The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Businesses’ post-holiday vaccine mandate
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NEWS THIS MORNING
Remember when Biden announced a vaccine requirement for businesses? Well, here that is:
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) https://n.pr/3GMIWr3
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) https://bit.ly/31wXmLJ
How many workers this will cover: Roughly 84 million employees in the private sector https://nyti.ms/3ELIAik
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 46,254,383
U.S. death toll: 750,435
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
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: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
‘FLORIDA BUSINESSES, CITIES AND SCHOOLS RISK BIG FINES FOR DEFYING THE GOVERNOR WITH PANDEMIC MANDATES’:
Via The Washington Post’s Lori Rozsa: https://wapo.st/3nROlUW
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DEMS REACT TO TUESDAY’S ELECTIONS
Cue Patrick Star’s WEEWOO alarm:
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. https://bit.ly/3EJe74v
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 McCarthy (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: https://bit.ly/3EJe74v
Lotsa finger pointing:
Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Morgan Chalfant, “Many expressed frustration at the gridlock on Capitol Hill.” https://bit.ly/3k3vuVG
For example: “Terry McAuliffe, 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 Obama dubbed it — one year later in the 2010 midterm elections.”
How Tuesday’s results is causing a reality check for Democrats: https://bit.ly/3k3vuVG
MEANWHILE FOR DEMOCRATIC DONORS:
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.” https://nyti.ms/31vHMQt
GOP REACTS TO TUESDAY’S ELECTIONS
Donald Trump’s stock lowered a bit:
Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Former President Trump hailed Republican Glenn Youngkin’s victory in Virginia as a triumph, but the more compelling case is that his fortunes took a hit from the gubernatorial race.” https://bit.ly/3bIIImd
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: https://bit.ly/3bIIImd
‘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.” https://bit.ly/2ZOUp8j
THIS A.M. — JOE MANCHIN 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 Biden. 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.” https://bit.ly/3o0LLMe
Watch Manchin’s interview today: https://bit.ly/31lmx3A
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: https://bit.ly/3GR9wir
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.” https://bit.ly/3k8tz2a
The House and Senate are in. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C.
The House’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/31v7yEu
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: https://bit.ly/3BEu7D2
1:45 p.m. EDT: A Senate confirmation vote.
WHAT TO WATCH:
10 a.m. EDT: Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky testified on the COVID-19 Response. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3mJodfH
2 p.m. EDT: White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3q5HyJT
IN LIGHTER NEWS:
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: https://bit.ly/3k84MLL
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