Remarks by President Biden on the Weekly Economic Briefing

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2:52 p.m. EDT

THE CHAIRMAN: Well, first of all, Jill and I and the entire administration extend our condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the loss of Prince Philip. He really was a guy.

He – you know, he was – in his lifetime serving the UK and the whole Commonwealth was visible to everyone for a long, long time, and his bravery in WWII service, as well. that his being a champion of the environment, as well as the charity – the charitable activities that he has established.

We therefore truly express our condolences for an extraordinary life led by the Prince. And I think he’s going to be missed, especially in the UK. Ninety-nine years old and he never slowed down at all, and – which the heck I admire.

And today we’re meeting on – we’ve got an economic briefing here with the team. I sent Congress my funding priorities for the appropriation process, including two key public health initiatives that I advocate.

The first is – like the Department of Defense’s DARPA, which was designed to develop and developed breakthroughs to protect us and improve our physical security – I am proposing an endowment of $ 6.5 billion for what we call ” ARPA-H ”, which focuses on health issues.

This is a pioneering breakthrough that we hope we can detect, treat and prevent in diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, and give us a chance to end cancer as we know it, as we will focus exclusively on these elements.

And second, I propose a historic 50 percent funding increase of up to $ 4 billion to end the opioid crisis, which is still ravaging the country and has claimed so many lives over the past two years. last years; resources to both states and tribes for treatment, as well as prevention.

It also includes the largest funding increase ever to Title I schools – schools for underprivileged schools – to lift millions of children from low-income families. And that will put them in a position where all the data is – we – I have talked about this a lot – the data shows that it puts a child of a household that is a low income household in a position, if they start l school – not daycare, but school – at the age of three and four there is overwhelming evidence that they are able to compete through high school and beyond.

And so that also doubles the funding for – for VAWA services, including the resources to end the backlog of rape kits. We’ve been working on this for a long, long time, and we still have a backlog on the rape kit. And – and the point is: a significant number of women who have been raped – and the person has not been found or convicted, is because they are in prison. The average rapist rapes about six times.

And so over there we – we want to make sure we go through that backlog and find out, bring some – some certainty to – for the woman that says, “No, no, that was right.” It’s the man. He did. ”And that changes the whole perspective – all the hearings we’ve had on this.

And here too, it is making major investments in the fight against climate change.

And there are issues that are personal to millions of Americans in the VAWA area, because I understand that, and everyone is talking to us, from mayors and governors, local officials from both parties.

So I look forward to working with Congress to advance these and other priorities. I think we’re going to be able to get – hopefully we’ll have bipartisan support at all levels. I have already discussed with some of my Republican colleagues the infrastructure legislation that we have there, as well as other budget items. So we’ll be working to see if we can get bipartisan support at all levels here.

But that’s what we’re about to do now. We will talk about our economic priorities and we will receive the team’s brief here. But thank you all for coming.

2:56 p.m. EDT



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