Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave

Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave
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Democrats’ plan to pass President BidenJoe BidenBiden authorizes up to 0M for Afghan refugees Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE’s infrastructure package and a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 cases are expected to dominate this weekend's Sunday talk shows.

Democrats are working to determine the best way to pass President Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal, the administration's second major legislative push after Congress passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.

The president unveiled the package in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, and on Thursday tapped five agency heads to educate the public on the effort.

Among the agency heads are Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary The Hill's Morning Report - High-profile COVID-19 infections spark new worries MORE, who will appear on ABC’s “This Week” and Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmOVERNIGHT 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 Annual Energy Department report finds slight recovery in energy industry jobs MORE, who will appear on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Branded as the “American Jobs Plan,” Biden’s proposal includes repairing 20,000 miles of roads and 10,000 bridges; expanding broadband access to rural and underserved communities; replacing the nation’s lead pipelines and service lines to ensure clean water; investing in research and development and manufacturing; and expanding access to home and community-based care.

To pay for the plan, Biden's proposal includes an increase of the corporate tax rate, which would pay for the investments over 15 years.

The bill is not likely to gain GOP support a probability that will likely force Democrats to pursue a process called budget reconciliation, which allows the Senate to pass legislation with a simple majority.

This method was used to pass coronavirus relief.

However, Biden faces the added challenge of continuing to court lawmakers within his own party so as not to lose any Democratic votes in a 50-50 Senate. While the attention could focus on moderates, some progressives have indicated that they want to see more included in the infrastructure package. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary On The Money: Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' | Frustration builds as infrastructure talks drag MORE (D-N.Y.) said last Tuesday that that the proposal wasn’t “nearly enough” to address climate change.

Meanwhile, experts are warning of a possible fourth wave of coronavirus infections.

Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyUnvaccinated nursing instructor urges COVID-19 shot from hospital bed after infection Large majority of unvaccinated say they don't intend to get the shot: poll McConnell pushes vaccines, but GOP muddles his message MORE, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned of “impeding doom” over a possible fourth wave during a White House COVID-19 briefing.

Walensky said last Monday that the seven-day average of new cases is around 60,000 cases per day, rising after they had stagnated.

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciGOP Rep. Cawthorn says he wants to 'prosecute' Fauci The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel McConnell pushes vaccines, but GOP muddles his message MORE, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on Thursday that he wouldn’t have used the words “impending doom,” but still warned that the nation shouldn’t let its guard down too quickly.

 

Below is the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows:

ABC’s “This Week” — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Schumer back down on his deadline? GOP fumes over Schumer hardball strategy Cybersecurity bills gain new urgency after rash of attacks MORE, (R-Mo.)

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Buttigieg; Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerHere's evidence the Senate confirmation process is broken Commerce office used racial profiling operating as 'rogue' police force: Senate report Rand Paul introducing measure to repeal public transportation mask mandates MORE, (R-Miss.); Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

CBS’s “Face the Nation"Cecilia RouseCecilia RouseOn The Money: Inflation spike puts Biden on defensive | Senate Democrats hit spending speed bumps | Larry Summers huddles with WH team Larry Summers, White House officials meet to discuss Biden agenda Biden releases T budget that foresees decade of trillion-dollar deficits MORE, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; Rep. Ritchie Torres, (D-N.Y.); Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation; Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm; Gov. Tate Reeves, (R-Miss.); Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy MORE, (D-Minn.); Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE, (I-Vt.)

“Fox News Sunday” — Blunt, Osterholm; Brian DeeseBrian DeeseJust 6.5 percent of rental aid has reached tenants, landlords: Treasury Trouble: IRS funding snags bipartisan infrastructure deal On The Money: Inflation spike puts Biden on defensive | Senate Democrats hit spending speed bumps | Larry Summers huddles with WH team MORE, director of the White House's National Economic Council.

Fox News Channel’s "Sunday Morning Futures" Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General; Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOvernight 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 Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices MORE (R-WY); Chad WolfChad WolfCongress needs to reform the Vacancies Act to keep the business of government on stable footing Trump, on trip with GOP, slams 'sick' state of US-Mexico border Texas Democrats representing border districts slam Trump visit MORE, Former acting DHS Secretary; Candace Owens, Author of “Blackout”