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I’ll tell *you* how this will go:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Mike Lillis and Scott Wong, “Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCongress is hell-bent on a spooky spending spree Pelosi on addressing climate through reconciliation package: 'This is our moment' House progressives lay out priorities for spending negotiations MORE (D-Calif.) has signaled to colleagues in both chambers that she will not put the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package on the House floor for a vote until it’s clear that it can also pass the 50-50 Senate.” https://bit.ly/3nZNO4Z
The holdup: “Some Democrats are calling for the House to move as soon as possible on the package, even if two key centrist votes in the Senate, Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Climate divides conservative Democrats in reconciliation push MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaOn The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Climate divides conservative Democrats in reconciliation push Pelosi on addressing climate through reconciliation package: 'This is our moment' MORE (D-Ariz.), haven’t yet signed off on it.”
Pelosi doesn’t want a repeat of 2009: “Pelosi has no intention of replaying what happened in 2009, when Democrats last controlled Congress and the White House and moderate House Democrats took an extremely tough vote on sweeping climate change legislation only for the bill to never come to the Senate floor.”
WHAT President BidenJoe BidenMcAuliffe holds slim lead over Youngkin in Fox News poll Biden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan MORE REPORTEDLY TOLD MODERATES TO DO:
Sen. Manchin said President Biden told moderate lawmakers to come up with a number they would support for the reconciliation bill. The gist: Some moderates are uncomfortable with the $3.5 trillion price tag. https://bit.ly/2W4O7Qn
JUST ANNOUNCED — THERE HAS BEEN SOME MOVEMENT:
“Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act To Win 2022: Go big on reconciliation and invest in Latinx voters McConnell-aligned group targeting Kelly, Cortez Masto and Hassan with M ad campaign MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday morning announced that the Senate, House and White House have reached a deal on a ‘framework’ to pay for the massive human infrastructure spending package they hope to pass this fall under budget reconciliation.” What we know: https://bit.ly/2XKNHzH
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NEWS THIS MORNING
A US diplomat resigned over treatment of Haitian migrants:
Via The New York Times’s Lara Jakes, “A senior American diplomat who oversees Haiti policy has resigned, two U.S. officials said, submitting a letter to the State Department that excoriated the Biden administration’s ‘inhumane, counterproductive decision’ to send Haitian migrants back to a country that has been wracked this summer by a deadly earthquake and political turmoil.” https://nyti.ms/3EHJqgW
Diplomat Daniel Foote’s reasoning: “In his stinging resignation letter, dated Wednesday, Mr. Foote criticized the Biden administration for deporting some of the thousands of the Haitian migrants who had traveled to the Texas border from Mexico and Central America in recent days.”
Read the resignation letter, first reported by PBS: https://to.pbs.org/3nYe0Nh
WHAT SPARKED THIS:
Via The Associated Press’s Juan A. Lozano, Eric Gay, Elliot Spagat and Maria Verza, “More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from an encampment at a Texas border town, U.S. officials said Monday as they defended a strong response that included immediately expelling migrants to their impoverished Caribbean country and faced criticism for using horse patrols to stop them from entering the town.” https://bit.ly/3CKz2U1
‘WHY MANY THOUSANDS OF HAITIANS CONVERGED ON THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER’:
Via CNN’s Zachary B. Wolf: https://cnn.it/3hZP44u
MEANWHILE — SCHUMER URGED BIDEN TO STOP DEPORTING HAITIAN IMMIGRANTS ALONG THE BORDER:
"I urge President Biden and [Homeland Security] Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas to immediately put a stop to these expulsions and to end this Title 42 policy at our southern border. We cannot continue these hateful and xenophobic Trump policies that disregard our refugee laws," Schumer said. More from Schumer: https://bit.ly/3i1aEWa
THE GOVERNMENT FUNDING DEADLINE
This is what we call a ‘Jesus, take the wheel’ situation:
Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Congress is charging toward a government shutdown and debt default and appears to have no backup plan roughly a week before federal agencies would have to shutter their doors.” https://bit.ly/3CEGvUt
The situation: “The Senate will vote as soon as Monday on a House-passed bill that would fund the government into early December and suspend the debt ceiling through 2022. But Republicans will block that bill from getting the 10 votes needed to break a filibuster because of the debt ceiling hike, and GOP senators stress that they aren’t bluffing. What comes next? Lawmakers aren’t totally sure.”
Where we stand and how this could play out: https://bit.ly/3CEGvUt
‘WHY BIDEN ISN’T HITTING THE PANIC BUTTON ON THE DEBT CEILING — YET’:
Via Politico’s Christopher Cadelago: https://politi.co/3EJvymk
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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Boost away, my friends!!:
Via Stat’s Helen Branswell, “the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday granted an emergency use authorization to Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine booster, though for now the FDA said use of the booster should be restricted to people over the age of 65, adults 18 and older at high risk of severe Covid, and those who, like health care workers, are at higher risk of infection because of their jobs.” https://bit.ly/3EINr4F
THE STICKY QUESTION — WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A BOOSTER?:
Via The New York Times’s Apoorva Mandavilli, “[The] C.D.C.’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will debate on Thursday [who is included on that list], and their decisions will shape the federal government’s guidance.” https://nyti.ms/3EGPNRP
Does this apply to Moderna and J&J?: No.
Can someone who received Moderna or J&J get the Pfizer booster?: “Mixing first shots of the Moderna vaccine with a Pfizer booster — or vice versa — is untested ground, and federal agencies are always reluctant to make moves that the evidence doesn’t explicitly support.”
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 42,553,299
U.S. death toll: 681,259
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 387 million shots have been given.
Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 750,942 doses
For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.
Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood:
The House and Senate are in. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C.
9:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief.
10 a.m. EDT: Two roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/2ZjUtMZ
11:15 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris met with Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Noon: President Biden receives his weekly economic briefing.
12:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris have lunch together.
1:30 – 8:30 p.m. EDT: Votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3EO0odq
3:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
WHAT TO WATCH:
10:45 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3o61ICR
Noon: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion DeSantis pledges to sue Biden administration over vaccine mandates Biden likely to tap Robert Califf to return as FDA head MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2XMUs42
IN LIGHTER NEWS:
Today is National Pot Pie Day.
Via NECN, a street in downtown Boston has transformed into a Christmas wonderland for the filming of a film starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. There is even fake snow! Video: https://bit.ly/3AwBCfs
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And to break up your Thursday afternoon, here’s a dog and cat involved in quite the custody battle: https://bit.ly/3o2sFXU