President Joe Biden in yet another massive blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to ban Russian oil as soon as today.
The move comes as Putin’s illegal war and alleged war crimes against the sovereign nation of Ukraine is going exceptionally poorly amid almost universal worldwide condemnation of the authoritarian Russian Federation leader and former KGB agent.
Biden’s ban will be “without the participation” of America’s European allies, Bloomberg News reports. “The ban will include Russian oil, liquefied natural gas and coal, according to two people, who spoke on condition of anonymity.”
The House has been working on a bill to ban Russian oil as well. The ban could increase the price of gas at the pump, which hit an all-time high Monday, causing conservatives to use the news to attack the Biden administration.
Overall, the President has little to no control over the price of gas, but the oil companies do, as U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) noted on Monday:
Here’s a fact you won’t hear on Fox News today. Exxon, Chevron, and Conoco made $46 billion in profit in 2021. Now they’re using 40% of those profits for stock buybacks. Big Oil is raking it in, raising prices, and taking advantage of the war in Ukraine to push for more drilling.
— Ed Markey (@EdMarkey) March 7, 2022
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Biden Declares ‘Transgender Rights Are Human Rights,’ Becomes First President to Mark Transgender Day of Visibility
President Joe Biden on Wednesday honored America’s transgender community by declaring “Transgender rights are human rights,” and became the first U.S. President to mark Transgender Day of Visibility with a proclamation.
“Transgender rights are human rights — and I’m calling on every American to join me in uplifting the worth and dignity of transgender Americans,” Biden said on Twitter. “Together, we can stamp out discrimination and deliver on our nation’s promise of freedom and equality for all.”
The Washington Blade was first to report on Biden’s proclamation, which has yet to be officially published. According to the Blade an advance copy says:
Today, we honor and celebrate the achievements and
resiliency of transgender individuals and communities.
Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of
struggle, activism, and courage that have brought our country
closer to full equality for transgender and gender non-binary
people in the United States and around the world. Their
trailblazing work has given countless transgender individuals
the bravery to live openly and authentically. This hard-fought
progress is also shaping an increasingly accepting world in
which peers at school, teammates and coaches on the playing
field, colleagues at work, and allies in every corner of society
are standing in support and solidarity with the transgender
“Transgender Americans of all ages,” Biden adds, “face high rates of violence, harassment, and discrimination. Nearly one in three transgender Americans have experienced homelessness at some point in life. Transgender Americans continue to face discrimination in employment, housing, health care, and public accommodations. The crisis of violence against transgender women, especially transgender women of color, is a stain on our Nation’s conscience.”
In addition to the violence and discrimination transgender people face, as HRC reports at least 82 anti-transgender bills have already been filed in state legislatures across the country, more than last year’s record of 79.
Last month President Biden also tweeted:
Transgender rights are human rights — and the House made that clear today by passing the Equality Act.
Now it’s time for the Senate to do the same.
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 26, 2021
Just five days after taking office he reversed President Donald Trump’s devastating ban on transgender service members:
Today, I repealed the discriminatory ban on transgender people serving in the military. It’s simple: America is safer when everyone qualified to serve can do so openly and with pride.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 25, 2021
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