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IN CONGRESS

Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerBreyer retirement throws curveball into midterms Schumer vows to vote on Biden Supreme Court pick with 'all deliberate speed' Voting rights failed in the Senate — where do we go from here? MORE’s confidence is ~truly~ unmatched:

 

 

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBreyer retirement throws curveball into midterms Schumer vows to vote on Biden Supreme Court pick with 'all deliberate speed' Voting rights failed in the Senate — where do we go from here? MORE (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to colleagues this morning, reiterating his goal of passing the Build Back Better (BBB) Act by Christmas. https://bit.ly/3GiWxFd 

Read the letter: https://bit.ly/3Dtrh4w

BUT THERE IS STILL LOTS OF SKEPTICISM ABOUT THAT TIMELINE:

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton writes that Democrats’ goal “ is slipping away as the Senate bogs down in one time-consuming fight after another.” https://bit.ly/3GiadQT 

The holdup on the bill: Senators have major disagreements on the bill, including whether to lift the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. 

Why the Senate can’t focus on those negotiations: Congress needs to raise the debt limit by Dec. 15, and that has been the focus. 

When Schumer is hoping to bring BBB to the floor: Next week, though that is a tight timeline. 

More likely timing: Democratic aides think BBB will more likely be worked out in January. 

We haven’t even discussed Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Health Care — ObamaCare gets record numbers On The Money — Economy had post-recession growth in 2021 Progressives apply pressure on Biden, Senate to pass Build Back Better MORE yet (!): “Adding to the uncertainty, maverick Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has expressed worries about inflation and hasn’t yet said whether he’ll even vote to begin debate on the package. He made it clear earlier this year that he wanted to take a ‘strategic pause’ to see how the economy reacts to the money being pumped into it by Congress.” 

How this saga could unfold: https://bit.ly/3GiadQT

CONGRESS BUMPED ITS RECESS:

The House added a week to its schedule, now beginning its holiday recess around Dec. 20. The Senate could potentially stay in session until Christmas. https://bit.ly/3EGecpS 

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS THIS WEEK:

Vaccine mandate: “Senate Republicans are set to net a temporary win on Biden’s vaccine mandate for larger employers … But the effort is expected to run into a wall in the House, where Republicans aren’t able to force a vote.” 

Defense spending: “The House is expected to take up a final deal on a sweeping defense policy bill this week after hitting speed bumps in the Senate.” 

Biden’s Build Back Better bill — wow, the alliteration in that phrase is truly phenomenal: Senate Democrats are trying to pass the Build Back Better Act by Christmas, though it’s an ambitious timeline.

Nominations: “The Senate will start the week with votes on Biden’s nominees, including an initial vote on Monday evening on Jessica RosenworcelJessica RosenworcelHillicon Valley — Airlines issue warning about 5G service Airlines warn of 'catastrophic' crisis when new 5G service is deployed In this critical moment for digital access, we must confirm Gigi Sohn for the FCC MORE’s nomination to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission.”  

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jordain Carney: https://bit.ly/3EGecpS

It’s Monday. 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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NEWS THIS MORNING

Campaign reporters casually googling ‘things to do while visiting Georgia’:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood, “Former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueBiden approval rating drops to 34 percent in Georgia: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Who will replace Justice Breyer? Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll MORE (R-Ga.) launched a challenge to Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempBiden approval rating drops to 34 percent in Georgia: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Who will replace Justice Breyer? Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll MORE (R) on Monday, setting up a primary fight between two Republican titans in one of the most competitive political battlegrounds of the 2022 election cycle.” https://bit.ly/3osLGCL 

Quick catch-up on today’s announcement: “Perdue has been weighing a bid for office ever since he lost a runoff election to Sen. Jon OssoffJon OssoffBiden approval rating drops to 34 percent in Georgia: poll Perdue tests positive for COVID-19, campaign says Missouri Senate candidate says Congress members should go to jail if guilty of insider trading MORE (D-Ga.) in January. He ruled out another Senate bid earlier this year, but had grown more serious in recent months about challenging Kemp, a one-time ally of former President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE who irked the former president last year after he refused to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.”

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Businesses are holding their breath:

Via The Hill’s Karl Evers-Hillstrom, “The omicron variant poses a new threat to businesses that were already struggling to recover from the economic damage done by previous strains of the virus.” https://bit.ly/32XLzXj 

Specifically: Gyms and restaurants have taken a major hit. Airlines, concert venues and other industries have also been struggling.  

Experts don’t expect a return to early pandemic lockdowns: “Thanks to the prevalence of vaccines, U.S. officials don’t foresee a return to the early days of the pandemic, when entire sectors of the economy were forced to shut down. But experts still worry that many businesses that barely overcame the delta variant might not survive another outbreak.”  

Where the variant stands: “Several states have detected cases of the omicron variant, which health experts say could be more contagious than the delta variant. Shortly after scientists in South Africa discovered the omicron variant, the country’s COVID-19 cases spiked dramatically.”  

Where businesses stand as the new variant spreads: https://bit.ly/32XLzXj

You raise a good question:

 

CDC vaccine compliance 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3Giddgi

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 49,097,146 

U.S. death toll: 788,418 

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 462 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 949,494 doses

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

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

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Oh, make this a reality show STAT:

Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitano, “The Biden administration on Monday released the first-ever United States Strategy on Countering Corruption, which focuses on preventing bad actors using the U.S. and international financial systems to hide assets and launder money.” https://bit.ly/3IrDxqb

 

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Why Facebook supports updated internet regulations, including Section 230

 

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

Hear more from Aaron 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.

 

REMEMBERING BOB DOLE

Rest in peace, Bob Dole:

Former Republican Sen. Bob Dole (Kan.) died yesterday at the age of 98. 

From his New York Times obituary: “A Republican, Mr. Dole was one of the most durable political figures in the last decades of the last century. He was nominated for vice president in 1976 and then for president a full 20 years later. He spent a quarter-century in the Senate, where he was his party’s longest-serving leader until Mitch McConnell of Kentucky surpassed that record in June 2018.” More from his obituary: https://nyti.ms/3IpvSbD

LAWMAKERS REMEMBER DOLE:

Here are some of their reactions: https://bit.ly/3rFu5JD

A lighter tidbit — Lol, that’s pretty good:

 

Bob Dole and his leaky campaign plane 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3ouQ0Ba 

LATEST WITH THE ABORTION FIGHT

Activists are taking their battle positions:

Via The Hill’s Julia Manchester, “Activists and political candidates in key swing states are preparing for midterm elections that could take place just months after the biggest overhaul to abortion rights the U.S. has seen in almost 50 years.” https://bit.ly/31pj4BL

Keep in mind: A decision is expected in June or July, roughly five months before the midterms (!) 

What this could mean for the November 2022 midterms: https://bit.ly/31pj4BL

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Very, very carefully. Don’t rush:

 

The Capitol Gingerbread House is on the move 

Watch: https://bit.ly/3DtGB1f

Last night in Washington, DC:

 

The second family heads to the Kennedy Center 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3Il0pYp

Back story: “President Joe Biden celebrated artists including Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell and Lorne Michaels on Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors, bringing back presidential participation to an annual event skipped by Republican Donald Trump.” (More from Reuters’s Jeff Mason and Trevor Hunnicutt) https://reut.rs/3IpzhHK

ON TAP:

The Senate is in. The House is out. President BidenJoe BidenCourt nixes offshore drilling leases auctioned by Biden administration Laquan McDonald's family pushes for federal charges against officer ahead of early release Biden speaks with Ukrainian president amid Russian threat MORE and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. 

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

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets. The Senate’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3xXbNVx

5:30 p.m. EST: A Senate cloture vote on a nomination. 

WHAT TO WATCH:

1 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBriefing in brief: WH counters GOP attacks on planned SCOTUS pick The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems ready for Supreme Court lifeline Biden to deliver remarks with Breyer at the White House on Thursday MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3EtCT9h 

2 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers remarks on the Build Back Better Act and its prescription drug price components. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3dqjoT2

IN LIGHTER NEWS:

Today is National Gazpacho Day.

And to start the week with a good competition, here’s a well-matched noodle-eating contest: https://bit.ly/3pyQA03