Sunday shows - COVID-19 relief, cyberattack dominate

Sunday shows - COVID-19 relief, cyberattack dominate
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Negotiations over another round of coronavirus relief and a cyberattack targeting federal agencies dominated the Sunday morning political talk shows.

Passage of a coronavirus aid package and omnibus spending legislation could happen as early as Sunday after key senators reached a deal late Saturday.

Multiple guests also discussed the cyberattack, which officials have blamed on Russia, as well as a possible response.

Read The Hill's complete coverage below.

GOP senator: COVID-19 relief package 'gets done today'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Wyoming Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoFormer Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi dies after bicycle accident Overnight Energy: Senate panel advances controversial public lands nominee | Nevada Democrat introduces bill requiring feds to develop fire management plan | NJ requiring public water systems to replace lead pipes in 10 years Senate panel advances controversial public lands nominee in tie vote MORE (R-Wyo.) expressed optimism on Sunday that the Senate would reach a deal on another coronavirus relief package after months of talks.

“This gets done today, no more delays, we’re not leaving until we have relief for the American people,” Barrasso said on “Fox News Sunday.”
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Operation Warp Speed chief: Pandemic will get worse due to Christmas gatherings
By JOHN BOWDEN
 
Moncef Slaoui, head of Operation Warp Speed, warned Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that the U.S. is likely headed for even higher numbers of new COVID-19 cases and daily deaths due to Christmas gatherings.
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White House testing czar says Trump should get vaccine to boost public confidence
By JOSEPH CHOI 
 
Adm. Brett Giroir, the White House's testing czar, said on Sunday that he would encourage President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE to get the coronavirus vaccine in public in order to boost confidence among his followers.
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Surgeon general: Immigration status should not be barrier to receiving COVID-19 vaccine
By JOHN BOWDEN
 
Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsIt's time we had 'safe havens' for vaccinated Americans The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Crunch time for bipartisan plan; first Jan. 6 hearing today Trump surgeon general: 'Pandemic is spiraling out of control' MORE encouraged undocumented immigrants across the U.S. to get vaccinated for COVID-19 when shots become available, saying during an interview on Sunday that it is a public health priority to see as many people vaccinated as possible.
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Economist Moore predicts coronavirus vaccine will be a boon to 2021 economy
By JORDAN WILLIAMS
 
Economist Stephen MooreStephen MooreWant to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement IRS controversies of the present, past haunt lawmaker talks Conservatives say bipartisan infrastructure deal shouldn't include IRS funding MORE predicted Sunday that the coronavirus vaccine effort currently rolling out across the U.S. will be a boon for the 2021 economy.
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Surgeon general nominee says more contagious viral strain in UK does not appear to be deadlier
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Former Surgeon General Vivek MurthyVivek MurthyFauci joins YouTube coronavirus special aimed at Black community Biden walks fine line with Fox News If you care about the First Amendment, this class action is for you MORE, whom President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE has nominated to return to the position, said Sunday that a new, more contagious coronavirus strain reported in the U.K. does not appear to be any deadlier.
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Former CDC official: 'Individuals across the administration' commented on COVID-19 guidance
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Amanda Campbell, the former deputy chief of staff for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on Sunday that the agency received feedback from “individuals across the administration” while developing guidance for the coronavirus pandemic, leading to delays.
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Romney calls for response 'of like magnitude or greater' to Russia hack
By JOHN BOWDEN 
 
Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill MORE (R-Utah) called for a response to a cyberattack on U.S. government systems on Sunday, and said that Russia should face consequences for its alleged involvement.
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Krebs: US should be 'cautious' about escalating cyber war with Russia
By JOHN BOWDEN
 
Former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) chief Christopher Krebs in an interview on Sunday poured cold water on lawmakers' calls for retaliation in response to a cyber intrusion at numerous government agencies believed to be carried out by Russia.
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Warner: 'All indications point to Russia' in cyberattack
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats join GOP in pressuring Biden over China, virus origins Senators say they have deal on 'major issues' in infrastructure talks On The Money: Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds | Trump tells Republicans to walk away | GOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden MORE (D-Va.) said on Sunday that "all indications point to Russia" in the massive cyberattack that targeted multiple U.S. government agencies, pushing back on President Trump's suggestion that China may have been responsible.
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Biden 'will not be discussing an investigation of his son with any attorney general candidates,' press secretary says
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
“He will not be discussing an investigation of his son with any attorney general candidates… he will not be discussing it with anyone he is considering for the role and he will not be discussing it with a future attorney general,” Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money: Biden asks Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration | Economic growth rose to 6.5 percent annual rate in second quarter Biden calls on Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? MORE said on “Fox News Sunday.”
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Granholm: Biden wants to take advantage of 'economic opportunity' in fighting climate change
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
"I am so excited about this George because this combating climate change is such an economic opportunity for this country there's going to be trillions of dollars spent globally on combating climate change by countries around the world," former Michigan Gov. Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmEnergy chief touts electric vehicle funding in Senate plan OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Western wildfires prompt evacuations in California, Oregon| House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Granholm announces new building energy codes Granholm announces new building energy codes MORE (D), President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Energy secretary, said on ABC's "This Week."
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