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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Senate Democrats pass $3.5T budget resolution | Moderate Democrats fire warning shot over fiscal blueprint | Consumer prices continue to climb | Fallout from Cuomo’s resignation | Who is Kathy Hochul? | Biden administration rushes ventilators to coronavirus-stricken Florida




Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Senate Democrats approved a budget resolution early Wednesday morning that will allow them to pass a $3.5 trillion spending plan without GOP support later this year. 

“The Senate voted 50-49 to adopt the resolution, capping off a chaotic, hours-long debate on the floor during which senators voted on dozens of largely nonbinding amendments that offer a preview of the fight to come on the spending bill.” 

What does it mean: The budget resolution won’t get signed into law. But it’s the first step toward bypassing the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster, which would effectively allow Senate Democrats to approve most legislation without GOP support.

What’s going on in the House: The lower chamber was scheduled to return from recess on Sept. 20. But House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOvernight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on MORE (D-Md.) told lawmakers in a letter on Tuesday that they will return on Aug. 23 to consider the budget resolution. 

What happens next: The budget blueprint appears on track to be approved by the House, where Democrats hold a narrow but critical majority. But a subsequent bill that would actually enact the spending and tax changes outlined in the resolution will likely face a steeper climb.

Two moderate Senate Democrats, Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinIRS data proves Trump tax cuts benefited middle, working-class Americans most Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Dems press drillers over methane leaks Overnight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Abortion access for 65M women at stake MORE (W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaIRS data proves Trump tax cuts benefited middle, working-class Americans most Photos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Green groups spend big to promote climate policy MORE (Ariz.), have expressed reservations about the $3.5 trillion price tag and have indicated they’ll try to shrink it in negotiating the final legislation. At the same time, the eventual bill is expected to face unanimous opposition from Republicans, meaning that any Democratic defections could sink the legislation.


Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney

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Consumer prices rise 5.4 percent from last July:

Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane


Cuomo fallout:

Biden’s infrastructure victory was overshadowed yesterday as New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoChris Cuomo: 'This is not how I want my time at CNN to end' Chris Cuomo terminated by CNN over efforts to help brother DOJ investigation of Cuomo includes probe into possible discrimination, retaliation from office: report MORE (D) announced his resignation just minutes after the bipartisan infrastructure deal passed through the Senate. 

The outgoing governor’s move to step aside was a spectacular fall from grace after Cuomo was widely praised last year for his daily briefings during the coronavirus pandemic. However, Cuomo has since faced backlash over his administration’s alleged tampering with the data surrounding coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes and the growing number of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant: “President BidenJoe BidenMarcus Garvey's descendants call for Biden to pardon civil rights leader posthumously GOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors MORE on Tuesday said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has done a ‘hell of a job’ on issues like infrastructure and voting rights, while voicing support for the governor’s decision to resign after a state investigation found that he sexually harassed 11 women.”


But it’s not over for Cuomo yet. The governor could still face impeachment proceedings to prevent him from running for office in New York again. State Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Lavine (D) said on Monday that impeachment would be “moot” if Cuomo stepped down before the investigation wrapped up, but added that there would be an opportunity to block him from running for office again in the state. The committee is slated to meet again on Aug. 16.


Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will make history in roughly two weeks when she is sworn in as governor, becoming the first woman to hold the office in New York state. 

Via The Hill’s Jordan Williams: “Hochul was elected on a ticket with Cuomo in 2014, becoming the state’s 77th lieutenant governor. In this role, she serves as president of the New York State Senate and chairs the Regional Economic Development Councils. 

Before becoming lieutenant governor, Hochul was a member of the House from 2011 to 2013 representing New York’s 26th District. She served on the House Armed Services and the House Homeland Security committees.

Prior to her time in Congress, she served as the Erie County clerk, the highest-ranking female elected official in the county.”

Hochul will also represent a departure from the recent governors from downstate New York and New York City. The incoming governor hails from Buffalo, N.Y., bringing some western and upstate New York perspective to the governor’s mansion.



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Ventilators head to Florida:

Via The Hill’s Lexi Lonas: “The Biden administration's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sending ventilators to Florida at the state’s request to deal with its sharp rise in coronavirus cases related to the delta variant.” 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Memo: Media obsess over Trump's past as he eyes comeback DeSantis proposes civilian Florida State Guard military force he would control Haley hits the stump in South Carolina MORE (R) told ABC News he was unaware of the request made by his state’s health department.

“I have not heard about that, so I have to check to see if that’s true or not. I would honestly doubt that that’s true, but I’ll look,” DeSantis told the network.


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Via The Dallas Morning News: “As the number of COVID-19 delta cases swells, only two pediatric ICU beds — out of 285 total — were available Tuesday in the 19-county North Texas area.”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 36,062,399 

U.S. death toll: 618,175 

Breakdown of the numbers:


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 352,550,944 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 739,114 doses

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

Breakdown of the numbers:


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