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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Democrats unveil $3.5 trillion budget blueprint | Senate races toward summer break | UN panel sounds the alarm on climate change | Top aide to Cuomo resigns | Senate votes to shut down debate on infrastructure bill | Partisan fight over vaccine mandates moves to House



Dems unveil their budget blueprint:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a budget blueprint that paves the way for a massive spending plan they want to pass without GOP support later this year.”

What’s in the budget resolution: Plans to ramp up government spending on a handful of Democratic priorities including Medicare, child care and efforts to combat climate change. The blueprint also includes instructions for 12 Senate committees on how to draft the $3.5 trillion budget bill.

Notably, the budget resolution doesn’t include an increase to the debt ceiling, an omission that’s sure to kick off a massive fight on Capitol Hill over the nation’s borrowing limit. 

How Democrats want to pay for it: Democratic leaders say that the budget will be paid in full, primarily through tax hikes on corporations and families making more than $400,000 per year. 

What are its chances of passing: Tough to say. Democrats are hoping to push the resolution through the House and Senate through a process known as reconciliation, which would allow them to approve the budget measure with a simple majority. 

That’s doable, but it means that all 50 Senate Democrats will have to stay unified in the face of likely unanimous Republican opposition.


Senate Democrats’ budget resolution


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Internet regulations are as outdated as dial-up



Facebook supports updated regulations, including four areas where lawmakers can make quick progress: 

– Reforming Section 230
– Preventing foreign interference of our elections
– Passing federal privacy law
– Setting rules that allow people to safely transfer data between services



Senate races toward summer break:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney: “The House is out of session this week. But the Senate was in town for rare back-to-back weekend work, after they missed their expected exit from Washington for the August recess. Senators voted on Sunday night to end debate on the roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill crafted by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House.”


Reality check:

Via The Hill’s Rachel Frazin: “UN issues dire warning on climate change.” 

The newest climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that climate change was ‘unequivocally’ caused by humans and warns that global temperatures are expected to reach a significant warming milestone in the next 20 years.” 

How hot? Earth is expected to reach average temperatures that are 1.5 degrees warmer than a preindustrial baseline by 2040, according to the report.

What else can we expect? The report says climate change will be experienced more in heatwaves, as well as in more frequent and intense precipitation and droughts.


Fallout over the AG report:

Via The Hill’s Caroline Vakil: “A top aide to New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden makes his pitch as tax questions mount Hochul gets early boost as NY gubernatorial race takes shape EMILY's List announces early endorsement of Hochul MORE (D) resigned on Sunday night as he remains embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal that could cost him his governorship. Melissa DeRosa, the secretary to the governor, said in a statement that “the past two years have been emotionally and mentally trying.” 

Why it matters: DeRosa was known to be one of Cuomo’s most loyal and staunchest supporters within his administration. Her resignation is a likely indicator that his support is eroding as calls for him to step down continue in the wake of Attorney General Letitia James’s report into the sexual misconduct allegations against him.


Time’s Up leader Roberta Kaplan resigned on Monday over her ties to Cuomo that surfaced in James’s investigation. 

Kaplan served as the chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Time’s Up and co-founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which helped women who had experienced discrimination and workplace sexual harassment. 

“I therefore have reluctantly come to the conclusion that an active law practice is no longer compatible with serving on the Board at Time’s Up at this time and I hereby resign,” Kaplan wrote, according to The Associated Press.


Brittany Commisso, an executive assistant in Cuomo’s administration, broke her silence on the allegations against the governor on Monday morning. Commisso delivered her first televised interview to CBS News and the Albany Times Union, in which she detailed the groping allegations and accused the governor of lying. 

Commisso was previously known as “Executive Assistant # 1” in James’s report.

You can watch her interview here:



Why Facebook supports reforming Section 230



The internet has changed a lot in the last 25 years — the last time comprehensive internet regulations were passed.

Facebook supports updated regulations — like reforming Section 230, to set standards for the way larger tech companies enforce rules about content.



Fauci - Get vaccinated or face a deadlier variant:

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci says it's recommended to get same vaccine for COVID-19 boosters The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Timken rolls out six-figure ad campaign, hits Fauci MORE, the country’s top infectious diseases expert, told USA Today on Sunday that if not enough people get vaccinated, an even deadlier coronavirus variant could emerge.

“If we don't get the rest of the world vaccinated within the next couple of years, you're going to have the circulation of more mutations that will lead to variants, that will then come into the country, and then all of us who are protected against delta may not be protected against zaida,” Fauci said.


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 35,765,233 

U.S. death toll: 616,829

Breakdown of the numbers:


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 351,400,930 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 706,323 doses

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

Breakdown of the numbers:


Olympians, they’re just like us!:


Team USA waits at a United Airlines terminal



Greene and Gaetz head to Iowa:


Gaetz and Greene head to Iowa




The Senate is in session and the House is on recess. President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE is in Wilmington, Del. Vice President Harris is in Washington. 

Second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations — Global supply chain bottleneck worries for U.S. economy The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Biden: We will fix nation's problems The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - New front in mandate wars; debt bill heads to Biden MORE is traveling to Topeka, Kan., with Education Secretary Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaPresident, first lady honor teachers at White House awards ceremony Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Florida Board of Education approves sanctions on eight school districts over coronavirus mandates MORE

1 p.m. EDT/12 p.m. CT: Emhoff and Cardona visit a local high school to tour a back-to-school vaccine clinic.

1:35 p.m. EDT/12:35 p.m. CT: Emhoff and Cardona take part in a listening session with high school and college students about their efforts to help their community through the pandemic and distribute the coronavirus vaccine.


2:30 p.m. EDT: Defense Department spokesperson John Kirby holds a press briefing at the Pentagon. Livestream:


Today is National Book Lovers Day! 

Make sure you crack open your favorite book today and let us know what you’re reading!

Julia is reading “First,” a biography of the first female Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, by Evan Thomas and Max is reading “The Splendid and the Vile,” a biography of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, by Erik Larson. 

Here are some ways you can celebrate your favorite books:

And now for some happy news!

Congratulations are in order for Massachusetts Rep. Jake Auchincloss and his family, who announced they welcomed their second child, Grace, on Friday! 

The congressman shared a tweet announcing the big news today and his son, Teddy, shared a new drawing welcoming his new sister. (We’re told Teddy had some assistance from the congressman on this). 


A drawing welcome Grace to the family




Gotta say — we admire Grace’s timing in arriving just in time for House recess.