The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Dems barrel towards voting rights vote with no outcome
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Senate Democrats are beginning debate on the voting rights legislation that has no clear plan for passage.
Watch the debate live: https://bit.ly/3twRk9Q
WHY THIS IS A STICKY SITUATION:
Via The New York Times’s Catie Edmondson, “The push to proceed even in the face of almost certain failure reflects the party’s conundrum, facing two key defections in its ranks and a wall of Republican opposition.”
And assuming the bills fail: It would be President Biden’s second failed priority in the past month — in a Congress that his party controls. https://nyti.ms/3GFbylB
Senate Democrats are looking into alternative plans for passing the voting rights bills as two moderate Democratic senators refuse to give their party enough votes to alter the filibuster rules. https://bit.ly/3rMuGYH
Another plan that’s gaining traction among Dems: “[Some] Democrats are discussing a novel approach to circumventing a Republican filibuster that may allow voting rights legislation to pass with 51 votes without changing the Senate’s rules … They hope that the Republican opposition may tire itself out after a few days or weeks…” Then a final vote could happen.
The flaw with this plan: “The problem with this approach, according to Democrats familiar with the discussion, is that it hasn’t been attempted in decades and no one is quite sure how it would play out procedurally.”
How this could play out, via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: https://bit.ly/3rMuGYH
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IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Reuters’ Andrea Shalal and Jarrett Renshaw are reporting that the White House is preparing another social spending package that includes elements of the failed Build Back Better Act. https://reut.rs/3rMHi1Z
The gist of the new proposal: The bill would “keep climate change measures but pare down or cut items like the child tax credit and paid family leave.”
The goal: For Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to be on board
The full Reuters report: https://reut.rs/3rMHi1Z
^ HOLD UP — THE WHITE HOUSE IS DENYING THIS REPORT:
White House spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement: “Reuters is wrong. We are always in touch with members about this, and the substance and details of this report are off-base.”
More context from The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant: https://bit.ly/3tDIYxk
‘BLAME GAME INTENSIFIES OVER NATION’S DIVIDE’:
Read Niall Stanage’s column in The Hill: https://bit.ly/33Lrq7k
IN THE GOP
Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood, “The long-simmering tensions between former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) are reaching a boiling point ahead of a potential 2024 primary clash.” https://bit.ly/3A9TJZb
Trump’s big complaint with DeSantis: “Trump has griped behind the scenes for months about DeSantis’s rapid political rise, including chatter about a future White House bid.”
Another shot at DeSantis: “[Just] last week, Trump appeared to take a thinly veiled shot at DeSantis for refusing to say publicly whether he has received his COVID-19 booster shot. In an interview with the conservative One America News Network, the former president slammed ‘gutless’ politicians who won’t reveal their booster status, a comment that was widely viewed as aimed at [DeSantis].”
How this could play out in the GOP: https://bit.ly/3A9TJZb
NEW — I SPY A NEW NICKNAME, ‘DULL DESANTIS,’ COMING:
Axios’ Jonathan Swan is reporting that former President Trump is bashing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) as having a “dull personality.” https://bit.ly/3nC6Wox
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
The CEO of Moderna said that his company is working on a combined vaccine for COVID-19, the flu and RSV.
When it could be ready: Fall of 2023
In what context did Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel make these comments?: Speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum
In Bancel’s words: “Our goal is to be able to have a single annual booster so that we don’t have compliance issues where people don’t want to get two to three shots a winter. The best-case scenario would be the fall of 2023.”
The full story from Politico’s Douglas Busvine: https://politi.co/3rrUB7M
WOW — LOOK AT THE BREAKDOWN OF OMICRON CASES VS. OTHER VARIANTS:
Via Stat News’s Helen Branswell: https://bit.ly/3tB39f0
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF AMERICANS HAVE HAD COVID-19?:
At least 20 percent, according to data from Johns Hopkins University: https://bit.ly/33NdlWR
BEGINNING TOMORROW — HOW TO GET FREE COVID-19 TESTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT:
NBC’s Danielle Campoamor explains the process: https://on.today.com/3qFQFBe
The gist: Go to https://www.covidtests.gov/ to order tests.
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 66,457,054
U.S. death toll: 851,732
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 527 million shots have been given.
Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.37 million doses
For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.
Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
IN OTHER NEWS
Via The Washington Post’s Laura Vozzella, “Democrat Ralph Northam held up his end of the deal over the weekend, when he handed a practical joke-riddled Executive Mansion over to Republican Glenn Youngkin.” https://wapo.st/33OgXb6
One of the pranks: “In the governor’s office, Northam left a life-size cutout of former president Donald Trump, holding two thumbs up. The cardboard Trump had been kicking around Capitol Square since 2018, when outgoing Democrat Terry McAuliffe planted it in the office as a prank on the newly inaugurated Northam…”
That’s not all — here’s another prank Northam played on Youngkin: https://wapo.st/33OgXb6
The NFL posted a video of a kid interviewing San Francisco 49er Deebo Samuel. It’s very funny. Watch: https://bit.ly/3KmIukN
Comedian Jim Gaffigan has a wild idea: “They should bundle all the streaming services together and call it cable.” https://bit.ly/33Nw7h6
That tweet has more than 145,000 likes.
The House and Senate are in. President Biden and Vice President Harris are at the White House.
The Senate has no roll call votes scheduled.
10:15 a.m. EST: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.
11:15 a.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris received a weekly economic briefing.
6:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3rwtatt
WHAT TO WATCH:
Noon: White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Mitch Landrieu, the infrastructure implementation coordinator, hold a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/33Opz1L
Today: The Senate debates the voting rights bills. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3twRk9Q
IN LIGHTER NEWS:
Today is National Gourmet Coffee Day.
And because you made it this far, here’s a wobbly baby learning to sit: https://bit.ly/3FF2iw8
While the sound isn’t necessary, it’s highly encouraged 😉
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