But once reconciliation is done, attention will turn to the large stack of Democratic-coalition priorities that are currently subject to a 60-vote requirement. It will not be easy for Schumer to tell the NAACP that his caucus values a “Senate tradition” (that is anti-constitutional, historically associated with Jim Crow rule, and less than two decades old in its present form) more than it values a new Voting Rights Act. Nor will it be easy for the majority leader to tell organized labor that it will just have to wait until next time to see a $15 minimum wage (assuming that doesn’t get through reconciliation) or collective-bargaining reform. And it might be hard for Schumer to accept that he probably won’t ever wield majority power again after 2022 because his caucus would rather maintain the GOP’s structural advantage in the upper chamber than abolish the filibuster and add new states. … [Read more...] about The Democrats’ Civil War Over the Filibuster Has Barely Begun
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Also TODAY, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Biden takes steps to boost number of vaccine doses sent to states | CDC researchers find 'little evidence' of major school outbreaks, with precautions | Eli Lilly says antibody combo significantly cuts COVID-19 death risk Biden takes steps to boost number of vaccine doses sent to states World surpasses 100M coronavirus cases MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, joins The Hill’s “Challenge of Our Time: The COVID-19 Vaccine” at 1:15 p.m. to discuss vaccine manufacturing. A second expert panel at 2:30 p.m. will discuss distribution. The first panel in addition to Fauci features Francis Collins, director, National Institutes of Health; Mikael Dolsten, chief scientific officer at Pfizer; Rep. Eddie Bernice JohnsonEddie Bernice JohnsonOvernight Health Care: Biden takes steps to boost number of vaccine doses sent to states | CDC researchers find 'little evidence' of major school outbreaks, with … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks vaccine for all by summer; Trump censure?
The Associated Press reported that Aubrey David, director of the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, led a group of workers in removing the headstones of German prisoners of war Alfred Kafka and Georg Forst on Wednesday morning. … [Read more...] about Two headstones with swastikas removed from Texas veterans cemetery
Biden’s executive order, first reported by The Washington Post, would likely instruct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to open a special enrollment period to allow anyone to sign up for ACA coverage outside of the standard sign up period, which runs for six weeks at the end of the calendar year. … [Read more...] about Biden to take action on ACA marketplaces, Medicaid
Noon: Vice President Harris ceremonially swears in Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Yellen thanks rapper behind Hamilton-style song about her: 'Your tune is money' On The Money: GOP digs in on defending Trump tax cuts | Democrats bullish on raising minimum wage | Financial sector braces for Biden's consumer bureau pick MORE as Treasury Secretary. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3cbJXfe … [Read more...] about The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Vaccination goals for 2021