June 17, 2022

Post Politics Now: Biden says recession ‘not inevitable,’ acknowledges Americans are ‘really down’

Today, President Biden will head to the beach after having announced a series of climate-related initiatives, including steps to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, as part of a virtual forum with other nations. On Thursday, he made headlines on the economy in a rare sit-down interview with the Associated Press, insisting that a recession is “not inevitable” but acknowledging that Americans are “really down” after coping with the far-reaching consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and a long stretch of economic uncertainty punctuated by inflation and high gas prices.

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On Capitol Hill, the highlight of the week was another high-profile hearing by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. The Senate’s week was more notable for what was left unaccomplished than what was: Senators left Washington without finalizing a deal on guns and with a coronavirus funding package in severe peril.

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  • 8:30 a.m. Eastern: Biden hosts the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate from the White House. Watch live here.
  • 11 a.m. Eastern: Biden departs the White House en route to Rehoboth Beach, Del.

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