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2. Federal funding
Congress avoided a government shutdown last night when both houses voted in favor of an interim bill to extend funding until mid-February. It came after party leaders negotiated a deal to overcome GOP opposition to vaccination mandates. Passing the measure ahead of today’s midnight deadline ended a deadlock that had threatened to trigger a shutdown when a small number of Republican senators who opposed Biden’s vaccine demands had considered the possibility of suspending a quick vote on the financing bill. To break the deadlock, the two sides agreed to hold votes on the interim bill, as well as a GOP amendment to ban the use of federal funding for Covid-19 vaccine mandates, which have ultimately failed.
3. Rebuild better
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin casts skepticism in conversations with senators that the Build Back Better bill can be passed by the Senate this year, potentially dealing a blow to pressure from the Senate Majority Leader to get the bill approved by Christmas. Manchin still has a number of concerns that budget gimmicks are obscuring the true cost of the bill, and he’s pushing for it to cost no more than $ 1.75 trillion. But he also seeks to ease the bill, which passed the House last month, in a number of other areas, including paid family leave, methane charges on energy producers’ emissions and Medicare extension to cover hearing costs.
The Trump-era border program known as “Stay in Mexico” is expected to be relaunched on Monday due to a court order. This means that the United States will again send migrants to Mexico to await their hearings in immigration court. Mexico accepted the terms of the revamped program yesterday and said it will start accepting migrants. The program, which requires non-Mexican migrants to stay in Mexico until their date of appearance in U.S. immigration court, was suspended early in Biden’s tenure and formally terminated months later. But in August, a Texas federal judge said the administration had violated federal law in the way it conducted the program and demanded that it be reinstated.
The United States joined its international allies in imposing new sanctions on Belarus yesterday in response to the migrant crisis on the border with Poland and ongoing political repression and human rights violations committed by the regime longtime strongman of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. The US, UK, EU and Canada have taken coordinated action against Belarusian entities and individuals in their latest effort to put pressure on Lukashenko, who has been charged – in the words of Secretary of State for ‘American state – to use’ innocent migrants as a weapon policy, as an effort to destabilize. The sanctions also come at a time of heightened tension between Moscow – Lukashenko’s biggest supporter – and much of the West as the Russian president assembles troops on the border with Ukraine.
It’s December and it hasn’t snowed in Denver yet
Denver has never entered December without a measurable snowfall since it began keeping records when Chester A. Arthur was president.
But there are blizzard warnings for Hawaii ???
There could be up to a foot of snow and wind gusts to 100 mph!
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Shawn Mendes released new song after Camila Cabello split
Coming soon to the playlists of heartbroken teens around the world.
There is a shortage of Santas this holiday season
Yet another supply chain disruption caused by the pandemic.
MLB Removes Player Photos From Website Due To Lockdown
Now at bat… No. 8… Gray silhouette.
Which island nation has just severed its last ties with the British monarchy after 400 years?
C. The Bahamas
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THE NUMBER OF THE DAY
$ 50 billion
That’s roughly how much the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new federal funding for water infrastructure yesterday. The EPA urges states to use the money – provided in the recent bipartisan infrastructure law – to address the environmental impacts faced by historically underserved communities.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It’s a crisis now and it will only get worse. “
Commercial secretary Gina Raimondo, imploring Congress to address the global computer chip shortage by passing the CHIPS for America Act, a $ 52 billion bill that would encourage domestic semiconductor production and research.
Pandas on ice!
Check out these pandas cooling off this week at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Why? Because… pandas! (Click here to see.)