White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC's John Kirby hold a briefing — 1/29/24

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC's John Kirby hold a briefing — 1/29/24

The White House has been working to secure the border and is calling on Speaker Johnson to provide the authorities and resources needed for border security. The Trump Administration and Speaker Johnson have previously advocated for new resources and legal authorities to secure the border.

President Biden and a bipartisan group of senators have been working on a border security bill that would provide the necessary resources, including new border patrol agents, immigration judges, asylum officers, and inspection machines. The bill would also give the president emergency authority to secure the border when overwhelmed.

The White House has formed the AI Council to advance AI safety and security, protect privacy, advance equity and civil rights, and promote innovation and American leadership in AI.

President Biden has announced new actions to advance pay equity for the federal workforce and employees of federal contractors, which will help close gender and racial wage gaps.

The briefing also includes updates on the recent attack on American troops in Jordan and the ongoing negotiations regarding the release of hostages in the Middle East.

The White House is not providing detailed answers about potential military strikes or possible responses to the recent attack, stating that the President is weighing his options and will respond appropriately.

There is ongoing negotiation on a bipartisan border security bill in the Senate, with details yet to be finalized. The White House supports the negotiation process and believes that a bipartisan agreement is the best way forward to address the challenges at the border.

The President is scheduled to travel to Florida for political travel, but the White House did not provide specific details on his schedule or any potential meetings with the families of the fallen service members.

The White House does not have additional information on the recent developments regarding the Chinese real estate company Evergrande and its potential impact on the Chinese and global economies.

The Department of Energy has finalized energy savings standards for various appliances, which are expected to save Americans approximately $1.6 billion on their utility bills over 30 years.

The White House emphasizes its commitment to using every tool at its disposal to lower costs for Americans and protect the environment.

The White House does not have specific details on potential sanctions or actions regarding Venezuela but emphasizes the importance of the Maduro regime honoring its commitments to allow opposition parties and candidates to run freely and release political prisoners.

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