss his stimulus plan.
    • COVID Coordinator participated in a call with Governors. The Biden administration will increase the vaccine supply to states to 13.5 million doses per week and send 2 million vaccine doses to local pharmacies this week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki says.
    • The Press Secretary announce that Healthcare.gov is opened for health insurance sign up.
    • “The president would support” Congress’ establishment of a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, said Psaki.
    • Biden is aware of the snow and ice storms. He has called governors across the southern and plain states including Texas.
    • The Biden’s Administration offered their condolences to the family of the deceased contractor killed in rocket attack in Iraq. No other action to be taken at this time, said Secretary Psaki.  She added diplomacy is a priority and part of the administration’s strategy.
    • The “national clearinghouse” for vaccine info WHCOS— said the administration would try to build. She said there are no updates and wouldn’t say if the idea was being actively worked on.
    • President Biden plans to speak to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “soon,” said  the  Press  Sec.  “Israel is of course an ally,” she adds.
    • The Press Secretary response regarding the employment of  former WH aide TJ Ducklo “He’s no longer employed here and I think that speaks for itself.” . She was asked why he wasn’t terminated immediately in light of Biden’s Day One pledge to immediately fire employees who disrespect others–she did not speak specifically to the question but said the President leads by example and she follows that example.

Source: White House

 

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