The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems eye legislative deal by the end of the week

The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems eye legislative deal by the end of the week
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IN CONGRESS

Could this actually be the week we go from ‘red light’ to ‘green light’?: 

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Democrats are eager to finish talks over President BidenJoe BidenHouse passes 8B defense policy bill House approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike Senate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale MORE's sweeping spending bill, arguing the party is gaining little by dragging out negotiations.” https://bit.ly/3EfW6KO 

How close are Democrats to agreeing to a deal?: Well, they did miss Friday’s self-imposed deadline, but they continued negotiations through the weekend. 

Where Dems stand — eager!: “[After] days of patience wearing increasingly thin, lawmakers are eager to take the first step and show that they and Biden can deliver on the massive spending package. 

Keep in mind: Even once a deal is reached, expect a few more days of drafting the text.

THIS WEEKEND AT BIDEN’S DELAWARE HOME:

President Biden met with Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin warns about inflation as Democrats pursue Biden spending bill Overnight Health Care — Biden mandate faces Dem resistance Exporting gas means higher monthly energy bills for American families MORE (D-W.Va.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBuild Back Better Is bad for the states  Dole to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda Biden points to drug prices in call for Senate social spending vote MORE (D-N.Y.) in his home state of Delaware. 

What we learned from the meeting: “Manchin appears to be on board with White House proposals for new taxes on billionaires and certain corporations to help pay for President Joe Biden’s scaled-back social services and climate change package.” (From The Associated Press’s Lisa Mascaro and Hope Yenhttps://bit.ly/30YM2HY

PELOSI SAYS THEY ARE 90 PERCENT OF THE WAY THERE:

In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike Ocasio-Cortez: 'Embarrassment' that Democratic leaders are delaying Boebert punishment Overnight Health Care — Biden mandate faces Dem resistance MORE (D-Calif.) said: "We have 90 percent of the bill agreed to and written. We just have some of the last decisions to be made.” https://bit.ly/3jBShbb

It’s Monday — welcome back! 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 cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING ON CAPITOL HILL THIS WEEK:

Honoring the 13 service members who were killed in the August Afghanistan attack: “The House is poised to pass a resolution awarding a congressional gold medal in remembrance of the U.S. troops who were killed during an attack in Afghanistan in August.”  

Obviously more nominations: “The Senate is expected to hold two votes on Monday evening, the first on Douglas Parker to be an assistant secretary of Labor and then on Myrna Perez’s nomination to a U.S. circuit judge on the Second Circuit.” 

Context and details for eachhttps://bit.ly/3pzhgj3

 

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THE JAN. 6 PROBE

Were House lawmakers involved?:

Via Rolling Stone’s Hunter Walker, “Jan. 6 protest organizers say they participated in ‘dozens’ of planning meetings with members of Congress and White House staff.” https://bit.ly/3jzUVhq 

“Two sources are communicating with House investigators and detailed a stunning series of allegations to Rolling Stone, including a promise of a ‘blanket pardon’ from the Oval Office.”  

Who was involved, according to Rolling Stone’s sources?: GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (Ga.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarOcasio-Cortez: 'Embarrassment' that Democratic leaders are delaying Boebert punishment Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Press: GOP freak show: Who's in charge? MORE (Ariz.), Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertOcasio-Cortez: 'Embarrassment' that Democratic leaders are delaying Boebert punishment Press: GOP freak show: Who's in charge? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Omicron tests vaccines; Bob Dole dies at 98 MORE (Colo.), Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksCrenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Jan. 6 organizers used burner phones to communicate with White House: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House Democrats eye big vote on Biden measure MORE (Ala.), Madison Cawthorn (N.C.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.) and Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertCrenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' GOP Rep. Clyde racks up K in mask fines Jan. 6 organizers used burner phones to communicate with White House: report MORE (Texas.)  

The full storyhttps://bit.ly/3jzUVhq

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

I’m more excited than a hungry moose with an order of Tim Horton’s Timbits:

Canada has removed its warning against nonessential travel for the first time since March 2020. https://bit.ly/2ZdPaid

Let’s make it rain rapid tests:

The Biden administration announced a plan this morning to accelerate the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization process for at-home COVID-19 tests to make them cheaper and more available. https://bit.ly/3EbLZqv 

How it will work: “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to commit $70 million from the American Rescue Plan to boost the number of over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 tests on the market. Under this strategy, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to prioritize FDA authorization applications for COVID-19 tests from companies that ‘have the potential for manufacturing at significant scale.’ ” 

Kids could get the vaccine in early November!:

In an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care — Biden mandate faces Dem resistance First study of omicron shows Pfizer vaccine may be less effective Edie Falco join PETA in pitching animal experimentation reforms MORE said children ages 5-11 could receive the vaccine as soon as early November. https://wapo.st/3Eiuy7R 

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel will meet to discuss the kiddos’ vaccine: Tuesday

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 45,445,118 

U.S. death toll: 735,943 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 414 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 805,264 doses

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

Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH

IN OTHER NEWS

The game of Ron:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood, “The race for Florida governor is entering a new, more hectic phase — one that threatens to further complicate Democrats’ path to ousting Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in 2022.” https://bit.ly/3nrNYQL 

How so: “With state Sen. Annette Taddeo’s long-anticipated entrance into the Democratic primary field this week, the party is staring down a potentially contentious nominating contest that could hobble its ability to coalesce behind a single candidate to take on DeSantis, a rising Republican star and one of the left’s most detested boogeymen.”  

Plus — DeSantis has more than $58 million in the bank: “Democrats are grappling with a deep financial disadvantage against the sitting governor that could make it difficult to compete next year, especially if no single candidate breaks away from the pack before the 2022 primary.” 

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/3nrNYQL

Rest in peace, Gunther:

Via NBC’s Diana Dasrath, Tim Stelloh and Caroline Radnofsky, “James Michael Tyler, the actor best known for his role as Gunther, the general manager of the Central Perk coffee shop on ‘Friends,’ died Sunday of cancer, his manager said. He was 59.” https://nbcnews.to/3nJ7rN9 

“Tyler, who was diagnosed with an advanced form of prostate cancer in September 2018, became an advocate for others with the disease, his manager, Toni Benson, said in a statement.”

 

A MESSAGE FROM FACEBOOK

Why Facebook supports updated internet regulations

 

 

Jack is one of 40,000 people working on safety and security issues at Facebook.

Hear more from Jack on why Facebook supports updating regulations on the internet’s most pressing challenges, including reforming Section 230 to set clear guidelines for all large tech companies.

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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Space station 

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Lol:

 

Jack-o-lantern 

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ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in. President Biden is in New Jersey today.

8:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.

9:40 a.m. EDT: President Biden leaves Delaware and heads to New Jersey.

11:20 a.m. EDT: President Biden visits East End Elementary School in North Plainfield, N.J., to discuss his Build Back Better agenda. 

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. 

4:05 p.m. EDT: President Biden returns to the White House.

5:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden meets with the official delegation of the Orthodox Christian Church.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Two confirmation votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3C8YjqS 

6:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3BcFhyw 

Wednesday: The Congressional Women’s Softball Game. https://bit.ly/2XGY87a

WHAT TO WATCH:

Today: Facebook whistle-blower France Haugen testifies before the British Parliament. Livestream and updates from The New York Timeshttps://nyti.ms/3nkHsLC 

10 a.m. EDT: White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills OSHA suspends enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses Inflation raises focus on Biden Fed pick MORE spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3EaKMzN 

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on his social spending plan in Kearny, N.J. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3nsQo1n

IN LIGHTER NEWS:

Today is National Greasy Foods Day.

You had me at ‘fried chicken’:

Via Washingtonian’s Ann Limpert and Anna Spiegel, ‘Western Market,’ a new food hall in Washington, D.C.’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood is now open. https://bit.ly/3CpB0ck 

Featured vendors: Capo Deli, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, RAWish and Roaming Rooster

List of vendors opening soonhttps://bit.ly/3CpB0ck

And because you made it to the end, here is the best laugh track I’ve ever heard: 

 

A bunch of turkeys

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