Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave
Democrats’ plan to pass President BidenJoe BidenBiden taps California workplace safety leader to head up OSHA Romney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS US mulling cash payments to help curb migration 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 ButtigiegButtigieg hopes cruises will return by mid-summer Biden to host bipartisan talks on infrastructure next week The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - World mourns the death of Prince Philip MORE, who will appear on ABC’s “This Week” and Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmBiden climate officials make case for infrastructure based on jobs, environment The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Biden turns focus to gun violence Watch live: Energy secretary to join Psaki at White House press briefing 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-CortezNew York City's suicide mission should alarm the entire nation Marjorie Taylor Greene rakes in over .2M in first quarter The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan 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 WalenskyOvernight Health Care: White House rebuffs call to send more vaccine doses to certain states | White House warns states to expect low weekly J&J vaccine shipments Watch live: White House COVID-19 response team briefing CDC data shows rise in Brazil variant detected in US 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 FauciTrump endorses Rand Paul for reelection The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Let's make a deal on infrastructure, taxes Overnight Health Care: UK coronavirus variant now most common strain in US | Over 500K sign up for ObamaCare in special period | EU finds 'possible link' between AstraZeneca vaccine, blood clots 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 BluntDC delegate pushes for removing Capitol fence despite car attack Coons says bipartisan infrastructure package 'likely' to be smaller, not fully financed Biden says compromise 'inevitable' on infrastructure plan MORE, (R-Mo.)
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Buttigieg; Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerBattle lines drawn on Biden's infrastructure plan GOP senator hammers Biden proposal to raise corporate tax rate Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave 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 RouseThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's infrastructure plan triggers definition debate Sunday shows - Infrastructure in the spotlight Biden economic adviser: 'It's important we upgrade our definition of infrastructure' 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 OmarOmar rips Bezos amid union fight: Forces workers to 'defecate in bags' Omar slams Biden admin for continuing 'the construction of Trump's xenophobic and racist wall' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's infrastructure plan triggers definition debate MORE, (D-Minn.); Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists MORE, (I-Vt.)
“Fox News Sunday” — Blunt, Osterholm; Brian DeeseBrian DeeseThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's infrastructure plan triggers definition debate Battle lines drawn on Biden's infrastructure plan Sunday shows - Infrastructure in the spotlight 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 BarrassoSunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave Lack of cyber funds in Biden infrastructure plan raises eyebrows As Congress considers infrastructure, don't forget rural America MORE (R-WY); Chad WolfChad WolfIntel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave Russia suspected of massive State Department email hack: report MORE, Former acting DHS Secretary; Candace Owens, Author of “Blackout”