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U.S. to retain 125,000 cap on refugee admissions for fiscal year 2023
Politics

U.S. to retain 125,000 cap on refugee admissions for fiscal year 2023

The Biden administration plans to retain its goal of receiving up to 125,000 refugees in fiscal year 2023, in hopes of accomplishing a lofty objective it fell far short of reaching in 2022, according to government statistics reviewed by CBS News.Starting in October, the proposed refugee cap, which still needs to be formally approved by President Biden, will guide U.S. admissions of the most vulnerable refugees displaced by war and violence across the world. The refugee cap is a target and does not require the U.S. to resettle a specific number of refugees. In fact, the Biden administration has fallen far short of meeting its refugee admissions goals over the past two years, largely because of the decimation of the resettlement system under former President Donald Trump, who portray...
Biden administration cancels Alaska oil and gas lease sale
Politics

Biden administration cancels Alaska oil and gas lease sale

The Biden administration has canceled one of the most high-profile oil and gas lease opportunities pending before the Interior Department. The decision, which halts the potential to drill for oil in over 1 million acres in the Cook Inlet in Alaska, comes at a challenging political moment, when gas prices are hitting painful new highs.In a statement shared first with CBS News, the Department of the Interior cited a "lack of industry interest in leasing in the area" for the decision to "not move forward" with the Cook Inlet lease sale. The department also halted two leases under consideration for the Gulf of Mexico region because of "conflicting court rulings that impacted work on these proposed lease sales."The Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has previously c...