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HAPPENING TODAY

Debating the kiddos:

 

 

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) vaccine advisory committee is meeting today to discuss whether to recommend the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.

What we know: Pfizer released data last week showing that the vaccine is 91 percent effective at preventing symptomatic disease in kids ages 5-11. https://bit.ly/2Z9XqQ 

Keep in mind — today’s decision isn’t binding but is very important: “The committee’s recommendations on whether to authorize vaccines are not binding, but the F.D.A. typically follows them in the days after the vote.” More from The New York Timeshttps://nyti.ms/3jCOhHn

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COMMITTEE’S LIVE DEBATE TODAY:

Watch it live: The committee started at 8:30 a.m. Here’s the livestream: https://bit.ly/3mhAIyA 

Stat News has a helpful liveblog of updateshttps://bit.ly/2XPQbwG

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 45,552,615 

U.S. death toll: 737,526

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 695,836 doses 

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

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

It’s Tuesday. 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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Why Facebook supports updated internet regulations

 

 

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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.

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

‘We’ll do what we have to do’:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin to vote to nix Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill MORE (D-W.Va.) said Democrats should use arcane budget rules to raise the debt ceiling if they can't get a deal with Republicans.” https://bit.ly/3Cj6mBF 

Manchin’s thinking: “Manchin, speaking at an Economic Club of Washington, D.C., event, first floated that the debt ceiling could be raised through the 14th Amendment …  But Manchin added that if Democrats can't get GOP support for that idea, then Democrats should use arcane budget rules known as reconciliation to raise the debt ceiling.”

TIDBIT FROM THE MIDDLE — JOE MANCHIN IS HAVING A BIT OF AN IDENTITY CRISIS:

When recently asked about whether his life would be easier if he became a Republican, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joked:  

"I don't think the R's would be any more happier with me than the D's right now... I don't know where in the hell I belong.” https://bit.ly/3EcGtUo

IN CONGRESS

What’s the holdup now?!:

Democrats appear to be close to a deal for their social spending bill, but a few outstanding disagreements are holding up its passage. https://bit.ly/3mfT9nC

FIVE ISSUES HOLDING UP THE SOCIAL SPENDING PACKAGE:

  1. Medicare and Medicaid expansions 
  2. Paid family leave 
  3. Taxes on the wealthy and corporations 
  4. Child tax credit 
  5. Climate change

Oh, those little ol’ details!

Where each standhttps://bit.ly/3mfT9nC

A DEADLINE DEMS ARE HOPING TO HIT:

President BidenJoe BidenManchin to vote to nix Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill MORE leaves for Rome, Italy, on Thursday and is hoping to reach a deal on his economic agenda before he leaves. https://bit.ly/3Gro883

This is putting Bernie Sanders in a really tough spot:

“Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Briahna Joy Gray says Chris Cuomo will return to CNN following scandal MORE (I-Vt.) is facing a gut-wrenching decision about whether to sign off on a whittled-down budget reconciliation package that is expected to fall short of his goal to expand Medicare and empower the federal government to negotiate lower prescription drug prices.” https://bit.ly/3pBHZeX 

Why specifically Bernie Sanders?: Sanders is the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. If he’s on board, other progressives are likely to follow. He’s been very vocal about dramatically expanding the size of the federal government and this bill is pretty watered down. 

^ Not to mention that Democrats can’t afford a single defection for the bill to pass. We’ve had our attention on Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaBiden should seek some ideological diversity Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Pence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin MORE (D-Ariz.), but the bill could tank just as easily with opposition from the left. 

How this could play out, via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: https://bit.ly/3pBHZeX

‘What if I told you there’s another way to pay for the bill but doesn’t necessarily mean raising tax rates?’:

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenate parliamentarian looms over White House spending bill Democrats push tax credits to bolster clean energy Five reasons for concern about Democrats' drug price control plan MORE (D-Ore.) is proposing a new annual tax on billionaires’ investment gains as a way to pay for Democrats’ social spending bill — and the proposal is actually gaining momentum. https://bit.ly/2XKwczh 

Why this is being floated: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is opposed to raising tax rates. 

How this would work: “Taxing billionaires’ unrealized capital gains annually, a concept known as ‘mark-to-market,’ is gaining steam … Currently, people do not pay taxes on capital gains until investments are sold … [In this policy,] eligible households would have to pay taxes annually on gains of tradable assets such as stocks. For non-tradable assets, billionaires would have to pay a charge when they sell the investments, on top of capital gains taxes.”  

How many taxpayers would this policy apply?: “…about 700 taxpayers with more than $1 billion in assets or $100 million in income for three years in a row.” 

Why some Democrats are wary of this proposal: It could be tricky to craft.

Everything we know about the proposal, via The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda: https://bit.ly/2XKwczh

AN EXPLAINER ON HOW THIS PROPOSAL WOULD WORK:

Via The New York Times’s Neil Irwinhttps://nyti.ms/2XKzQJu

 

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Why Facebook supports updated internet regulations

 

 

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

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INVESTIGATING JAN. 6

The group may be small but they are loud:

Via The Hill’s Tal Axelrod, “A small but vocal group of Republican midterm candidates with ties to the Jan. 6 insurrection is threatening to upend the GOP’s effort to make the 2022 cycle a referendum on President Biden, sparking a brewing headache for a party that’s been boasting of a wave next year.” https://bit.ly/3bahp4f 

How the GOP is trying to frame themselves: “The GOP has pounced on issues like stubbornly high coronavirus infection rates, a sluggish economy and the ugly Afghanistan withdrawal to train voters’ attention on Biden.”  

^ But the fringe campaigns may mess that up: “some Republicans say their messaging efforts could be disrupted by candidates who are running fringe campaigns but could force more mainstream contenders to spend time answering for their connections to the riot and former President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE’s spurious election fraud claims.”  

These fringe candidates could very well lose, but here’s the problem: “Many of the candidates with some connection to the insurrection are not expected to win the GOP primary in almost every race. But their campaigns still threaten to derail those of more conventional contenders.”

What to expecthttps://bit.ly/3bahp4f

GETTING TRACTION

Yikes:

“Liberty University threatened to punish students who came forward with reports of being raped for violating the school’s code of conduct, according to a new report published Monday by ProPublica.”  

Read the ProPublica reporthttps://bit.ly/2ZtZ8fT

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Tidbit:

 

Congressional art winners

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3EmlRtd 

Hahaha — this is incredible:

 

British television game show

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3nxKf46

ON TAP:

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

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

11 a.m. EDT: Three cloture votes in the Senate. 

Noon: Senators meet for weekly caucus meetings. 

12:15 p.m. EDTPresident Biden and Vice President Harris have lunch together.

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3mgPGVI 

2:30 p.m. EDT: Two more cloture votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3mf0Av0

7:50 p.m. EDT: President Biden campaigns with Terry McAuliffe in Arlington, Va.

WHAT TO WATCH:

Today: A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel is discussing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5-11. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3mhAIyA 

9 a.m. EDT: President Biden participated virtually in the annual U.S.-ASEAN Summit. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3b8TW3n

10 a.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Biden's winter COVID-19 strategy Biden lays out multi-pronged plan to deal with evolving pandemic White House defends travel ban on African countries MORE and national security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanBiden to receive 'regular updates' about Michigan school shooting Biden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions MORE held a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3BauEMM 

10 a.m. EDT: Executives from Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube testified on kids’ online safety on their platforms. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3vNavLq

IN LIGHTER NEWS:

Today is National Pumpkin Day!!

Look at Sen. Casey following TikTok trends:

 

Voting for presidents and in midterms

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3pTp7Z9 

^ If you don’t understand this reference: It’s a reference to the 13-year-old pug who decides which days he wants to stay in bed. The full storyhttps://wbur.fm/3jAMFOs

And to brighten your Tuesday, here’s a baby koala having a great afternoon: 

 

Koala in a tree

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3nqCJrL