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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate unveils police reform bill as House works on its own bill

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Sen. Scott, Senate GOP unveil police reform bill |  McConnell schedules vote for next week |   Trump' ‘roadmap’ to preventing veteran suicides |  Aunt Jemima rebrands over ‘racial stereotype’ |  Facebook allows users to block political ads |  Trump takes huge gamble in Saturday’s rally |  National Cherry Tart Day

 

IN THE SENATE

Republicans will raise you a Senate bill:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE (R-Ky.) scheduled a vote for next week on the Republican police reform bill. https://bit.ly/2Bdj7mH

What needs to happen: “The decision will set up an initial procedural vote on the GOP police reform bill next week, where Republicans will need to get 60 votes to overcome the hurdle and start a debate on the legislation … To get over the procedural hurdle, McConnell will need support from at least seven Democratic or independent senators.”

 

THIS A.M. — LET’S SEE IT:

Led by Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDemocrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Pfizer unveils detailed analysis of COVID-19 vaccine & next steps GOP senators congratulate Harris on Senate floor MORE (R-S.C.), Senate Republicans unveiled their police reform bill this morning.  

Read the 106-page billhttps://n.pr/3ebSfC2

What Republicans want you to know about the bill: Here’s the one-pager handed out to reporters at the press conference: https://bit.ly/2YaiJ1i

How chokeholds are defined in the billhttps://bit.ly/3ebxI0s 

Can Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) see with that mask?: Here’s a photo of Senate Republicans unveiling the bill:  https://bit.ly/2N8bH6E

Scott is wearing a mask that reads, “God Bless”: Photo: https://bit.ly/37F310Z

The socially distanced reportershttps://bit.ly/37zWtku

 

AN IMPORTANT REACTION:

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms Trump supporters could hand Senate control to Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.) slammed the Republican bill for falling short. https://bit.ly/3hEeH99 

In Schumer’s words: “We’ve only had the bill for a few hours and are reviewing it, but what’s clear is that the Senate Republican proposal on policing does not rise to the moment.”

LIVESTREAM OF THIS MORNING’S ANNOUNCEMENT:

https://bit.ly/3d59cg4

HOW REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ARE COLLIDING OVER POLICE REFORM:

https://bit.ly/2Y8O3x8

It’s Wednesday. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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IN THE HOUSE

Let’s mark this thing up!:

The House Judiciary Committee is holding a markup of House Democrats’ police reform bill.

LIVESTREAM OF THE COMMITTEE HEARING:

https://bit.ly/3hDSd8c

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE


*Gulp*:

Via The Hill’s Niall StanagePresident TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE is holding a massive campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, making a high-risk decision at a time when coronavirus infections are rising. https://bit.ly/3eduB8b

Why it’s so risky politically: “Any upsurge in cases that could be linked to the event, set to take place at a 19,200-capacity indoor arena, would be a political nightmare for a president facing a tough reelection battle.”

Keep in mind: “Trump has already come under criticism for his initial response to the crisis. And roughly 20 states are seeing their COVID-19 caseloads increase, including three election battlegrounds: Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.”

What Trump is hoping: “Trump is gambling that nothing will go wrong and that his rally will be taken as a sign the nation is on the path back to normalcy.”

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/3eduB8b

Happening at 2 p.m.:

President Trump will unveil a “roadmap” to prevent veteran suicides in the U.S. https://bit.ly/3fBlqyS

What to know about the plan: “The roadmap calls for 10 recommendations, including a national public health messaging campaign around suicide, changes to how research on veteran suicide is conducted and suicide prevention training across professions, according to senior administration officials.”  

When the plan itself will be released: It is expected to be released later today. 

What to expect, via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfanthttps://bit.ly/3fBlqyS

 

WHERE THINGS STAND WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 2,141,276

Deaths in the U.S.: 117,030

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y 

For context: This time last week, 1,980,965 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 112,052 had died.

 

TEXAS HITS A NEW HIGH FOR COVID-19 CASES AND HOSPITALIZATIONS:

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley in Austin, Texas: https://bit.ly/2AJJwZk

A NEW BATTLE EMERGES OVER COVID-19 TESTS:

https://bit.ly/3e9oGAY

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

Facebook can stop feeling like a swing state’s commercial break if you want:

Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergAttorneys general plan to sue Facebook over antitrust violations next week: report Facebook-backed cryptocurrency Libra changes names Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff MORE announced this morning that users will have the option to block political ads. https://bit.ly/3hCokVL

Zuckerberg wrote in a USA Today op-ed: “For those of you who’ve already made up your minds and just want the election to be over, we hear you — so we’re also introducing the ability to turn off seeing political ads. We’ll still remind you to vote.”

Read the full Zuckerberg op-edhttps://bit.ly/3fxqV1

Aunt Jemima is rebranding: 

Quaker Oats announced this morning that its Aunt Jemima brand of pancake mix and syrup will rebrand with a new name and image. https://nbcnews.to/3daeMxN

Why: The company says it understands that "Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype."

By the way…: 

Hyperlink: https://bit.ly/2Ycb42y

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:


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This video has 1.5 million views already.

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ON TAP:

The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

11:45 a.m. EDT: Two roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedulehttps://bit.ly/2YaS4RQ

1:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Pressure builds as UK approves COVID-19 vaccine The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Barr splits with Trump on election; pardon controversy SpaceX capsule arrives at International Space Station MORE lead a call to the International Space Station.

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room.

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Justice in Policing Act. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2N5lN8r

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump announces the PREVENTS Task Force Roadmap in the Rose Garden. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2N822NG

IN LIGHTER NEWS...:

Today is National Apple Strudel Day. It’s also National Cherry Tart Day.

And because this made me laugh, find out why this man is reluctantly walking into the pond: https://bit.ly/2N6wV50