10 things in politics: Pelosi delays infrastructure vote
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With Phil Rosen.
1. ALL DAY: The infrastructure week continues. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has delayed the vote on President Joe Biden’s nearly $ 1 trillion infrastructure plan in the face of a massive progressive uprising. Biden and the White House wanted the legislation to show that Washington could still act in a bipartisan fashion. The story now, however, is an internal Democratic struggle.
Here is where things stand this morning:
Neither side blinked: House progressives have hijacked the infrastructure debate over fears the centrists would abandon or cut Biden’s massive $ 3.5 trillion social spending plan after the smallest infrastructure deal was passed. Politico cited sources as saying that party leaders were trying to persuade centrist-minded Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to agree to a $ 2.1 trillion package, instead of $ 3.5 trillion. For now, the centrists are not moving.
- Manchin’s previous suggestion sparked outrage: Manchin had previously responded to repeated calls for it to be more specific, saying he supported a $ 1.5 trillion spending plan, a massive $ 2 trillion cut from the House’s original proposal. White. Progressives were appalled by the offer. “It would mean decimating vital and important programs for working families,” Senator Bernie Sanders told the Washington Post of what would be cut if Manchin got what he wanted.
- The White House remains closely involved: Biden’s economic agenda remains on the line. Susan Rice, director of the White House’s Home Policy Council, was among the top advisers who met with top Democrats in Congress late into the night, reports The New York Times.
- The infrastructure week is not yet over: It’s Friday, but thanks to the bizarre procedures of Congress, it’s still Thursday in the House. Centrist lawmakers had insisted on voting on the infrastructure proposal by Thursday, so technically Pelosi could still tick that box. Leaving the Capitol, Pelosi told reporters, by roll call, that the two sides were “not billions of dollars apart. ”She then said there would be a vote on Friday.
Progressives celebrated after vote postponed: Pelosi has a reputation for having tough legislation right across the finish line. Often this has meant the flattening of progressives in its path. Journalists and commentators said it was a rare victory for liberal grassroots members.
Representative Ilhan Omar spiked football after one of her colleagues’ predictions did not come true:
- But it is clear that some of their colleagues are upset: “When the people of Iowa tell me they are fed up with Washington games, that’s what they mean,” Iowa Rep. Cindy Axne told The Times. “All at once or nothing is no way to govern.”
2. Congress has been successful in keeping government open: Infrastructure, of course, wasn’t the only focus of Congress on Thursday. Just hours before the government shutdown began, Biden signed an ongoing resolution that keeps the U.S. government funded until December 3. 175 votes. Only 34 House Republicans joined each House Democrat to vote for the measure. But Washington is not out of the woods. A payment default is still looming in 18 days.
3. Taxpayers Still Cut Government Checks to Stephen Miller: Miller – the chief immigration policy architect of the Trump administration and one of the most polarizing figures in Donald Trump’s circle – is one of 14 staff still in the government’s pay due to his job in Trump’s official office. Like all past presidents of the past decades, Trump has an annual government-funded budget to pay staff members who assist him in his post-presidential affairs. Unlike his predecessors, Trump appears to be gearing up for another White House race. Learn more about key Trump orbiting staff.
4. Judge Samuel Alito criticizes the Texas decision: Alito said it was “false and inflammatory” for critics to argue that the Supreme Court raped Roe v. Wade by allowing the Texas anti-abortion law to come into effect. He also turned his anger on journalists and politicians for using the term “shadow docket” to describe how the court increasingly made important decisions outside of the typical pleading process. “This performance fuels unprecedented efforts to intimidate the court,” Alito said. More information on his comments, which came just a day after Senators held a hearing on the growing use of the Shadow File.
5. Scarlett Johansson and Disney have come to an agreement: Johansson had sued Disney over its cast of Marvel’s “Black Widow”. She argued that the company’s decision to release the film simultaneously on its Disney + streaming platform and in theaters violated its contract and cost it millions of dollars in revenue. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
6. USPS slows mail delivery starting today: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s plan to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service is expected to slow delivery for many Americans, CBS News reports. Critics say the slower standards could cause some Americans to miss bill payments as well as other issues. Among the changes, CBS News wrote: “Americans should now expect letters and other mail to take up to five days to reach their destination, and vice versa.” One expert said mail delivery would now be slower than in the 1970s.
7. Janet Yellen wants to abolish the debt ceiling: The Secretary of the Treasury told lawmakers “It is very destructive to put the President and myself, the Secretary of the Treasury, in a situation where we might be unable to pay the bills.” Learn more about Yellen’s support for debt ceiling removal.
8. Governor Kristi Noem abandons Corey Lewandowski: The governor of South Dakota has said she will stop working with the former Trump adviser following reports that Lewandowski has been accused of sexual harassment against a GOP donor, The Washington Post reports. Trump has also reportedly cut ties with his first campaign manager. Charles Herbster, a candidate for GOP governor in Nebraska, also said he was asking Lewandowski to step down from his campaign, according to The Post. Learn more about the fallout from a former Trump aide.
9. Americans who are not eligible for COVID-19 boosters still receive: Pharmacies and doctor’s offices in the United States are handing out third doses of the vaccine without asking questions, even to people who are not yet supposed to receive boosters, reports the Wall Street Journal. Many places did not ask for proof of eligibility or confirmation before administering recalls. See if you’re among the 60 million Americans eligible for another jab.
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That’s all for the moment! Have a good week-end, especially if you don’t have anything planned.