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Biden says he will ‘insist on nothing less than readiness’ during hurricane season

President Biden speaks at a briefing on the Atlantic Ocean hurricane outlook and preparedness efforts in Washington on Monday. (Oliver Contreras/Pool/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

President Biden said he would “insist on nothing less than readiness” as he visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday ahead of the official June 1 start of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season. Before the visit, Biden announced that he was doubling the money the U.S. government will spend to help communities prepare for extreme weather events.

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Vice President Harris held a listening session at the White House campus on the digital divide as the Biden administration continues to press its case for a major infrastructure bill. Negotiations with Senate Republicans reached an impasse last week.

Here’s what to know:

  • National Guard personnel will fully depart the U.S. Capitol grounds this week, bringing an end to the security mission that began when troops were dispatched to help quell the attack by supporters of President Donald Trump on Jan. 6.
  • Biden condemned as “despicable” recent attacks on Jews in the United States — actions linked to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
  • Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, is suing the U.S. government for $1.8 million to compensate for legal fees incurred during the 2019 House impeachment probe.
  • The Biden administration is moving to make a pandemic experiment permanent by allowing more federal employees than ever to work from home.