US President Joe Biden will apparently allow new leasing of federal lands for oil and natural-gas exploration, though with new restrictions and higher fees on producers, rather than fulfill a campaign promise to halt drilling.
The US Department of Interior is creating a new task force to identify federal lands that contain slurs or derogatory terms and rename them, mirroring changes already made by sports franchises and private businesses in recent years.
A group of 19 Senate Republicans and 13 House Republicans helped Democrats and President Joe Biden pass their $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that includes no federal funding for infrastructure, such as a border wall, to reduce illegal immigration to the United States.
A top Republican senator is demanding answers from the Biden administration about the White House’s decision to send a large number of administration officials to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland at taxpayers’ expense.
Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the pro-small business group Job Creators Network, slammed the 19 Republican U.S. Senators who supported the Democrat-backed infrastructure bill as suffering from “Republican Stockholm Syndrome” and said the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill “is just table ante for Democrats’ $3.5 trillion socialist bill that will quickly follow.”