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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden commits to $1,400 stimulus checks | Tells Home Dems ‘I’ll have your again’ | Urges them to ‘go huge, not small’ | The place the aid bundle stands | COVID aid checks Dem unity | Home Republicans gear up for heated assembly at the moment over Cheney, Greene | Trump, McConnell battle for GOP’s future | Schumer, McConnell finalize energy sharing settlement | Buttigieg sworn in as transportation secretary | One yr since Iowa Caucuses | Golden Globe nominees revealed | Obama crashes guide membership
NEWS THIS MORNING
You scratch my again and I’ll scratch yours:
By way of The Hill’s Scott Wong, In a name with Home Democrats this morning, President Biden dedicated to giving Individuals a further $1,400 stimulus test within the new coronavirus aid bundle. https://bit.ly/2YGQLK4
Biden’s message to Home Dems: “Go huge, not small” on this COVID aid bundle and to remain unified.
Biden instructed Dems: “I am going to have your again. I ask that you’ve mine.”
That bizarre limbo interval is coming to an finish:
By way of The Hill’s Jordain Carney, After being in limbo since Jan. 20 when Democrats took the Senate majority, Majority Chief Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCapitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick lies in honor in Rotunda Democrats offer resolution denouncing white supremacists ahead of Trump trial Lobbying world MORE (D-N.Y.) and Minority Chief Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGreene’s future on House committees in limbo after GOP meeting GOP lawmaker pushes measure to remove Omar from Foreign Affairs panel House Republicans gear up for conference meeting amid party civil war MORE (R-Ky.) lastly reached a deal to run the 50-50 Senate. https://bit.ly/3tp2db1
Schumer mentioned from the Senate ground this morning: “We’ll move the decision by way of the Senate at the moment, which signifies that committees can promptly arrange and get to work with Democrats holding the gavels.”
What the Senate had been doing till now — it had been a bit awkward: “Although Democrats managed the ground, Republicans nonetheless wielded energy in Senate committees as a result of the chamber hadn’t handed a brand new organizing decision for the 117th Congress.”
The Golden Globe nominations are out!:
By way of Selection’s Natalie Oganesyan and Jordan Moreau, right here’s the complete listing of nominations: https://bit.ly/3jhqbRc
Together with — for motion pictures: “The highest contenders within the movement image drama class embrace ‘The Father,’ ‘Mank,’ ‘Nomadland,’ ‘Promising Younger Girl and The Trial of the Chicago 7.’”
And for tv: “The highest TV classes embrace ‘Emily in Paris,’ ‘The Flight Attendant,’ ‘The Nice,’ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘Ted Lasso’ within the musical or comedy area; whereas ‘The Crown,’ ‘Lovecraft Nation,’ ‘The Mandalorian,’ ‘Ozark’ and ‘Ratched’ paved the way within the drama class.”
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CRAZY TIDBIT — OH HOW WE’VE AGED SINCE THEN:
The Iowa Caucuses occurred one yr in the past at the moment (!) And this morning, Iowa’s winner, Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegGrenell congratulates Buttigieg on becoming second openly gay Cabinet member Overnight Energy: Automakers withdraw from litigation over California vehicle emissions standard |Senate confirms Buttigieg as Transportation secretary | Republicans introduce long shot bill to circumvent Biden on Keystone XL Senate confirms Buttigieg as Transportation secretary MORE, was sworn in as transportation secretary by Vice President Harris to serve within the administration of President Biden, who got here in fourth that day.
Lol — he’ll all the time be Mayor Pete in my coronary heart: The Huffington Put up’s Elise Foley tweeted, “Secretary Mayor Pete.” Correct. https://bit.ly/3rhbyzZ
LATEST WITH THE COVID RELIEF PACKAGE
*practice whistle* — Biden’s Amtrak practice to the $1.9 trillion invoice is warming as much as go away the station:
By way of The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “President Biden and Democrats are signaling they’ll transfer ahead with a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid invoice through the use of particular funds guidelines to sidestep a GOP filibuster.” https://bit.ly/3ty8i5k
Biden spoke with Dems the day after his assembly with Republicans: Yesterday, Biden met with a gaggle of 10 Republican senators to debate the aid bundle. And after that assembly, Biden known as into a gathering of Senate Democrats and instructed them to go huge and transfer rapidly.
What to take from Biden’s message: “Whereas going ‘huge’ doesn’t rule out any settlement between White Home and Republicans, it suggests Biden needs to maneuver ahead with a a lot bigger bundle that even centrist Republicans say they might help regardless of the president’s statements that he additionally needs to unify Washington and work with Republicans.”
WHERE THE PROPOSAL STANDS:
Yesterday: “Senate Democrats took a primary step … towards passing a coronavirus aid invoice — with or with out GOP help. The Senate voted 50-49 to proceed to a funds decision that greenlights passing a separate coronavirus aid invoice by way of reconciliation, avoiding a 60-vote legislative filibuster.” https://bit.ly/2MsZwog
And at the moment: “The Home is anticipated to move its funds decision Wednesday. The Senate will now must undergo tens of hours of debate and a marathon session often called a vote-a-rama, earlier than they’ll maintain a remaining vote on the funds decision.”
The complications simply don’t appear to go away, even they’ve each chambers:
By way of The Hill’s Jordain Carney, the mammoth coronavirus aid invoice is creating an early check of unity throughout the Democratic Get together. https://bit.ly/3pLBCD3
How so: “Democrats are poised to move a funds decision this week that can enable them to bypass the 60-vote legislative filibuster within the Senate. It’s a vital step, but additionally the simplest as a result of it’s successfully a shell invoice that solely caps how a lot they’ll spend with out ironing out the coverage particulars.”
What would occur subsequent: “They’ll now must resolve these fights, together with over adjustments to the minimal wage and one other spherical of direct checks, with no room for error. If Democrats are going to move coronavirus aid alongside celebration strains, they’ve a 10-seat benefit within the Home and would wish the vote of each member of the Senate Democratic caucus, a probably herculean process.”
How this might play out: https://bit.ly/3pLBCD3
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Coronavirus circumstances within the U.S.: 26,446,439
U.S. demise toll: 447,737
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Complete variety of vaccinations administered within the U.S.: 33.7 million pictures have been given
Seven-day common of doses administered: A mean of 1.32 million doses.
For context: The U.S. inhabitants is roughly 331 million
Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
IN OTHER NEWS
We now have Donald Trump operating The Get together Planning Committee … And now we have Mitch McConnell operating The Committee To Plan Events:
By way of The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Within the battle for the way forward for the Republican Get together, there are two competing energy facilities: one is former President TrumpDonald TrumpGeorgia secretary of state opens investigation into Lin Wood over illegal voting allegations Schiff lobbying Newsom to be appointed California AG: reports Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick lies in honor in Rotunda MORE, the opposite Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).” https://bit.ly/3tn880u
McConnell’s perspective: “McConnell clearly has come to see Trump — and Trumpism — as a legal responsibility for his celebration sooner or later. Comparisons are drawn with the rise of the Tea Get together roughly a decade in the past — a improvement which on one hand gave the GOP a brand new infusion of power and on the opposite produced eccentric nominees who misplaced winnable Senate races. McConnell and the remainder of the GOP institution are determined to not repeat that state of affairs.”
Trump loyalists very a lot disagree: “They argue that the institution has a tremendously inflated sense of its personal recognition past the Beltway. They notice that, among the many celebration’s activist base, Trump stays the preferred Republican within the nation by far.”
The total story — the dynamic is fascinating: https://bit.ly/3tn880u
Occurring at the moment — this might be ugly:
By way of The Hill’s Juliegrace Brufke, “Home Republicans are gearing up for what is anticipated to be a heated convention assembly on Wednesday, when members are slated to debate Home Republican Convention Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGreene’s future on House committees in limbo after GOP meeting House Republicans gear up for conference meeting amid party civil war Gulf grows between GOP’s McConnell, McCarthy MORE’s (Wyo.) future in management.” https://bit.ly/39OkJSN
One other enjoyable subject: “The mounting controversies surrounding first-year GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) — a QAnon conspiracy theorist who has come underneath fireplace for various earlier racist and violent statements — and the affect they’re having on the celebration can be anticipated to be a subject of debate.”
Getting traction — ah, the content material we deserve:
In case you missed it, take a look at this month on a calendar — so satisfying!:
Although I ought to point out, it hasn’t been 200 years. The calendar seemed like this in 2010. Nevertheless it nonetheless seems cool!
The Home and Senate are in. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C.
9:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Harris ceremonially swore in Pete Buttigieg as secretary of transportation.
5 – 6 p.m. EST: The Home votes. The Home’s full agenda at the moment: https://bit.ly/3jaTo02
5:30 p.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris obtain the President’s Each day Temporary.
WHAT TO WATCH:
This morning: A memorial service on Capitol Hill for Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed in the course of the Jan. 6 rebellion. Livestream: https://bit.ly/39HzSVE
11 a.m. EST: The White Home’s COVID response crew held a information convention. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3jclgRg
1:30 p.m. EST: White Home press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhite House says Space Force work will continue Biden on immigration orders: ‘I’m eliminating bad policy’ Biden offers condolences to families of FBI agents killed in Florida MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3oI5Zsv
three p.m. EST: The Home Guidelines Committee discusses eradicating Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from Home committees. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3jeRwU7
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…:
At present is Nationwide Carrot Cake Day.
When Congress collides with the Tremendous Bowl — right here’s a chunk of trivia:
The Hill’s Reid Wilson tweeted, “Three members of Congress (two present, one former) have performed in Tremendous Bowls. Who’re they?” https://bit.ly/39HsFVx
Listed here are the solutions: https://bit.ly/3jcewTw
I really like tales like this:
By way of TMZ, Former President Obama crashed a digital guide membership assembly that was studying his memoir. https://bit.ly/39Hwp9K
The guide golf equipment — Obama even commented on the second membership’s title lol: “MahoganyBooks & the Very Good Brothas Ebook Membership”
Video — the reactions are fairly humorous: https://bit.ly/39Hwp9K
And since you made it this far, listed here are two canines discussing a power-sharing settlement: https://bit.ly/39JLOXd