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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden reportedly planning first major tax hike | Surge of unaccompanied minors arriving at the border | 4,200 children held by Border Patrol | Desperation grows | McCarthy visits border | Dems debate next legislative priority | Fauci says Trump should urge supporters to get COVID-19 vaccine | Fauci predictions for the summer | Modified Cherry Blossom Festival



The US border has been very active: 

Via CBS’s Camilo Montoya-Galvez, “As of Sunday morning, U.S. Border Patrol was holding more than 4,200 unaccompanied migrant children in short-term holding facilities, including jail-like stations unfit to house minors, according to government records reviewed by CBS News.” https://cbsn.ws/3lgyzBn 

Including 3,000 children held past the legal limit: “Nearly 3,000 of the unaccompanied children in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody had been held longer than 72 hours. CBP is legally obligated to transfer most unaccompanied minors to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the agency which oversees shelters licensed to house children, within three days of taking them into custody.”

The full storyhttps://cbsn.ws/3lgyzBn

Meanwhile in Mexico:

Via The New York Times’s Maria Abi-Habib, “The migrants’ hopes have been drummed up by human smugglers who promise that President BidenJoe BidenBiden's quiet diplomacy under pressure as Israel-Hamas fighting intensifies Overnight Defense: Administration approves 5M arms sale to Israel | Biden backs ceasefire in call with Netanyahu | Military sexual assault reform push reaches turning point CDC mask update sparks confusion, opposition MORE’s administration will welcome them. Instead, the United States is expelling them back to Mexico, where they wait along with tens of thousands of others hoping to cross. The pressure, and desperation, is quickly building among families stuck in Mexico, as shelters and officials struggle to help them.” https://nyti.ms/3qO7ZAA

The full story, with photos from Daniel Berehulakhttps://nyti.ms/3qO7ZAA

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We may be going for a hike. A tax hike, that is:

Via Bloomberg’s Nancy Cook and Laura Davison, “President Joe Biden is planning the first major federal tax hike since 1993 to help pay for the long-term economic program designed as a follow-up to his pandemic-relief bill, according to people familiar with the matter.” https://bloom.bg/3vps2Ja

What we know: “Unlike the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus act, the next initiative, which is expected to be even bigger, won’t rely just on government debt as a funding source. While it’s been increasingly clear that tax hikes will be a component — Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenEconomist Richard Wolff says higher wages needed to spur faster job growth GOP governors move to cut unemployment benefits as debate rages over effects Judge rejects GOP effort to block tax provision in Biden stimulus bill MORE has said at least part of the next bill will have to be paid for, and pointed to higher rates.” 

What could be increasing: “both the corporate tax rate and the individual rate for high earners.”


Via The New York Times’s Jonathan Martinhttps://nyti.ms/3rVFmTG


President Biden has hired Gene Sperling, a longtime economic adviser to Democratic presidential administrations, to oversee the implementation of the $1.9 coronavirus relief package. https://bit.ly/2OQEXDc 



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What’s the sitch this week?:

With the massive coronavirus relief package under their belt, Democrats are debating what legislative priority to tackle next. https://bit.ly/30J9ZPZ

Keep in mind — Democrats can only use the loophole one more time this year: “Democrats will only be able to use two reconciliation bills this year, which can avoid the 60-vote filibuster in the Senate. They’ve already used one for the coronavirus bill, and House Democrats are at odds over what the scope of the second should be.” 

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenators shed masks after CDC lifts mandate Pro-tax millionaires protesting in front of Bezos's homes Student debt cancellation advocates encouraged by Biden, others remain skeptical MORE’s (D-N.Y.) priority: passing President Biden’s nominees.


Immigration: “The House will vote on the Dream and Promise Act, which would offer a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children who meet certain conditions … The House will also vote on a separate bill that allows agricultural workers to get a temporary status as a Certified Agricultural Workers and establish a path to a green card for long-term agricultural workers.” 

VAWA: “The House is slated to take up the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which is expected to pass with some bipartisan support, on Monday evening.”

Syria: “The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will get a closed-door briefing Monday on Biden’s recent strike in Syria, after lawmakers grumbled about the need for better congressional notification.” 

Nominations: The Senate will vote on Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandHaaland makes endorsement in race for her old House seat Senate panel advances Biden's deputy Interior pick Interior secretary approves new Cherokee constitution providing citizenship rights for freedmen MORE’s (D-N.M.) nomination to be secretary of the Interior. “In addition, Schumer has teed up Isabella Guzman’s nomination to lead the Small Business Administration and Katherine TaiKatherine TaiEU suspends tariff hike on US goods in talks over Trump steel levies How North American trade can restore balance with China Matt Stoller: Biden's support for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver marks 'huge loss' for Big Pharma MORE’s nomination to be the U.S. trade representative.” 

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufkehttps://bit.ly/30J9ZPZ


“The House is in for a week before leaving for a committee and district work period until mid-April, the Senate has another two weeks before the April recess.” https://bit.ly/30J9ZPZ


Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcoshttps://bit.ly/2OWUS2H



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Getting vaccinated is a very patriotic thing to do!:

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Supreme Court takes case that could diminish Roe v. Wade | White House to send US-authorized vaccines overseas for first time The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Israel-Hamas carnage worsens; Dems face SALT dilemma Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, urged former President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE to tell his supporters to get vaccinated. https://bit.ly/38F8yGG

In Fauci’s words: “I’m very surprised by the number of Republicans who say they won’t get vaccinated. ... I think it would make all the difference in the world," Fauci said if Trump were to urge his supporters to get vaccinated. "He’s a widely popular person among Republicans."

Watch Fauci’s full interview with Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceCheney: I can't ignore Trump because he 'continues to be a real danger' CDC director denies political pressure affected new mask guidelines Sunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' MORE — including predictions for the summerhttps://fxn.ws/3s2j96t


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 29,439,390

U.S. death toll: 534,890

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 107 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.39 million doses

For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million. 

Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH 



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In The Wall Street Journal this morning:



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Read Kushner’s full op-ed in the Wall Street Journalhttps://on.wsj.com/3ljp1Fx


The Senate is in. The House is out. President Biden is in Washington, D.C., and Vice President Harris is in Nevada today.

Today: Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffBiden, Harris release 2020 tax returns The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - What the CDC's updated mask guidance means The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE travel to Las Vegas. Harris will visit a vaccination clinic and the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. 

9:50 a.m. EST: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.  

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate holds a confirmation vote on Rep. Deb Haaland’s (D-N.M.) nomination as secretary of the Interior. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/30MwVhw

Later today: President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff travel to Los Angeles and stay there for the night.


11 a.m. EST: The White House COVID-19 response team held a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3lguFbA

12:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden's quiet diplomacy under pressure as Israel-Hamas fighting intensifies Overnight Defense: Administration approves 5M arms sale to Israel | Biden backs ceasefire in call with Netanyahu | Military sexual assault reform push reaches turning point CDC mask update sparks confusion, opposition MORE holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3qO3KoL

1 p.m. EST: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTrump signals he's ready to get back in the game Manchin, Murkowski call for bipartisan Voting Rights Act reauthorization 8 in 10 Republicans who've heard of Cheney's removal agree with it: poll MORE (R-Calif.) visits the U.S.-Mexico border. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3bNOq7d 

1:45 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers remarks on the American Rescue Plan. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2OXOh89


Today is National Peanut Lovers’ Day.

It’s almost that time!:

Via WTOP’s Will Vitka, the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival is coming up. Here’s what to know about this year’s modified festivalhttps://bit.ly/30I812x

And to leave you on a happy note, here’s an otter on a trampoline: https://bit.ly/3rMCHLX