Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting

Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting
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Increased support among senators for an infrastructure package introduced by centrist lawmakers and talks between President BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE and Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinDemocrats find a tax Republicans can support Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections MORE over cyber concerns are expected to dominate this week's Sunday shows circuit.

Two weeks ago, a group of 10 senators — five Republicans and five Democrats — introduced a scaled down version of Biden’s original $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal.

The bipartisan deal, which includes a $974 billion price tag to be allocated over five years, has met opposition from progressives who say that the package does not do enough to address climate change, among other things. 

Progressive stalwart Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAngst grips America's most liberal city Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats say they have the votes to advance .5T budget measure MORE (I-Vt), who will appear on NBC’s “Meet The Press” and CNN’s “State of the Union” said Monday he would not support the deal because it wasn’t directly tackling the issues of everyday Americans.

"I wouldn't vote for it," Sanders told reporters Monday evening. "The bottom line is there are needs facing this country. Now is the time to address those needs and it has to be paid for in a progressive way given the fact that we have massive income, wealth inequality in America."  

Other progressives, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCalifornia Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election MORE (D-Mass.) said earlier this week that they would not support a scaled-down package on its own. 

However, the centrists' package gained traction later this week after 10 more senators including Angus KingAngus KingNew Senate bill would hurt charities and those they serve Overnight Health Care: CDC advises vaccinated to wear masks in high-risk areas | Biden admin considering vaccine mandate for federal workers Four senators call on Becerra to back importation of prescription drugs from Canada MORE (I-Maine), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Trump takes two punches from GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-S.C.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris Senate starts infrastructure debate amid 11th-hour drama MORE (R-Ohio) threw their support behind the $974 billion proposal. A total of 21 senators now support the package. 

Portman will make an appearance on "Meet the Press" this weekend. 

On Wednesday, Biden and Putin met during a bilateral summit in Geneva, Switzerland, — the first time the two world leaders have met since Biden took office. The two leaders discussed the issue of cybersecurity and Biden urged the Russian president to keep certain infrastructure off limits from cyber attacks and to crack down on cyber criminal actions in Russia. 

“The principle is one thing. It needs to be backed up by practice. Responsible countries need to take action against criminals who conduct ransomware activities on their territory,” Biden told reporters in Geneva after his meeting with Putin.

It’s unclear whether Russia will change its behavior, but both leaders said their countries would have discussions in the future about cybsecurity.

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOfficers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work MORE (D-Calif.), who will appear on CBS’s “Face the Nation", applauded the results of the summit.

“It's time we set a new tone in our relationship with Russia. America is once again a strong, steadfast force for human rights and democracy around the world. And the days of turning a blind eye to Putin's many abuses are over,” Schiff tweeted.

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

ABC’s “This Week” — National security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanTop Biden adviser: Passing infrastructure deal is 'urgent national security imperative' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 Biden walks fine line with Fox News MORE

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Bernie Sanders ( I-Vt.); Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio); Fiona Hill, senior director for Russia and Europe on former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE’s National Security Council.

CBS’s “Face the Nation" — Hill, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.); Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Sullivan; Sanders; Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickGyms, hotels, bus companies make last-ditch plea for aid Democrats seek to calm nervous left Biden's corporate tax hike is bad for growth — try a carbon tax instead MORE (R-Pa.); Rep. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerLawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections MORE (D-N.J.); Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D)

“Fox News Sunday” — Sullivan; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Fox News's “Sunday Morning Futures” — Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTrump urged DOJ officials to call election corrupt 'and leave the rest to me' Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism Grassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa MORE (R-WI), Senate Committee on Homeland Security; Dr. Pierre Kory, Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine Specialist; James Craig, Former Detroit Police Chief; Bill White, Buckhead City Committee CEO; John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeUFOs are an intriguing science problem; Congress must act accordingly How transparency on UFOs can unite a deeply divided nation Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting MORE, Former DNI; Vernon Jones, Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate