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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden hosts bipartisan lawmakers to discuss infrastructure | Congress returns | Infrastructure plan prioritized | White House sends mixed signals on tax hikes | Biden expected to nominate Cindy McCain for U.N. program ambassador | Prince HarryPrince HarryPrince Harry compares royal life to 'being in a zoo' Prince Harry rips Joe Rogan for vaccine remarks: Have to 'be careful about what comes out of your mouth' Prince Harry, Oprah Winfrey to debut special on mental health on Apple TV MORE reportedly lands in U.K. for funeral | &Pizza reopens in Longworth | Lightning at the White House

 

HAPPENING TODAY

‘B’ is for bipartisan, boys and girls! 

‘I?’ Yup, that stands for infrastructure.

And what does ‘P’ stand for? That’s right kids, ‘P’ stands for please-agree-to-this-bill-because-we’re-going-to-do-this-with-or-without-you-so-deal-with-it

President BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE and Vice President Harris are meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House today to discuss his infrastructure package. https://bit.ly/3tbCPFb 

The lawmakers joining the meeting: Sens. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellThis week: Congressional leaders to meet with Biden amid GOP reckoning Will Biden's NASA win the space race with China? Bill Nelson is a born-again supporter of commercial space at NASA MORE (D-Wash.), Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerMcCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election Against mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations MORE (R-Neb.), Alex PadillaAlex PadillaHispanic Caucus endorses essential worker immigration bill Padilla introduces bill to expand California public lands Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap MORE (D-Calif.) and Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerBiden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted Hillicon Valley: Global cybersecurity leaders say they feel unprepared for attack | Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan | Senate panel approves bill that would invest billions in tech MORE (R-Miss.) Plus: Reps. Garret GravesGarret Neal GravesGOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices McCarthy unveils House GOP task forces, chairs House Republicans kick off climate forum ahead of White House summit MORE (R-La.), Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.), David PriceDavid Eugene PriceSecret Service: Optics of Trump greeting supporters outside Walter Reed wasn't a factor GOP ramps up attacks on Biden's border wall freeze The US has a significant flooding problem — Congress can help MORE (D-N.C.) and Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Does Biden have an ocean policy? McCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election MORE (R-Alaska).

What to expect: “Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegInfrastructure deal imperiled by differences on financing Biden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Colonial pays hackers as service is restored MORE told 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 on Sunday that Biden would have an ‘open mind’ toward changes to the size and funding of his $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan, but he added that the president would not accept inaction.”

Happy Monday. 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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Rainbow over the Capitol

 

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LATEST WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE

Back and ready to boogie:

The House and Senate are returning to Washington this week for the legislative session that will bring them to the end of President Biden’s first 100 days. https://bit.ly/329bveU 

The big ticket item this week: Working on Biden’s infrastructure package. 

Is this a ‘work together because we’re all one big happy family’ kinda situation?: Welllll. Biden and Senate Democrats have signaled that they want to work with Republicans to make the package bipartisan, but they also seem willing to bypass the filibuster and pass it without Republican support. 

^To that end: Senate Republicans have already pegged this infrastructure package as a "job-crushing slush fund.”  

The gist of Republicans’ complaints with the bill: Republicans argue this package is too expensive, includes too many measures that are not infrastructure — and do not want tax hikes.

HOW TO PAY FOR THIS — THE WHITE HOUSE IS SENDING MIXED SIGNALS ON HIGHER TAXES:

Via The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda, “The White House has sent mixed signals over its plans to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for some of its policies, providing a lack of clarity about how President Biden’s $400,000 threshold for tax increases would work.”

Timing: “The absence of details comes as Democrats are already debating privately how to pay for their programs, an issue when it comes to taxes that splits the party not only on philosophic lines but also on regional ones.”

HOW PROGRESSIVES ARE FIGHTING FOR LEVERAGE IN THEIR EVER-SHRINKING MAJORITY:

Via The Hill’s Scott Wong and Cristina Marcoshttps://bit.ly/3g7vRxo

NEWS THIS MORNING

Protests in Minnesota:

“Protests erupted in Minnesota overnight after an unarmed black man was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop.” https://bit.ly/3dUM6LJ 

What happened: “The Brooklyn Center officer shot the man after learning that he had an outstanding warrant and attempting to arrest him on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.” 

Via The Star Tribune’s Mara Klecker and Kim Hyatt, “Relatives of Daunte Wright, 20, who is Black, told a tense crowd gathered at the scene in the northern Minneapolis suburb Sunday afternoon that Wright drove for a short distance after he was shot, crashed his car, and died at the scene.” 

Footage of the protestshttp://strib.mn/3a0HRgk

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Cindy, the lady for the job!:

Politico is reporting that President Biden will name Cindy McCain to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. World Food Programme. https://politi.co/3g8uRcn 

Just as a refresher: Cindy McCain is the widow of the late-Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainWill the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? Republicans have dumped Reagan for Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting MORE (R-Ariz.) 

Keep in mind: McCain would be Biden’s first Republican nominee to a Senate-confirmed role. 

MAJOR BIDEN IS RECEIVING MORE TRAINING:

Via USA Today’s Jenna Ryuhttps://bit.ly/3g4srLV

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS

Remembering Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans: “William "Billy" Evans, the police officer who died in the line of duty from the car attack at the Capitol on April 2, will lie in honor in the Rotunda on Tuesday.  

On crimes targeting Asian Americans: “[Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)] has teed up legislation for this week from Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoMore than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill Biden-McConnell cold war unlikely to end at White House If you want Julie Su at the DOL, don't point to her resume MORE (D-Hawaii) to address an uptick in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans during the coronavirus. The bill requires the Justice Department to designate an individual responsible for overseeing the expedited review of coronavirus-related hate crimes.”  

On employers and salaries: “The House will vote this week on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which previously passed the chamber last year. The bill would bar employers from inquiring about prospective employees' salaries and ban retaliation against employees who compare wages.” 

And, of course, nominations: “Schumer has teed up votes on several nominations: Polly Ellen Trottenberg to be deputy secretary of Transportation, Wendy Sherma to be a deputy secretary of State, Gary GenslerGary GenslerFinancial market transactions should not be taxed or restricted Putting the SEC cops back on the Wall Street beat On The Money: US economy roars in first three months of 2021 | Jobless claims drop again | White House: No tax hikes for couples making less than 9K MORE to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Brenda MalloryBrenda MalloryThree questions about Biden's conservation goals OVERNIGHT 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 MORE to be a member of the Council on Environmental Quality.”  

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jordain Carneyhttps://bit.ly/329bveU

Big news for everyone on Capitol Hill:

 

House cafeteria opens

 

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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Regeneron could prevent COVID-19!:

Via CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace Jr., “Regeneron Pharmaceuticals said Monday it will ask the Food and Drug Administration to allow its Covid-19 antibody therapy to be used as a preventative treatment.” https://cnb.cx/3d73Eox 

The treatment is already being given to COVID patients, but: “Regeneron said it is seeking to expand the use of its treatment in the U.S. after a phase three clinical trial, jointly run by the National Institutes of Health, found the drug reduced the risk of symptomatic infections in individuals by 81%.” 

The full storyhttps://cnb.cx/3d73Eox

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 31,199,286

U.S. death toll: 562,080

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 187 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 3.14 million doses — hey, the weekly average is pi!

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

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

IN OTHER NEWS

Harry has landed. I repeat, Harry has landed.:

Prince Harry has reportedly landed in the United Kingdom for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral. https://cnn.it/3dWbjVV 

Keep in mind: This is the first time Harry, The Duke of SussexPrince HarryPrince Harry compares royal life to 'being in a zoo' Prince Harry rips Joe Rogan for vaccine remarks: Have to 'be careful about what comes out of your mouth' Prince Harry, Oprah Winfrey to debut special on mental health on Apple TV MORE, has returned to the U.K. since stepping back as a senior royal.  

What we knowhttps://cnn.it/3dWbjVV

KEEP IN MIND — MEGHAN IS NOT ATTENDING:

Meghan, The Duchess of SussexMeghan MarkleMeghan wins last copyright claim over letter to father Meghan announces children's book inspired by Prince Harry and Archie The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to take stock, revive push for big government MORE who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, will not attend Prince Philip’s funeral. 

TIDBIT — PRINCE WILLIAM POSTED A TRIBUTE TO HIS GRANDFATHER:

“I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!” https://bit.ly/3wMf3C1

The full post — including a photo taken by Kate, The Duchess of Cambridgehttps://bit.ly/3g3AUPj 

^ That photo is adorable.

NOTABLE TWEETS:

HAHA, the resemblance is uncanny:

 

Happy Gilmore watches the Masters

  

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3uCAK5u  

^ Chubbs is also watching and is very proud.

Whoa!:

 

Thunder and lightning at the White House

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3uJ3r0Y

Pretty cool tidbit:

 

Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama at the airport

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3g5wcRo 

^ Back story If you didn’t watch the Masters yesterday:  “[29-year-old] Hideki Matsuyama made history on Sunday as the first male golfer from Japan to win a major championship.” https://es.pn/3wISU7L

ON TAP:

The Senate meets this afternoon. The House is out. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. 

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

Noon: President Biden joins the virtual CEO summit on Semiconductor and Supply Chain Resilience. National Security Advisor Jake SullivanJake SullivanHouse lawmakers roll out bill to invest 0 million in state and local cybersecurity Blinken speaks with Israeli counterpart amid escalating conflict Biden sent letter to Palestinian president over 'current situations' MORE, National Economic Council Director Brian DeeseBrian DeeseOn The Money: Breaking down Biden's .8T American Families Plan | Powell voices confidence in Fed's handle on inflation | Wall Street basks in 'Biden boom' Biden proposes tax hikes for high-income Americans Democratic scramble complicates Biden's human infrastructure plan MORE and Commerce Secretary Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoBiden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted Pentagon removing Chinese tech giant from blacklist after court loss MORE attend. 

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss the American Jobs Plan. 

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate returns!  

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds a cloture vote on a nomination. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3dctvdo

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WHAT TO WATCH:

10 a.m. EDT: Day 11 of the Derek Chauvin trial. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3mJrWYT 

11 a.m. EDT: The White House COVID Response Team held a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3s8gh73 

12:15 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiLawmakers bicker over how to go after tax cheats Colonial breach underscores concerns over paying hackers French police deploy tear gas on protestors supporting Palestinians in Paris MORE holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/325lD8L

IN LIGHTER NEWS...:

Today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

Big yikes:

Via WTSP Tampa Bay, a large waterspout came ashore in Panama City Beach, Fla. Videohttps://bit.ly/2RtEb0h

And to brighten your Monday, here’s a bunny who is *DEFINITELY NOT* trying to annoy its cat friend: https://bit.ly/3wNwhyN