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Late last night after House Democrats struggled to pull together enough votes, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week Stefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' MORE (D-Calif.) decided to push the key procedural vote over President BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race On The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Health Care — GOP attorneys general warn of legal battle over Biden's vaccine mandate MORE’s domestic agenda until today. https://bit.ly/3Ba9mzo
Why Democrats aren’t all united — the hold up: Whether to pass the bipartisan Senate-passed infrastructure bill before the secondary budget resolution to include what didn’t fit in the bipartisan bill.
Who is holding it up: A group of 10 centrists are adamant about wanting the bipartisan Senate-passed bill to be taken up first.
And Pelosi needs those centrist votes: If Republicans are unified in voting against the bill, Democrats can only afford three defections.
Timing — when Dems are hoping to wrap this up: By Oct. 1.
^ Yes, but there’s always a complication: “Surface transportation programs also expire on that day, creating an incentive for lawmakers to send the bipartisan infrastructure bill to Biden’s desk by then.”
What to expect today, via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos and Scott Wong: https://bit.ly/3Ba9mzo
LATE THIS MORNING — LOVE A GOOD PLANE METAPHOR:
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told rank-and-file Democrats in a private meeting Tuesday that she is inching closer to a deal with a band of centrist rebels who have threatened to tank President Biden’s domestic agenda over disagreements about leadership’s strategy for how to pass trillions in federal spending.” https://bit.ly/3gstxAG
Pelosi’s metaphor: “I’m sorry that we couldn’t land the plane last night, and that you all had to wait. But that’s just part of the legislative process.” She added: “I think we’re close to landing the plane.”
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NEWS THIS MORNING
Spring 2022 — Be there (and vaccinated), or be square:
Anthony FauciAnthony FauciIntercept reporters discuss gain-of-function research The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration United Airlines CEO says employees exempt from vaccine 'won't be in front of customers' MORE, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, said the U.S. could have the COVID-19 pandemic “under control” by spring 2022 if the “overwhelming majority” gets vaccinated. https://cnn.it/3sK9UZF
Watch Fauci’s full explanation: https://cnn.it/3sK9UZF
Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, “Vice President Harris's departure from Singapore on Tuesday was delayed for several hours after a report of an unexpected health issue in Hanoi, Vietnam, where she was scheduled to travel.” https://bit.ly/2WmDCb6
Everyone’s first question — is Harris sick?: No, the health issue was not Harris’s.
NEW — we’re learning a little more about what happened: NBC’s Josh Lederman tweeted, “At least 2 US personnel in Hanoi, Vietnam will be medevacked out of country after Havana Syndrome incidents over the weekend. Hours before VP Harris arrived in Vietnam, US staff informed the incidents involved strange sounds, senior US officials tell me & [NBC’s Andrea Mitchell]” https://bit.ly/3jjb7nP
THE LATEST FROM AFGHANISTAN
Let’s keep this momentum going:
In the 24-hour period from early Monday to early Tuesday, 21,600 people were evacuated from Afghanistan. https://bit.ly/2WiIsGm
Including: The U.S. military flew 12,700 people out of the country on 37 flights. That’s the biggest number of airlifts in a single day.
For context — since Aug. 14: The U.S. has helped 58,700 people evacuate the country.
What we don’t know: The breakdown of American citizens and Afghans in that figure. “Biden administration officials say they believe the number of Americans remaining in Afghanistan to be in the thousands but are working to determine a precise number.”
Via NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, “Gen. Taylor says the pace of evacuations from Kabul airport picked up with one aircraft departing about every 45 minutes.” https://bit.ly/3gvqrf3
HAPPENING AT NOON — BIDEN DELIVERS AN UPDATE:
Here’s a livestream of President Biden’s noon remarks: https://bit.ly/2UJhN4V
Via The Washington Post’s John Hudson, CIA Director William BurnsWilliam BurnsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global Rubio knocks CIA over consideration of TikTok presence The Taliban and the West need each other MORE secretly met with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar yesterday, according to officials. https://wapo.st/2XS9Vzn
Why Burns?: “President Biden dispatched [Burns,] his top spy, a veteran of the Foreign Service and the most decorated diplomat in his Cabinet.”
What was discussed: We don’t know for sure, but “the discussions likely involved an impending Aug. 31 deadline for the U.S. military to conclude its airlift of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies.”
The significant pressure: Biden is facing pressure to extend the deadline to remove troops past Aug. 31 to help with evacuations, but the Taliban warned that would cross a “red line” for them.
MCCONNELL URGES BIDEN TO IGNORE THE AUG. 31 DEADLINE:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' MORE (R-Ky.) said in an interview with Fox News today: "The president needs to forget about the August 31 deadline. ... Extend the deadline, get outside the perimeter, make sure that every single American who wants to leave is able to get out with our assistance and our Afghan allies.”
TODAY IN PEOPLE STEPPING UP TO HELP:
Airbnb is providing temporary housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees: https://cbsn.ws/3gtLmz8
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Mandates will be coming ‘round the corner as they come:
Via The Hill’s Karl Evers-Hillstrom, “The full federal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Monday immediately, as expected, led to new vaccination mandates by government entities, a development that suggests more could be coming.” https://bit.ly/2UH9VRo
Right after the announcement: “New York City announced that all public school teachers and staff will be required to get the shot. The Pentagon later confirmed that it would move forward with a vaccine mandate for military service members.”
It likely won’t end there: “Biden administration officials believe that the private sector will follow suit.”
HELPFUL Q&A ON WHETHER YOU SHOULD CANCEL TRAVEL PLANS OVER DELTA:
Via The Washington Post’s Marisa Iati: https://wapo.st/3Dfuo16
Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Former President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE was booed at a rally on Saturday after he encouraged his supporters to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The offending remarks were mild.” https://bit.ly/3zdcwli
What Trump said to get booed: “I believe totally in your freedoms, I do ... but I recommend take the vaccines.” Trump then described the vaccines as “good.”
Why this is pretty surprising: “The moment was a remarkable one, given the ferocious loyalty of the former president’s base. Supporters who, as Trump famously noted, would vote for him even if he shot someone on New York’s Fifth Avenue, apparently found his endorsement of COVID-19 vaccinations a bridge too far.”
How this shows the enormous difficulty of vaccination efforts: https://bit.ly/3zdcwli
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 37,944,377
U.S. death toll: 629,581
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 363 million shots have been given.
Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 853,676 doses
For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.
Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
Lol, meanwhile in Brooklyn:
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The House is in. The Senate is out. President Biden is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Harris is in Vietnam.
The House’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3grYVzd
8 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.
8:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden met with his national security team for an update on Afghanistan.
9:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden virtually met with Group of Seven leaders to discuss Afghanistan.
WHAT TO WATCH:
11:45 a.m. EDT: House Republican leaders held a news conference. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3gpywBN
Noon: President Biden delivers an update on the situation in Afghanistan. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2UJhN4V
1 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense & National Security: US-Australian sub deal causes rift with France Psaki says White House offered 'early stage call' to Nicki Minaj Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3zdJNMZ
1:30 p.m. EDT: House Democratic leaders hold a news conference. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3B8G2cw
2 p.m. EDT: State Department Spokesperson Ned Price holds a press conference. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3gsnXOH
2 p.m. EDT: The White House COVID Response Team holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3sHZqda
IN LIGHTER NEWS:
Today is National Peach Pie Day and National Waffle Day!
Via The Associated Press’s David Sharp, “Imagination, Skittles help boy, 5, conquer Appalachian Trail.” Photo of kindergartener Harvey Sutton posing at the top of a mountain: https://bit.ly/3kjFIkc
And to leave you on a happy note, here’s a dog’s debut in a music video: https://bit.ly/3gqq0Tq