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Should we be reading anyone’s lips? Any new taxes?:  

 

Via The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda, “Washington is gearing up for a battle over raising taxes as President BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE looks for a way to pay for his agenda while Republicans are planning to dig in their heels ahead of the 2022 elections.” https://bit.ly/3eIRkvQ

The risk: “Biden proposed a slew of tax increases during his presidential campaign that are expected to be on the table as part of the discussions. But they will face fierce opposition from Republicans and business groups, jeopardizing any attempt to pass an economic package on a bipartisan basis.” 



THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEBATE WON’T BE A WALK IN THE PARK:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Democrats are facing big headaches as they try to craft a sweeping infrastructure and jobs package.” https://bit.ly/2Q9kOJg

Not to give Democrats headaches or anything, but: “The goal could test Democratic unity due to razor-thin margins in both chambers and early signs of contention over how to pay for the spending, including talk of a tax hike, and whether the bill should be narrowed in order to make it bipartisan.” 

It’s Tuesday — we have hit the halfway mark of March! 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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NEWS THIS MORNING

Mitch ain’t happy:

“Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellManchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden reverses Trump limits on transgender protections MORE (R-Ky.) offered a scathing warning to Democrats on Tuesday, amid growing pressure to nix the legislative filibuster.” https://bit.ly/38LuWyg

In McConnell’s words: “Let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues: Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin, can even begin, to imagine what a completely scorched-Earth Senate would look like,” McConnell said.

IN CONGRESS

Remember that $1.9 trillion relief package? The vaccine distribution?

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, the surge of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border is threatening to overshadow President Biden’s successes related to COVID-19. https://bit.ly/3eKeKRK

The irony of it all: “President Biden … criticized the Trump administration for putting children in ‘cages’ in response to a wave of immigrants ... Now those plans are being undercut by reports that thousands of young people are being kept in cells at overflow facilities for longer than is legally allowed.”  

How this could play out: https://bit.ly/3eKeKRK

The baby steps approach in Congress:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Scott Wong, Democrats are moving forward with small immigration-related bills while they plan for a bigger immigration overhaul.  https://bit.ly/3cFLYyK 

The holdup: “Disagreements between liberal and moderate Democrats have complicated the strategy for bringing [broader immigration] legislation to the floor, highlighting both the explosive nature of immigration politics in Washington and the struggles facing congressional Democrats as they charge ahead with an ambitious legislative slate with a razor-thin majority.” 

What’s in President Biden’s immigration plan: “Central to the proposal is a provision that would create a pathway to citizenship for roughly 11 million people living in the country illegally. It also aims to modernize border technologies, eliminate visa backlogs and per-country visa caps, boost immigrant worker protections and increase financial assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in hopes of discouraging migration from those troubled Central American nations — a topic of heightened urgency given the current migrant surge at the southern border.” 

How this could play out: https://bit.ly/3cFLYyK

 

Time magazine’s cover is historic:

Actor Elliot Page has made history as the first openly transgender man to appear on the cover of Time magazine. https://bit.ly/38LoaZl

Read Time’s cover story on page: https://bit.ly/38NSxOG

Photo of the cover: https://bit.ly/3cDJpgF



IN THE BIDEN CABINET

The first Native American Interior Secretary:

Via NPR’s Nathan Rott, the Senate voted 51-40 yesterday to confirm Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden officials unveil plan to conserve 30 percent of US lands and water | Watchdog questions adequacy of EPA standards for carcinogenic chemical emissions | Interior proposing revocation of Trump-era rollback on bird protections Biden officials unveil plan to conserve 30 percent of US lands and water Interior proposing revocation of Trump-era rollback on bird protections MORE (D-N.M.) as the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary. https://n.pr/3vrNc9A

For historic context: “Her confirmation is as symbolic as it is historic. For much of its history, the Interior Department was used as a tool of oppression against America's Indigenous peoples. In addition to managing the country's public lands, endangered species and natural resources, the department is also responsible for the government-to-government relations between the U.S. and Native American tribes.” 

 

35th generation! Wow.:

 

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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Trump got vaccinated. Bush and Clinton got vaccinated. You should, too!:

Via The New York Times’s Annie Karni and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “As Biden confronts vaccine hesitancy, Republicans are a particular challenge.” https://nyti.ms/3qSGkyC

The numbers: “A third of Republicans said in a CBS News poll that they would not be vaccinated — compared with 10 percent of Democrats — and another 20 percent of Republicans said they were unsure. Other polls have found similar trends.” 

“With the Biden administration readying … efforts to promote vaccination, the challenge for the White House is complicated by perceptions of former President Donald J. Trump’s stance on the issue. Although Mr. Trump was vaccinated before he left office and urged conservatives last month to get inoculated, many of his supporters appear reluctant to do so, and he has not played any prominent role in promoting vaccination.”  

The question — how important is it for Trump to encourage Republicans to get vaccinated: https://nyti.ms/3qSGkyC

 

One year ago today:

Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane, “Financial markets are settling into what’s becoming familiar territory of record highs on the first anniversary of the worst one-day decline in decades, underscoring the gap between Wall Street and the economy.” https://bit.ly/3cFItIT

“By the time the stock market closed on March 16, 2020 — the worst day of losses for the Dow Jones Industrial Average since Black Monday in 1987 — more than three years of gains had evaporated in barely a month.”   

What this means for the economy: https://bit.ly/3cFItIT

 

YIKES — FASCINATING THROWBACK:

Check out the 12:30 Report written a year ago today — what a scary time that was: https://bit.ly/38Myd0d

 

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 29,496,142 

U.S. death toll: 535,657

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

 

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 109 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.43 million doses

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

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

 

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NOTABLE TWEETS:

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ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in. President Biden is in Pennsylvania this afternoon. Vice President Harris is in Colorado.

Today: Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal Biden plugs infrastructure with a personal favorite: Amtrak MORE are traveling from Los Angeles to Denver where they will visit a COVID-19 vaccination clinic and meet with small business owners.

10:15 a.m. EST: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.

Noon: A roll call vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3tka3lq

1:40 p.m. EST: President Biden leaves for Pennsylvania. 

3:30 p.m. EST: President Biden visits a small business in Chester, Pa.

5:45 p.m. EST: President Biden leaves for Wilmington, Del. 

6:30 p.m. ­­– 9:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3toh7h5 

Later today: Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff travel back to Washington, D.C.

Thursday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “The Future of Modern Expeditionary Warfare.” Details and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/3bNXede

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: Federal and State Emergency Management Officials testified on their COVID-19 response. C-SPAN livestream: https://bit.ly/3rS3dn5

Tonight: Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaSarah Silverman urges Congress to pass voting bill: 'What kind of politician wants to keep people from voting?' Michelle Obama: 'You wanna hang out with us? Get your vaccine' The Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race MORE will appear on ABC’s “Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelBiden to record video message for 'Vax Live' concert Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch: Fox won back ratings after second impeachment trial 'Trump effect' propels Hollywood's political hopefuls MORE Live!”

Thursday: Michelle Obama will also appear on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” 

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