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NEWS THIS MORNING

Having to apologize on the House floor must be fun:

 

 

Via The Hill’s Juliegrace Brufke, Rep. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoHere are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year Ocasio-Cortez after Yoho confrontation: 'I won't be so nice next time' Overnight Defense: US, India to share satellite data | Allegations of racism at Virginia Military Institute | Navy IDs 2 killed in Alabama plane crash MORE (R-Fla.) apologized to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far New Consensus co-founder discusses proposal for Biden to use Fed to sidestep Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) on the House floor this morning after accosting her on the Capitol steps on Monday.  

In Yoho’s words: “I rise today to apologize for the abrupt manner of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York. It is true that we disagree on policies and visions for America but that does not mean we should be disrespectful. Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I'm very cognizant of my language.”

Yoho denied using profanity though: “The offensive name-calling, words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleagues, and if they were construed that way, I apologize for the misunderstanding.”

Watch Yoho’s apology:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/2WLjOLY

What happened — That wasn’t the most neighborly thing to do:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis, Yoho confronted Ocasio-Cortez on the Capitol steps on Monday, slamming her on the issues of crime policing. https://bit.ly/2WLiCrG

The exchange: “In a brief but heated exchange, which was overheard by a reporter, Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez she was ‘disgusting’ for recently suggesting that poverty and unemployment are driving a spike in crime in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘You are out of your freaking mind,’ Yoho told her. Ocasio-Cortez shot back, telling Yoho he was being ‘rude.’”

And after they parted ways: Walking with Rep. Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Warren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Yoho apologizes for accosting AOC MORE (R-Texas), Yoho said, “fucking bitch.”

REACTION FROM HOUSE LEADERS — CAN’T WE ALL BE FRIENDS?:

House leaders in both parties called for civility. https://bit.ly/3jyGEQK 

From House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Hoyer on Trump election challenges: 'I think this borders on treason' Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview MORE (D-Md.): "We need to pursue this kind of conduct and make it very clear it is unacceptable. I think it was despicable conduct that needs to be sanctioned." 

And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRichmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight Drastic cuts proposed to Medicare would hurt health care quality MORE (R-Calif.) summoned Yoho to his office: "We think everybody should show respect to one another, and not knowing what took place I'll have a discussion with him to see what happened," McCarthy told reporters.

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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BREAKING

A mask mandate in Washington, DC:

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser just issued a stronger mask requirement in Washington, D.C. amid the coronavirus outbreak. https://wapo.st/2WNrVaF

The gist: People are required to wear a face covering when leaving the house.  

From Bowser, via WTOP: “Basically it says, if you leave home, you should wear a mask. This means, if you’re waiting for a bus, you must have on a mask. If you are ordering food at a restaurant, you must have on a mask. If you’re sitting in a cubicle in an open office, you must have on a mask.” https://bit.ly/30IrFLs

Exceptions

“You are under the age of 3.”

“Vigorously exercising outdoors and not close to anyone else.”

“You are actively eating or drinking.”

“You are in an enclosed office and alone.” 

Read the full ruleshttps://bit.ly/30IrFLs

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE changes his tune:

Via The Hill’s Niall StanagePresident Trump held a coronavirus-focused press briefing yesterday for the first time since April, where he shifted to a more somber tone. https://bit.ly/39hCpE8 

The sober assessment: Trump acknowledged that the coronavirus would “unfortunately get worse before it gets better.” 

And this was a big deal: On Monday, Trump tweeted a picture of himself in a face mask, touting it as “patriotic.” The tweet and photo of Trump in a face maskhttps://bit.ly/3fU1ZBJ

FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM TRUMP’S CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING:

Via The Washington Post’s Amber Phillipshttps://wapo.st/32IZq1D

IN CONGRESS

A spending smorgasbord:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellImmigration, executive action top Biden preview of first 100 days Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight McConnell pushed Trump to nominate Barrett on the night of Ginsburg's death: report MORE (R-Ky.) and his party are trying to keep the next coronavirus relief package at $1 trillion, but it’s already looking like it could exceed $2 trillion. https://bit.ly/2WK0LS5 

McConnell’s plan: “McConnell is trying to get out in front of what he fears could turn into spending smorgasbord by trying to set a firm cap on the size of the package, according to Republican senators who attended a Tuesday briefing by the GOP leader and senior administration officials. “ 

Yeah, but: “He’s drawing fire from conservatives within his ranks.”

WILL THE $600 UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS BE EXTENDED?:

Via The Los Angeles Times’s Don Lee, “Recent negotiations suggest lawmakers on both sides are open to extending only reduced or a more restrictive version of the payment.” What we knowhttps://lat.ms/30EJyL1

A spending smorgasbord of another kind:

Via Politico’s Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan, “Florida Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzFlorida passes 850k coronavirus cases Florida GOP Rep. Mike Waltz tests positive for COVID-19 Gaetz says he has coronavirus antibodies MORE has privately engaged in several spending practices in his nearly four years in office that appear to be in conflict with the House’s ethics rules, a POLITICO investigation has found.” https://politi.co/2WLNpof

How so: “Gaetz, a close ally of President Donald Trump from the Florida Panhandle, improperly sent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to a limited liability company linked to a speech-writing consultant who was ousted from the Trump administration, in direct conflict with House rules.”

Oh and: “In another possible violation, a private company installed a television studio in his father’s home in Niceville, Fla., which Gaetz uses when he appears on television. Taxpayers foot the bill to rent the television camera, and the private company that built the studio — which Gaetz refuses to identify — takes a fee each time he appears on air, his office said. It’s unclear how much it cost the private company to construct the studio.”  

Details and why this could be a violationhttps://politi.co/2WLNpof

 

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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 3,903,684 

U.S. death toll: 142,095

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

For context: Two months ago today, 1,577,758 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 94,729 had died. https://bit.ly/36HF4pF

 

HOW TESTING DELAYS ARE HAMPERING THE COVID-19 RESPONSE:

https://bit.ly/30Bo1CT

If the federal government wants to give you nearly $2 billion, you must be doing something right:

Via CNBC’s Will Feuer, “The U.S. will pay Pfizer and biotech firm BioNTech $1.95 billion to produce and deliver 100 million doses of their Covid-19 vaccine if it proves safe and effective, the companies announced Wednesday.” https://cnb.cx/3htCB6q

For context: “It was the largest such deal between the government and companies racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine.”

NOTABLE TWEETS:

I laughed WAY harder than I should have:

 

 

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ON TAP:

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

12:10 p.m. EDT: Three roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/3huFpjD

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump swears in Russell Vought as director of the Office of Management and Budget.  

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence have lunch together. 

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing. 

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room. 

3 – 5 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/32IzNOt

4:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemMembers of law enforcement sue to halt marijuana legalization in South Dakota Thanksgiving gatherings could inflame COVID-19 crisis More GOP governors embrace mask mandates, but holdouts remain MORE (R). 

Invite for Thursday, July 23: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, "Diabetes and the COVID Threat.” Featured speakers: Reps. Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteBipartisan lawmakers call for expedited diabetes research The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Dems push McConnell on COVID-19 relief; Grassley contracts COVID-19 Overnight Health Care: Schumer, Pelosi want Heroes Act as 'starting point' in new COVID-19 relief talks | Labs warn of possible delays in test results amid surge in demand | Federal government partners with pharmacies for coronavirus vaccine distribution MORE (D-Colo.) and Tom ReedTom ReedDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Bipartisan lawmakers call for expedited diabetes research The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Dems push McConnell on COVID-19 relief; Grassley contracts COVID-19 MORE (R-N.Y.), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Diabetes. Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/2DMi7XK

WHAT TO WATCH: 

2:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the integrity of college sports. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3eKBQUE

3:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks on “Operation Legend: Combatting Violent Crime in American Cities.” Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3fRoMOp

Just announced — 5:30 p.m. EDTPresident Trump holds a news conference.

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Hot Dog Day!

A day in the life for an NBC reporter with three kids:

On NBC’s “Today,” Stephanie Ruhle gives a glimpse into what her days look like working and reporting from home with her children. Watchhttps://bit.ly/3fVPNQY

And because you made it this far, here’s a dog who actually likes vacuums. I never thought I’d see it: https://bit.ly/2CvIeSK