AP fact check: Biden’s claims in his State of the Union address


The Associated Press fact-checks President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address as he grapples with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a stalled national agenda and the pandemic persistence of COVID-19.

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Some of the applications reviewed:

COVID-19[feminine

BIDEN: “Les cas graves sont tombés à un niveau jamais vu depuis juillet de l’année dernière.”

LES FAITS: Biden a exagéré l’amélioration, omettant une statistique qui reste un marqueur inquiétant du bilan de COVID-19.

Alors que les hospitalisations sont effectivement en baisse par rapport à l’été dernier, les décès restent élevés. Le tracker COVID des Centers for Disease Control and Prevention montre 289 décès le 1er juillet 2021. Lundi dernier, le tracker CDC a signalé 1 985 décès.

Economy

BIDEN“The pandemic has also disrupted the global supply chain… Look at the cars last year. A third of all inflation was due to automobile sales. There weren’t enough semiconductors to make all the cars people wanted to buy. And guess what? Automobile prices have skyrocketed… So we have a choice. One way to fight inflation is to drive down wages and make Americans poorer. I think I have a better idea for fighting inflation. Reduce your costs, not your wages. People, that means making more cars and semiconductors in America. More infrastructure and innovation in America. More goods moving faster and cheaper in America… Instead of relying on foreign supply chains, let’s do it in America.

FACTS: It is dubious to suggest that more domestic manufacturing means less inflation.

Manufactured goods made overseas, especially in countries like China or Mexico where wages are lower, are generally less expensive than goods made in the United States.

Biden is also overemphasizing supply chain disruptions from abroad as a factor in the worst inflation in four decades. While these issues have indeed been a major factor in driving up costs, inflation is increasingly showing up in other areas, such as rent and restaurant meals, which reflect the rapidly growing economy. and wages over the past year and not a global supply bottleneck. These trends should continue to push prices higher even as supply chains recover.

Electric vehicles

BIDEN, promoting his $1 trillion infrastructure bill: “We’re done talking about infrastructure weeks. We are now talking about a decade of infrastructure. … We will build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations.

FACTS: Not so fast.

Bipartisan legislation approved by Congress ended up providing only half of the $15 billion Biden had envisioned to fulfill a campaign promise of 500,000 charging stations by 2030.

Biden’s Build Back Better proposal aimed to fill the void by adding billions to pay for charging stations. But Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., in December declared that bill dead in its current form due to cost.

Administration officials now say the infrastructure law will help “pave the way” for up to 500,000 charging points by 2030. That’s different from charging stations, which could have multiple charging points. sale. They say private investment could help fill the void. There are currently over 100,000 electric vehicle outlets in the United States

The Department of Transportation’s plan calls for states to build a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations that would place new or upgraded ones every 50 miles along interstate highways. The $5 billion in federal money over five years relies on the cooperation of sprawling rural communities in the United States, which are less likely to own electric vehicles due to their generally higher price.

States are expected to begin construction as early as the fall.

Pistols

BIDENcalling on Congress to pass measures it says would reduce gun violence: “Repeal the liability shield that makes gun manufacturers the only industry in America that cannot be sued, the only one.

FACTS: It’s wrong. Although firearms manufacturers have legal protections against liability for injuries caused by the misuse of their weapons through the Protection of Lawful Arms Trade Act 2005, they are not exempt or protected. shelter from being prosecuted. The law includes six exceptions where manufacturers or dealers can be held liable for damage caused by their weapons, including defects or damage in the design of the weapon, negligence, or breach of contract or warranty regarding the purchase of a weapon.

Families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, sued gun maker Remington, alleging ‘unlawful dealing’ in firearms, and agreed to a settlement last month of $73 million.

Infrastructure law

BIDEN on the infrastructure bill: “The biggest investment in history was a bipartisan effort.”

FACTS: No, it wasn’t that historic.

Biden’s infrastructure bill was large, adding $550 billion in new spending for roads, bridges and high-speed internet over five years. But measured as a proportion of the U.S. economy, it’s slightly less than the 1.36% of the country’s gross domestic product that was spent on infrastructure, on average, during the first four years of the New Deal, according to an analysis by the Brookings Institution. . It is even lower than the roughly 2% spent on infrastructure in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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BIDEN, promoting his $1 trillion infrastructure bill: “We’re done talking about infrastructure weeks. We are now talking about a decade of infrastructure. … We will build a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations.

FACTS: Not so fast.

Bipartisan legislation approved by Congress ended up providing only half of the $15 billion Biden had envisioned to fulfill a campaign promise of 500,000 charging stations by 2030.

Biden’s Build Back Better proposal aimed to fill the void by adding billions to pay for charging stations. But Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., in December declared that bill dead in its current form due to cost.

Administration officials now say the infrastructure law will help “pave the way” for up to 500,000 charging points by 2030. That’s different from charging stations, which could have multiple charging points. sale. They say private investment could help fill the void. There are currently over 100,000 electric vehicle outlets in the United States

The Department of Transportation’s plan calls for states to build a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations that would place new or upgraded ones every 50 miles along interstate highways. The $5 billion in federal money over five years relies on the cooperation of sprawling rural communities in the United States, which are less likely to own electric vehicles due to their generally higher price.

States are expected to begin construction as early as the fall.

Republican response

GOVERNMENT OF IOWA. KIM REYNOLDScriticizing the Biden administration’s handling of immigration and bragging about Republican governors’ attention to the issue: ‘We actually went to the border – something our president and vice president didn’t yet done since taking office.

FACTS: Not true. Vice President Kamala Harris visited the border last year. Biden is not gone yet.

Harris visited a Customs and Border Protection processing center in El Paso, Texas, and met migrant children there. She also stopped at a reception center at the border and had a chat with local community organizations.

The half-day trip in June came after months of criticism from Republicans and some members of his own party over his and Biden’s absence from the border at a time when immigration officials have recorded a record number of encounters with migrants attempting to cross into the United States.

Associated Press writers Christopher Rugaber, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Amanda Seitz, Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward in Washington, David Klepper in Providence, Rhode Island, John Seewer in Toledo, Ohio and Karena Phan in New York contributed to this report.


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