The Hill's 12:30 Report: Debt ceiling fight punted to December

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Shake on it?:


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.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights MORE (R-Ky.) have reached a deal to punt the debt limit into December. 

Details of the deal: “The plan would raise the debt ceiling by $480 billion, which will fund federal borrowing until December 3, according to a Senate aide familiar with the agreement who requested anonymity to describe it.” (Via The Washington Post’s Tony Romm 

How this happened: Yesterday after the GOP closed-door luncheon, McConnell offered to let Democrats pass a short-term debt ceiling hike into December to give them more time.

It immediately sounded like Democrats would take them up on it 

Yes, but there was a holdup: After hours of behind-the-scenes negotiations, Schumer said he and McConnell had not reached a final deal. But Schumer and McConnell finally reached a deal this morning.

It’s Thursday! 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 — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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Deadlines, schmedlines:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Democrats are already skeptical that they’ll be able to hit new deadlines for getting a sweeping two-part spending package to 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’s desk as they ramp up haggling over deep divisions.” 

The latest deadline: Oct. 31 for passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the social spending bill 

Yes, but: “It’s hardly the first deadline Democrats have set, and missed, as they try to find unity on the path forward on the two-part spending package.”


Via The Hill’s Karl Evers-Hillstrom

Tidbit — this is pretty funny:

Via Politico’s Burgess Everett, “When Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act Democrats struggle to gain steam on Biden spending plan The Hill's 12:30 Report: Debt ceiling fight punted to December MORE returned from a White House meeting last month, Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOn The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE congratulated him for his ‘nice quote’ about the debt ceiling. As Klobuchar read back Tester's expletive-infused words, he recalled protesting: ‘‘Come on. I didn't say fucking.’ And she said, ‘Oh no, you said fucking.’’ After digesting that Klobuchar was right, Tester kicked himself: ‘‘Goddammit. I’m trying to wean myself off of this.’’” 

The bigger point to this tidbit: “Despite hailing from a state that Biden lost by 16 points, Tester isn’t among the Democrats getting cursed out for obstruction by liberal activists. In fact, the burly farmer from Big Sandy, Mont., has become a reliable advocate of much of Biden’s agenda, even as he eyes a potentially perilous reelection campaign in 2024 in a state where being a Democrat is hard enough.”  

How Sen. Tester is helping Biden


Possibly the first authorized vaccine for younger kiddos:

Pfizer and BioNTech announced that they have asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize their COIVD-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. 

Timing — what happens now?: “FDA officials had said that once vaccine data for younger children was submitted, the agency could authorize a vaccine for younger children in a matter of weeks -- not months -- but it would depend on the timing and quality of the data provided.”


Via ABC’s Cheyenne Haslett, nearly 1 in 5 children have lost a parent or caretaker from COVID-19, according to a new CDC study. 

And according to the Associated Press: More than half of those children who lost a primary caregiver are Black or Hispanic.


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 44,067,618 

U.S. death toll: 707,890 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 398 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 960,397 doses

For context: The U.S. population is roughly 339 million.

Breakdown of the numbers:


It will be interesting to read about these events in history books some day:

A new Senate report shows the extent of former President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Via The New York Times’s Katie Benner, “Even by the standards of President Donald J. Trump, it was an extraordinary Oval Office showdown. On the agenda was Mr. Trump’s desire to install a loyalist as acting attorney general to carry out his demands for more aggressive investigations into his unfounded claims of election fraud. On the other side during that meeting on the evening of Jan. 3 were the top leaders of the Justice Department, who warned Mr. Trump that they and other senior officials would resign en masse if he followed through.” 

Read the report


Legal battles over the abortion restrictions:

Via The Associated Press’s Paul J. Webber, “A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Texas to suspend the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., calling it an ‘offensive deprivation’ of a constitutional right by banning most abortions in the nation’s second-most populous state since September.”

Texas is fighting it: “Texas will appeal a court order blocking the state's restrictive abortion law after a federal judge called it an ‘offensive deprivation of such an important right.’”




Congress loves punting


Some of my favorite replies: “Fumble,” “’avert’ what ‘looms’” and “the hot breakfast buffet at caucus meetings.”

I have so many questions:


Big head at Dodgers game



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

9:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief. 

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris and Labor Secretary Marty WalshMarty WalshAmateur hour: Pete Buttigieg's inexperience exposed as supply chain breaks down Labor secretary says 194K jobs added in September was 'not the best number' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Debt ceiling fight punted to December MORE host a meeting with the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment. 

Noon: President Biden leaves for Chicago. 

3:10 p.m. EDT: President Biden visits a Clayco construction site in Elk Grove Village, Ill. 

7:20 p.m. EDT: President Biden returns to the White House.


10 a.m. EDT: Arizona election officials testify on the 2020 presidential election audit. Livestream

1 p.m. EDT: White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreBiden intends to sign short-term bill raising debt ceiling Biden, Manchin huddle on reconciliation White House calls debt ceiling compromise 'positive step forward' MORE speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One. Livestream 

3:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 vaccine requirements. Livestream


Today is National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day.

I love this — American Girls are celebrating lots of holidays!:

With Religion News Service’s Emily McFarlan Miller, “This holiday season, American Girl characters Samantha, Addy and Josefina can celebrate the Christian holiday of Christmas, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah or Diwali, the festival of lights observed by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs. Next year, they’ll be ready for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, too.”

Some controversy for this beautiful Thursday morning:


Who likes candy corn?


And because you read this far, here are two dogs working on their choreography:  


Synchronized shepherds