White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC's John Kirby hold a briefing — 1/10/24

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC's John Kirby hold a briefing — 1/10/24

President Biden's Announcement

  • President Biden announced that a record-breaking 20 million Americans have enrolled in healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
  • This milestone highlights the administration's efforts to lower costs for families and expand access to affordable healthcare.
  • The administration has implemented measures like capping the cost of insulin for seniors and allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices.

Actions to Address Violence

  • The Department of Justice (DOJ) is issuing a new guide to ensure accountability for specialized crime units involved in incidents like the murder of Tyrie Nichols.
  • The guide builds on previous actions by the administration to advance effective and accountable policing, including banning chokeholds and establishing a database for police misconduct.
  • President Biden is urging Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to further address accountability and transparency in law enforcement.

Update on Red Sea Attack

  • Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched an attack on US vessels in the Red Sea, involving drones and missiles.
  • Due to the exceptional work of naval personnel, there were no injuries or damage reported.
  • The US is working with a coalition of over 20 countries to counter these attacks and protect international commerce through Operation Prosperity Guardian.

Impact on US-Israel Relations

  • President Biden has not spoken to Prime Minister Netanyahu since December 23rd, but the quality of their relationship remains strong.
  • The US is focused on protecting the safe and secure passage of international commerce in the Red Sea and will coordinate with allies and partners on appropriate next steps.

Hunter Biden's Congressional Appearance

  • Hunter Biden's appearance on Capitol Hill is being regarded as a private citizen exercising his own decisions.
  • The White House was not informed in advance about his appearance.
  • The White House cannot comment on private conversations between the president and his family.

Security Situation in Latin America

  • The administration is monitoring the security situation in Ecuador closely and is open to discussing ways to support the country's security and stability.
  • The impact of the crisis in Ecuador on migration to the US southern border is uncertain and will be closely monitored.

Concerns about Election Integrity and Violence in the US

  • The administration condemns violence directed towards election workers and any attempts to undermine the democratic process.
  • The Department of Justice has established an election threats task force to investigate and prosecute those who target election workers.
  • The administration will use every tool at its disposal to protect the right to vote and defend democracy.

Sources:

  • Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre - January 12, 2023.

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