The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems await CBO score for social spending bill

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems await CBO score for social spending bill
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By golly, they did it!:


Late on Friday night, the House finally passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill, sending it to 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’s desk.

What about the social spending bill?: Progressive and centrist Democrats agreed to a procedural vote to advance the social spending bill. 

“The result of those talks was a written commitment from five moderate Democrats — Reps. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerFive takeaways: House passes Biden's sweeping benefits bill Dems brace for score on massive Biden bill Democrats bullish they'll reach finish line this week MORE (N.J.), Ed CaseEdward (Ed) CaseMORE (Hawaii), Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyFlorida Republicans debate how far to push congressional remap Five takeaways: House passes Biden's sweeping benefits bill Overnight Energy & Environment — House passes giant climate, social policy bill MORE (Fla.), Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceFive takeaways: House passes Biden's sweeping benefits bill Dems brace for score on massive Biden bill Democrats bullish they'll reach finish line this week MORE (N.Y.) and Kurt SchraderWalter (Kurt) Kurt SchraderFive takeaways: House passes Biden's sweeping benefits bill House passes giant social policy and climate measure Democrats press toward vote on massive Biden bill MORE (Ore.) — to support the social spending package if the yet-to-be released cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is consistent with a White House analysis, no later than the week of Nov. 15.” 

Full breakdown from The Hill’s Cristina Marcos, Scott Wong, Mike Lillis and Aris Folley:


The bill includes funding for roads, bridges, rails, broadband internet, the electric grid and more. Here’s what’s in the bill, via The Associated Press’s Mary Clare Jalonick:


Via Politico’s Heather Caygle, Sarah Ferris, Nicholas Wu and Olivia Beavers:

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Come one, come all!:

The U.S. has lifted its travel ban for vaccinated international travelers. 

How it will work: “Under the new rules, fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter the U.S. if they can show proof of vaccination and a negative coronavirus test taken within three calendar days of travel. Unvaccinated Americans and children under the age of 18 are exempt from the requirement, but must take a test within one day of travel.” What we know from The New York Times:

Did we know this was coming?: Yes, the White House made the announcement in October. It took effect today.


Synchronized takeoff at Heathrow 


Pfizer’s next move — boosters for all adults:

Via The Washington Post’s Laurie McGinley, Lena H. Sun and Tyler Pager, “Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are expected to seek authorization for their coronavirus vaccine booster shot for anyone 18 and older, a move that could increase booster rates at a critical moment in the pandemic, according to three officials familiar with the situation.” 

When they may file the request: As early as this week (!)


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 46,488,429 

U.S. death toll: 754,431 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 431 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.47 million doses 

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

Breakdown of the numbers:


Are we on Trump presidential announcement watch?:

In an interview with Fox News, 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 said he will “probably” announce his final decision about whether to run for president in 2024 after the 2022 midterms. 

In Trump’s words: “I am certainly thinking about it, and we’ll see. I think a lot of people will be very happy, frankly, with the decision, and probably will announce that after the midterms.” 

^ Yes, but: Trump may not necessarily stick to that timeline. "A lot of great people who are thinking about running are waiting for that decision,” Trump said. “Because they’re not going to run if I run."

Sprinkle a big, heaping spoonful of controversy and you’ve got yourself a race:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “GOP senators are worried that former President Trump could thwart their hopes of winning back the Senate majority next year with his support for controversial primary candidates who they fear could turn away female voters.” 

For example — in Pennsylvania: “The latest bombshell to rock the 2022 Senate election landscape came this week when the estranged wife of Pennsylvania Senate candidate Sean Parnell testified in court Monday that he strangled her and hit their children. The allegation in a child custody hearing would be enough to derail a Senate campaign, but Parnell is still considered the front-runner in the Republican primary thanks to Trump’s powerful endorsement.” 

And in Georgia: “A similar dynamic is emerging in Georgia, where Trump has jumped in early to back candidates despite allegations from women of threatening behavior and sexual assault.”  

Some Republicans are understandably worried this could hurt their chances to retake the Senate:

Tidbit from the Parnell case:


The Snell, Parnell case


More from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Julian Routh


If you’re flying in or out of DCA any time soon:

Via Popville, two new security checkpoints are opening this week at Reagan National Airport. 

For example: “Beginning at 4 a.m. on November 9, departing passengers flying Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue and United will follow new signs to their gate through one of two new security screening checkpoints. Post-security, passengers traveling on these airlines will be able to move freely between Gates 10 and 59 without the need for re-screening.” 

List of what’s happening and when


Everyone is holding their breath for the winter:

Via The New York Times’s Talmon Joseph Smith, “With consumers already dealing with the fastest price increases in decades, another unwelcome uptick is on the horizon: a widely expected increase in winter heating bills.” 

How so: “Natural gas, used to heat almost half of U.S. households, has almost doubled in price since this time last year. The price of crude oil — which deeply affects the 10 percent of households that rely on heating oil and propane during the winter — has soared by similarly eye-popping levels.”  

What is Washington doing about it?: “Last week, the Biden administration released 90 percent of the $3.75 billion in funds dedicated to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program … Usually, funding for the program isn’t released until all budget items for the fiscal year are approved, but Congress recently made an exception as cold months approached and sparring over spending bills continued.” 

What to expect — and which areas are expected to be hit the worst:


Okaaaaay, I’m picking up what you’re putting down:


A nice sunset


Never miss a good selfie opportunity:


The Bidens stroll on the beach



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

8:45 a.m. EST: President Biden and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenWhite House holiday decorations available for 360 tour via Google Street View The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE returned to Washington, D.C., from Rehoboth, Del. 

10:15 a.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief.

9:30 p.m. ESTVice President Harris and second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud Biden and Harris host 'family' Hanukkah celebration with more than 150 guests Bidens to attend Kennedy Center Honors following Trumps' absence MORE leave for Paris.


1 p.m. EST: 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 and Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown Harris's office undergoes difficult reset The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron MORE hold a press briefing. Livestream 

2 p.m. EST: State Department spokesperson Ned Price holds a press briefing. Livestream 

2:50 p.m. EST: President Biden honors the Milwaukee Bucks for winning the 2021 NBA Championship. Livestream:


Today is National Cappuccino Day.

Omg, best headline I’ve read today:


Camels, llamas on the loose in Madrid


And because you read this far — on a Monday (!) — here’s a sloth who is thrilled to avoid exercise: