The Hill's 12:30 Report: Businesses' post-holiday vaccine mandate

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Businesses' post-holiday vaccine mandate
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Remember when Biden announced a vaccine requirement for businesses? Well, here that is:

via GIPHY 

The Biden administration just announced the details of its vaccine requirement for businesses with at least 100 employees. 

From September?: Yes, Biden made the announcement in September. His administration has been hashing out the details ever since.

Who developed this rule: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

The requirement: Starting on Jan. 4, businesses with more than 100 employees must require workers to either get vaccinated or be tested for COVID-19 weekly. 

^ But health care workers don’t have the testing option: “A second rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires some 17 million health care workers to be vaccinated by the same deadline, Jan. 4, but with no option for weekly testing in lieu of vaccination. The rule covers all employees — clinical and non-clinical — at about 76,000 health care facilities that receive federal funding from Medicare or Medicaid.” (Via NPR’s Andrea Hsu) 

The administration says it has strong legal footing for this requirement: “Senior administration officials said OSHA’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) to enact the mandate is ‘well within OSHA’s authority under the law and consistent with OSHA's requirements to protect workers from health and safety hazards, including infectious diseases.’” (Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitano

How many workers this will cover: Roughly 84 million employees in the private sector

Read the full OSHA rules, via CNBC:



Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 46,254,383

U.S. death toll: 750,435

Breakdown of the numbers:



Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 425 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.13 million doses 

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

Breakdown of the numbers:


Via The Washington Post’s Lori Rozsa:

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Democrats are hitting the panic button after Tuesday’s weak performance in Virginia, worrying it is a preview of the 2022 midterms, reports The Hill’s Alexander Bolton. 

Democrats hadn’t been worried about giving up the Senate: The map is more favorable towards Democrats. 

But now they are: “Biden’s approval numbers have tanked amid a gridlocked Congress, and his dismal ratings were another anchor on McAuliffe in Virginia. It was also impossible not to interpret the tight race in New Jersey as reflective of broader problems.”

Republicans immediately seized the momentum: “Republicans immediately went on the offensive, announcing a new bid to go after swing-seat Democrats in the House. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyPressure grows to remove Boebert from committees Senate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill News reporting in an age of rampant mendacity MORE (R-Calif.) said his party might be able to flip as many as 60 seats.”

^Keep in mind: Republicans only need to flip a net of five seats to gain control of the House.

How both parties are reacting:


Lotsa finger pointing:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Morgan Chalfant, “Many expressed frustration at the gridlock on Capitol Hill.”

For example: Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffeNortham announces final steps in clearing, ceding area where Lee monument stood Judges uphold GOP win for Virginia state House seat, cementing party control of chamber To empower parents, reinvent schools MORE, the losing Democrat in Virginia, and his allies had pressed for the House to pass a Senate-approved bipartisan infrastructure bill months ago, believing it would help him. But that bill was stuck in a standoff between centrists and moderates over the broader Biden agenda.”

Mentioning 2010 is triggering for Dems: “For some Democrats, the results brought on a sense of déjà vu, drawing flashbacks to the 2009 governor’s contest in Virginia and the ‘shellacking’ — as former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden on Bob Dole: 'among the greatest of the Greatest Generation' Moving beyond the era of American exceptionalism The bully who pulls the levers of Trump's mind never learns MORE dubbed it — one year later in the 2010 midterm elections.” 

How Tuesday’s results is causing a reality check for Democrats:



Via The New York Times’s Shane Goldmacher, “Big Donors Financed Biden’s 2020 Run. Now They Get a Chilly Reception: Some of the top Democratic contributors have become increasingly frustrated with a lack of communication from the White House — and impatient with inaction on voting rights.”



Donald Trump’s stock lowered a bit:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE hailed Republican Glenn YoungkinGlenn YoungkinNortham announces final steps in clearing, ceding area where Lee monument stood Judges uphold GOP win for Virginia state House seat, cementing party control of chamber Georgia becomes ground zero for 2022 elections MORE’s victory in Virginia as a triumph, but the more compelling case is that his fortunes took a hit from the gubernatorial race.”  

Why this wasn’t necessarily a win for Trump: “Youngkin in defeating Democrat Terry McAuliffe has provided Republicans with a new template for victory. The blueprint doesn’t require repudiating the former president — but it doesn’t require kissing Trump’s ring, either.” 

This is welcomed news to Republicans who don’t like Trump: From former Rep. Charles Dent (R-Pa.), a moderate who retired during Trump’s presidency: “Youngkin was stiff-arming Donald Trump . Youngkin won by ignoring Trump and appealing to swing voters in a more traditional, thoughtful way.”

From former speechwriter to President George W. Bush, Jean Card: “I do think there is a new template, and that’s why I’m excited, personally. I have been a Republican my entire adult life, but I did not vote for Trump. I thought he was a bad leader for the Republican Party; it made me worry about the future for the party. And now there is another way.”

What this means for the future of the Republican Party:  


‘Idk, what do you want to do?’ ‘Idk, what do you want to do?’:



Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitano and Brett Samuels, “A poor night at the ballot box on Tuesday has left some Democrats questioning how best to move forward with President Biden’s spending plans and whether the party needs to refocus its agenda to win over voters.”

THIS A.M. — Joe ManchinJoe ManchinTrump haunts Biden vaccine mandate in courts IRS data proves Trump tax cuts benefited middle, working-class Americans most Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Dems press drillers over methane leaks MORE SAYS DEMOCRATS CAN’T GO TOO FAR TO THE LEFT:

Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) said in an interview on CNN’s “New Day” this morning: 

“I believe in President BidenJoe BidenChina eyes military base on Africa's Atlantic coast: report Biden orders flags be flown at half-staff through Dec. 9 to honor Dole Biden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package MORE. I still do and I will always, because he's a good person; he's here for the right reason. He really is in government for the right reason. We just have to work together. We can't go too far left.” 

Watch Manchin’s interview today:

Lol, the implied exhaustion in this quote:





Tidbit from yesterday’s social spending hearing:







Getting traction — here’s why you keep seeing references to 12 gallons of milk:





Check out some of the responses to this segment: 

Including NPR’s David Gura, who tweeted: “Last month, the average price of a gallon of milk was $3.58, according to @BLS_gov. But it hasn't been $1.99 in recent memory.”






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

The House’s full agenda today:

10 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief 

11 a.m. EDT: A cloture vote and a confirmation vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today:

1:45 p.m. EDT: A Senate confirmation vote.


10 a.m. EDT: Anthony FauciAnthony FauciMurthy says travel restrictions are 'temporary measures' Fauci calls Ron Johnson's AIDS comment 'preposterous': 'I don't have any clue of what he's talking about' Fauci: US 'hopefully' will lift African countries travel ban in 'reasonable period of time' MORE, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyNIH director says it's 'possible' omicron will not be last emerging variant CDC director confirms FDA in talks to streamline authorization of omicron-specific vaccine Sunday shows preview: Multiple states detect cases of the omicron variant MORE testified on the COVID-19 Response. Livestream:

2 p.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 holds a press briefing. Livestream:


Today is National Candy Day! Though in my opinion, this should be on Nov. 1, the day that all Halloween candy is discounted at CVS. That’s the holiday. 

And to brighten your afternoon, here’s a dog who got in a little over its head: