Biden administration struggles with cascading crises and controversies, from border to supply chain and more

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Crisis is happening in the eyes of many Biden administration agencies

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Top leaders in the Biden administration are struggling to deal with widespread crises from the southern frontier, from labor shortages to supply chain disruptions, and critics are alleging that there is a leadership vacuum among top cabinet secretaries.

“Most of the members of the Cabinet are anonymous people who are not well known to the American people and are not capable or clearly interested in going ahead and defending what the Administration is doing and that they have in their particular departments. What is it,” Granthshala News contributor Karl Rowe said Friday on “America Reports.”

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The issues the administration is struggling to deal with are many subjects and many departments.

There are major supply chain disruptions that are contributing to the increased prices and the White House says there could be shortages around Christmas. President Biden talked about the issue this week, but Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg went on parental leave for almost two months without disclosing it. politician Reported on Thursday.

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The Department of Transportation did not respond to a request for comment on who was taking charge of the department with Buttigieg on leave.

The southern border is seeing a plethora of migrant crossings, many of which are eventually being abandoned in the interior of the country, with future court dates and little supervision in the meantime. But little progress has been made in stemming the tide, which Homeland Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas and Vice President Harris have been accused of for addressing.

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The Department of Homeland Security says it plans to reinstate a Trump-era “remain-in-Mexico” policy for asylum seekers, but only after a federal judge ordered it to do so. But DHS did not respond to a request from Granthshala News on Friday, asking about criticism that the constant stream of migrants is harming border communities. Harris’ office also did not respond to a request for comment on the subject of immigration on Friday.

US employers are still having trouble finding workers to fill their open jobs, a problem Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said he is finding it difficult to find a solution to in a recent interview with Axios. He attributed the coronavirus pandemic and people looking for a career change, which could lead to a better work-life balance, as contributing factors. But the Labor Department did not respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News on Friday, asking what concrete action the department plans to take to address the problem of blaming Republicans on the Biden administration’s policies.

Gas prices are also rising, something that Republicans are also accusing On the Biden administration on its energy policies. There are other contributing factors, including hurricanes and increased demand. And the Biden administration recently reached out to the oil industry to help cut gas prices, according to Politics

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But the Energy Department did not respond to a request from Granthshala News to ask about any concrete actions Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is taking to lower gas prices ahead of the holiday season.

Attorney General Merrick Garland reacted to what Republicans alleged was a poorly crafted and overly broad memo asking the FBI to look into alleged threats against school board members from troubled parents. was said. Republicans accused it of silencing free speech, while the DOJ defended the memo as applying only to actual violence and criminal threats.

The Justice Department on Friday did not respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News on whether it agreed with a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) that said some parental activity was “a form of domestic terrorism and hatred.” may be equal to the crime.” The request also asked whether the Justice Department had consulted with the NSBA when writing the controversial memo, or whether it had reached out to other stakeholders. Garland could face these questions when he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee next week.

The source of much of the outrage at controversial school board meetings has been the mask and vaccine mandate. Conservative parents, and even some teacher unions, have pushed against the vaccine mandate. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has promoted vaccinations for teachers, students and others, and has pushed back against red states that are banning mask mandates. But he has largely avoided addressing controversies that take place in school board meetings.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, meanwhile, are likely to be under months of intense scrutiny over the deadly US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Both have already appeared at a congressional hearing investigating the case, and Blinken specifically said that he did not believe that living in the country now would have made a difference in the situation.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a lawsuit Thursday, September 9, 2021, at the Justice Department in Washington to block enforcement of a new Texas law that bans most abortions.  Garland will testify before Congress in the coming days and is likely to be asked about a memo he sent to the FBI to look into alleged threats against school boards.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

But he and Austin have drawn significant criticism for the fact that the US embassy was abandoned as the Afghan government fell and the Taliban took over the country. “Nothing like this has ever been done before, and no other military in the world can pull this off,” Austin said of the disengagement of many Americans from the country during his hearing.

The evacuation of Americans from Afghanistan continues, according to the State Department, which said on Friday that at least 129 Americans and another 115 permanent residents had been evacuated from the country with its aid since August 31.

“We continue to honor our pledge to American citizens, the LPR and the Afghans to whom we have a special commitment. We will work tirelessly to help them leave Afghanistan,” a State Department spokesperson told Granthshala News. Friday. “We continue to pull all the information we have, and look at any cases we have raised, US citizens still seeking to leave the country. The numbers fluctuate as people are about to leave. change their mind in the U.S., or as some US citizens choose to return, because there are many family members in Afghanistan, they don’t want to back down, and we’ve seen that.”

A State Department spokesman said that “due to the uncertain security environment and political situation in Afghanistan, it was a prudent move to suspend operations at the embassy. We are engaged on Afghanistan’s issues through our team based in Doha, Qatar.”

The Defense Department did not respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News on how it expects an upcoming congressional investigation into Afghanistan’s withdrawal.

And Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen continues to pursue a policy that would force banks to turn over information on the total inflows and outflows of nearly all Americans’ bank accounts to the IRS to identify what the wealthy identify as tax fraud. can do. Critics say it amounts to a breach of privacy and will burden small banks and credit unions.

The Treasury Department did not respond to Granthshala News Friday’s questions about why the proposed policy is so broad — it would affect every bank account that has a balance of $600 or $600 of total activity during a year — if it were to catch on. It’s rich tax fraud.

It is unclear whether the proposed policy will turn it into law amid Democrats in Congress negotiating a reconciliation bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says it will happen in one form or another.

The White House did not specifically approve an interview request by Granthshala News’ “America Reports” Friday to interview any Cabinet secretary on issues rising for the administration.

Granthshala News’ Adam Shaw and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.


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