The Biden administration's response to inflation hitting a 30-year high is expected to dominate this week's Sunday talk shows.
The Department of Labor released data on Wednesday showing that the consumer price index, which tracks inflation for a range of goods and services, rose 6.2 percent in the 12 months leading into October, marking the highest annual inflation rate reported since November 1990.
The data comes as President BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE faces pressure to combat rising prices in food and gas — both of which have driven the inflation spike — and as he has pushed Democrats to pass a $1.75 trillion social spending package.
Biden said Wednesday that the package, known as the Build Back Better Act, would combat inflation because it would help get Americans back to work by reducing the costs of health coverage and child and elder care.
But inflation may give Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money — No SALT, and maybe no deal The names to know as Biden mulls Breyer's replacement Poll: Sinema approval higher among Arizona Republicans than Democrats MORE (D-W.Va.) and other centrist Democrats more leverage to further cut down the spending bill.
Manchin warned Wednesday that lawmakers could “no longer ignore” inflation. While his comment didn’t directly mention the spending bill, the West Virginia senator has previously cited inflation as a reason for not supporting a package above $1.5 trillion.
Brian DeeseBrian DeeseBiden seeks to save what he can from Build Back Better Momentum builds to prohibit lawmakers from trading stocks Hillicon Valley — Airlines issue warning about 5G service MORE, director of the White House National Economic Council, told NPR on Tuesday that inflation is “absolutely a concern” for the Biden administration, adding that the president “really understands” how small increases in prices can impact Americans.
“Which is why, if you look at our economic plan, it is focused on how we can relieve those price pressures in both the short term and the long term," he added.
Deese is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “This Week,” NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
In addition to inflation, the Biden administration was dealt another blow this week relating to its COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate for large business.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued an order upholding a stay it imposed on the mandate last weekend in response to a legal challenge from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R).
The mandate, which was set to take effect on Jan. 4, requires businesses with over 100 employees to mandate that their employees either get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.
Surgeon General Vivek MurthyVivek MurthyWHO sees slowdown in omicron surge The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote Maryland Democrat announces positive COVID-19 test MORE said last weekend that the Biden administration was “prepared” to defend the mandate.
Both Paxton and Murthy will appear on “Fox News Sunday.”
Below is the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows:
ABC’s “This Week” — Brian Deese, director of the White House National Economic Council; Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoWatch: GOP leaders discuss Biden's first year in office McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks Senate Minority Whip Thune, close McConnell ally, to run for reelection MORE (R-Wyo).
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Deese; Gov. Chris SununuChris SununuThe Armageddon elections to come Legislatures move to limit governor powers after pandemic Juan Williams: It's Trump vs. McConnell for the GOP's future MORE (R-N.H(; Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House CIA says 'Havana syndrome' unlikely a result of 'worldwide campaign' by foreign power The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta MORE (D-Calif.)
CBS’ “Face the Nation" — Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet YellenYellen says Biden's COVID-19 relief bill 'acted like a vaccine for the American economy' On the Money — Yellen highlights wealth gap in MLK speech Yellen: US has 'much more work' to close racial wealth gap MORE; Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Colorado trucker's case provides pathways to revive pardon power Biden addresses Coloradans after wildfires: 'Incredible courage and resolve' MORE (D-Colo.); David Malpass, president of the World Bank Group; Neel Kashkari, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
CNN’s “State of the Union” — Deese; Reps. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonThe fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump House Republican, Democrat say political environment on Capitol Hill is 'toxic' Sunday show preview: Omicron surges, and Harris sits for extensive interview MORE (R-Mich.), and Karen BassKaren Ruth BassBass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (D-Calif.)
“Fox News Sunday” — Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. surgeon general; Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” -- Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFlake meets with Erdoğan in first official duties as US ambassador Senate Republicans press federal authorities for information on Texas synagogue hostage-taker Biden trails generic Republican in new poll, would face tight race against Trump MORE (R-Texas); Kash Patel, Former Chief of Staff for the DOD; Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanReps ask Capitol Police Board for information on 'insider threat awareness program' Are the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? Biden: A good coach knows when to change up the team MORE (R-Ohio); Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsJan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote Lobbying world Sunday shows preview: Biden administration confronts inflation spike MORE, former Georgia Congressman (R) // Author, "The Clock and The Calendar"