Infrastructure Week — make that weeks — is coming for actual.
The Biden administration’s subsequent large legislative push is beginning to take form. It’s typically described as an infrastructure bundle, however that’s a little bit of a misnomer. What the White House is planning covers not simply constructing stuff like roads and bridges, however all the structural financial modifications on which President JOE BIDEN campaigned.
As Annie Karni and Jim Tankersley put it within the NYT, “It’s more than just concrete and steel.”
Let’s begin at 30,000 ft and work down to the granular stage.
The large concept(s). There are a number of strains of progressive thought that animate the Biden jobs agenda:
— Inequality. There wasn’t a consensus early within the final Democratic administration about tackling earnings inequality as a prime precedence. Now there’s. Though it’s not a phrase Biden likes to make use of, his large financial insurance policies (money funds to carry households out of poverty, steeper taxes on firms and the rich, a lift to the federal minimal wage) are all extremely redistributive. While some populist conservatives have began to compete with Democrats on these insurance policies, this stays one of many widest mental gulfs between the events. Senate Minority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL began attacking the Biden infrastructure agenda for its income raisers earlier than the Covid invoice was even signed.
— Racial fairness. The period of Democrats speaking a couple of rising tide lifting all boats is basically over. Biden’s plans are fastidiously attuned to how coverage can have an effect on some racial teams otherwise. There is sort of no buy-in from the fitting on this view of coverage, and plenty of distinguished congressional Democrats don’t converse this language in the identical means that Biden’s progressive financial wonks do.
— Climate. The Biden administration needs to spend huge sums of cash selling a inexperienced economic system that can assist attain “a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035” and “a net-zero economy by 2050.” The local weather agenda pits two essential Democratic constituencies in opposition to one another: labor and environmentalists.
— Industrial coverage. Finally, you’re going to be listening to rather a lot about how this laws can spark a Made in America manufacturing renaissance as a solution to counter China. As NYT’s Noam Scheiber reported not too long ago, the infrastructure invoice will pit free merchants and protectionists in opposition to one another. It will create unusual bedfellows: Climate activists are sometimes on the free commerce aspect of those debates.
The large price ticket. The NYT, WaPo and WSJ all agree it’s a roughly $3 trillion plan, although the Times notes that the “overall price tag of the package could approach $4 trillion since it includes several tax incentives, like credits to help families afford child care and to encourage energy efficiency in existing buildings.” The value may climb by “hundreds of billions more” if “temporary tax cuts meant to fight poverty” are added.
The large query. As we reported not too long ago, chief of workers RON KLAIN has advised Democrats that the Biden jobs agenda needs to be cut up up into a number of payments. There’s just one extra alternative to make use of reconciliation this yr, so by definition “multiple bills” signifies that the White House will want a 60-vote technique for any items that transfer by means of the Senate exterior of reconciliation.
NYT: “Mr. Biden’s advisers plan to recommend that the effort be broken into pieces, with Congress tackling infrastructure before turning to a second package that would include more people-focused proposals, like free community college, universal prekindergarten and a national paid leave program.
“Some White House officials believe the focus of the first package may be more appealing to Republicans, business leaders and many moderate Senate Democrats, given the longstanding bipartisan push in Washington for an infrastructure bill.”
WaPo additionally sees the Build Back Better agenda on a twin observe, noting it’s “expected to be broken into two parts — one focused on infrastructure, and the other focused on other domestic priorities such as growing the newly expanded child tax credit for several years.”
The WSJ places it this manner: “The first proposal would center on roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects and include many of the climate-change initiatives Mr. Biden outlined in the ‘Build Back Better’ plan he released during the 2020 campaign.
“That package would be followed by measures focusing on education and other priorities, including extending the newly expanded child tax credit scheduled to expire at the end of the year and providing for universal prekindergarten and tuition-free community college …
“Some Democrats are pushing for the administration to reach a bipartisan agreement on infrastructure spending focused on roads, bridges, transit systems and more. That could mean later considering major tax measures through reconciliation, given the low chances Republicans would sign on to big tax increases.”
That technique raises an apparent query: Can Biden get 10 Republican senators to cooperate on “concrete and steel” after they know the tax and social welfare stuff they oppose is coming subsequent through reconciliation?
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FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: REPUBLICANS GO ON OFFENSE IN IOWA-2 — With some centrist House Democrats now balking at their management’s bid to attempt to overturn a state-certified House election in Iowa, Republicans are making ready to pounce. The conservative American Action Network is activating its organizers in 19 districts, spending 5 figures to fund calls to constituents urging them to talk out in opposition to the trouble.
Targets embody a mixture of members on the House Administration Committee who will adjudicate the contested election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, in addition to Democrats in robust seats. The group polled the difficulty in Democratic Rep. CINDY AXNE’S Iowa district in December and located that three-quarters of voters opposed overturning the outcomes — and two-thirds mentioned they’d be much less prone to again Axne for reelection if she votes to oust Rep. MARIANNETTE MILLER-MEEKS (R-Iowa). The ballot needs to be taken with a grain of salt because it was performed by GOP pollsters, but when it’s within the ballpark of voter sentiment, it could be problematic for weak Democrats.
After Playbook’s have a look at the Iowa scenario Monday, our colleagues Ally Mutnick, Sarah Ferris and Melanie Zanona reported that a few of these front-line Democrats grilled DCCC officers about their plans to reverse the Iowa race. One Democrat advised us Monday that moderates would possibly truly welcome a vote to allow them to snuff it out — and display their willingness to buck their very own management.
BIDEN’S TUESDAY — The president and VP KAMALA HARRIS will obtain the President’s Daily Brief at 9:30 a.m. Biden will go away the White House at 1 p.m. and journey to Columbus, Ohio, arriving at 2:35 p.m. He’ll tour the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at 4:10 p.m. and ship remarks at 4:50 p.m. He’ll depart Ohio at 6:05 p.m. and arrive again on the White House at 7:40 p.m.
— Press secretary JEN PSAKI will gaggle aboard Air Force One on the best way to Ohio.
— Harris will swear in WILLIAM BURNS as CIA director at 9:10 a.m. and MARTY WALSH as Labor secretary at 5:25 p.m. The Senate confirmed him 68-29 on Monday
THE HOUSE will meet at 11 a.m. The Financial Services Committee will maintain a listening to on pandemic response from Treasury and the Fed at midday, with Treasury Secretary JANET YELLEN and Fed Chair JEROME POWELL testifying.
THE SENATE will meet at 10 a.m. to take up the nomination of SHALANDA YOUNG for deputy OMB director, which may come to a vote at 2:15 p.m. A vote on VIVEK MURTHY to be surgeon common may come round 5:40 p.m. The Foreign Relations Committee will maintain a listening to on SAMANTHA POWER’S nomination to be USAID administrator at 10 a.m. The Judiciary Committee will maintain a listening to at 10 a.m. on lowering gun violence.
— AHEAD OF THE GUN VIOLENCE HEARING: Huddle’s Olivia Beavers interviewed former Rep. GABBY GIFFORDS about gun coverage reform. Giffords mentioned this about final week’s Atlanta shootings: “It appears as though the suspect passed a background check, which serves as an important reminder that universal background checks are an essential but not sufficient policy. There is not one single solution to ending gun violence — we need to enact a comprehensive gun safety agenda.” Read the total interview in Huddle at 8 a.m. — enroll right here
— AHEAD OF THE POWER HEARING: A coalition of Jewish teams despatched a letter to Senate Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER urging him to oppose Power’s affirmation. The teams, which embody MORTON KLEIN’S Zionist Organization of America, faulted the Obama administration for failing to dam a 2016 U.N. decision condemning Israeli settlement building whereas Power was U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and expressed concern “that Power could use USAID’s massive budget to the detriment” of Israel.
Schumer, the primary Jewish majority chief, has sided with Israel supporters earlier than, similar to his 2015 vote in opposition to the Iran deal — a stance the teams cited within the letter. But he’s additionally backed each Biden nominee to this point, and he voted to verify CHUCK HAGEL as Defense secretary through the Obama administration over the objections of some pro-Israel teams. The letter
ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING
— “‘A tragedy and a nightmare’: Ten dead, including officer, after shooting at Boulder King Soopers,” Boulder Daily Camera: “Boulder police Chief Maris Herold said at an evening news conference there were 10 dead, including Boulder police Officer Eric Talley. … Herold said police received a call at about 2:30 p.m. of a man with a rifle at the King Soopers at 3600 Table Mesa. Herold said Talley was the first on scene and was fatally shot. …
“The other nine victims have not yet been publicly identified by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office, but Herold said they were working to notify families as soon as possible. … Police said the shooting and possible motive were still under investigation, but police do have one suspect in custody and do not believe there is any threat to the public.”
— JUST LAST WEEK: “Can Colorado cities enact their own gun restrictions? A Boulder judge says no,” Denver Post: “A judge blocked Boulder from enforcing its 2-year-old ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in the city.”
— WAPO’S @JohnWoodrowCox: “Here’s the thing. We’re all talking about gun violence again because it felt like we’d gotten a break from it, but that never actually happened. Last year, 41,000 people — a record in modern American history — died in shootings.”
THE WHITE HOUSE
EAST WING READING — “Despite flurry of attention, Jill Biden is not leading family reunification effort,” by Anita Kumar and Eugene Daniels: “First lady Jill Biden actually has ‘no formal role’ in the effort, according to her office. Among lawyers and advocates helping the families, her lack of involvement reinforces a broader concern about the slow pace of reunification efforts under Biden. The administration has yet to locate additional parents or announce a specific plan to unite families …
“Some of the advocates and lawyers for migrant families are concerned that Jill Biden backed away from the issue because the administration is facing a torrent of criticism from both the right and the left on the border problems. … The first lady’s office maintains she never had an official role on the issue.”
ANOTHER NOMINATION WITHDRAWN — “White House pulls nomination of Elizabeth Klein to Interior amid Murkowski opposition,” by Ben Lefebvre: “[Elizabeth] Klein is a former Obama administration official and deputy director of the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at the New York University School of Law who focused on renewable energy and climate change issues. The Biden administration pulled her nomination after hearing of opposition coming from [Sen. Lisa] Murkowski …
“Murkowski earlier in March said she struggled in deciding to cast her vote to clear from committee Biden’s nomination of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, citing concerns that the administration would hobble oil and gas production on public land. Klein, a progressive on energy matters, was considered a step too far to serve as second in charge at Interior with Haaland.”
CHAMBER PLOTS — “Speedy House vs. slower Senate: Dems struggle to balance on Biden agenda,” by Marianne LeVine and Sarah Ferris: “Senior House Democrats say the Senate will need to make a decision soon on which pieces of the party’s agenda they’ll move first — and then whether to pursue a bipartisan compromise or move toward a reckoning on the filibuster. Some House Democrats, particularly on the left, are starting to get impatient.”
FOLLOWING THE MONEY — “Intern pay was supposed to boost diversity in Congress. Most of the money went to white students,” Roll Call: “The people getting paid internships were overwhelmingly white, [Pay Our Interns] found in a new report — 76 percent white, compared to just 52 percent of the national undergraduate population. Black and Latino students were underrepresented, comprising 15 percent and 20 percent of undergraduates nationally but just 6.7 percent and 7.9 percent of paid Hill interns.
“Congressional staffers aren’t as diverse as the nation they serve, and the problem starts with the lowly intern. While interns rarely have much impact on lawmaking, they often go on to more important positions that can actually affect legislation.”
STATEHOOD DEBATE PERSISTS — “Washington, D.C., Statehood Divides Congressional Hearing,” WSJ: “Democrats say that residents of Washington, D.C., nearly half of whom are Black, deserve the same representation as other Americans. Residents pay federal taxes, register for selective service and fight in the military, but they don’t have a full voice in Congress and local leadership can be overruled by the federal government. …
“Republicans argue that Congress doesn’t have the authority to make D.C. a state with regular legislation, and instead it would require amending the Constitution, a much higher bar that requires ratification by three-quarters of the states. They also say Democrats want statehood to increase their voting power in Congress.”
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — In the wake of Monday’s listening to on D.C. statehood and because the Democratic effort strikes into a brand new part, DC Vote is launching Statehood Yes, the primary ever 501(c)(4) centered on the difficulty. Ramping up over the course of the spring, it’ll focus on each lobbying lawmakers straight and bolstering outreach to the general public (by means of adverts and public occasions) to generate extra help and strain. They’re centered on pushing constituents to have interaction with 11 senators from each events.
TOP-ED — “Yes, a ‘Talking Filibuster’ Would Be Painful — for Senate Democrats,” by National Review’s John McCormack: “[I]n all likelihood, a three-week debate over any of the Democrats’ top legislative priorities would not end in Republicans caving because such a debate would probably make the legislation less popular. …
“For Senate Democrats who oppose the Senate’s 60-vote threshold for legislation, the talking filibuster makes sense only if it is a stepping stone toward majority rule. … But if that the pressure fails to persuade Manchin, Sinema, and other holdouts to abandon the 60-vote rule, then their Democratic colleagues would be the ones feeling the most pain.”
THE LAST-MINUTE PARDONS — “Securing a presidential pardon is rare. But SC’s Sen. Tim Scott landed one for his cousin,” The Post and Courier
IMMIGRATION FILES — “Biden team searching for new ways to slow border surge,” WaPo: “During a closed-door virtual retreat with Democratic senators on Monday evening … Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) asked the president what the administration’s timeline was for additional resources and facilities to manage the increase in the number of migrants at the border, as well as coronavirus testing protocols there.
“Kelly, a border-state freshman who is likely to face a tough reelection challenge in 2022, told Biden he was concerned that the state’s resources could become strained under the migration challenges. In response, Biden did not delve into specifics but stressed to the senators that his administration was building additional capacity to care for the migrants, and that the current challenges began under his predecessor.”
— “Mysterious new system at border keeps migrants guessing,” AP: “The criteria to be allowed into the U.S. are a closely held secret.”
BEYOND THE BELTWAY
RACIAL RECKONING — “Evanston, Ill., leads the country with first reparations program for Black residents,” WaPo: “The Evanston City Council [on Monday] approved the first phase of reparations to acknowledge the harm caused by discriminatory housing policies, practices and inaction going back more than a century. The 8-1 vote will make $400,000 available in $25,000 homeownership and improvement grants, as well as in mortgage assistance for Black residents who can show they are direct descendants of individuals who lived in the city between 1919 and 1969.”
JACK SHAFER column: “Why Trump Would Make the Most Boring Social Media Site Ever”
WILY EVEN WHEN IT COMES TO ALCOHOL — McConnell is on the most recent episode of the “Ruthless” podcast, posting this morning, the place he’ll troll the White House for refusing to confess there’s a “crisis” on the border and wax in regards to the filibuster. But our favourite alternate of the interview, which we received an early have a look at, is about bourbon.
Q: “There’s no way you can’t ask Mitch McConnell about bourbon. But coming from the great state of Kentucky, which distillery or what bourbon is your personal favorite?”
A: “Well, I have three daughters. That would be like asking me which of my daughters I preferred. No Kentucky politician will ever pick one bourbon. So I know it sounds terribly political, but I’m going to have to dodge that one. That could be a fatal mistake.”
Q: “Then my follow up would be, what’s your favorite bourbon cocktail?”
A: “I think an Old-Fashioned. I do like a Manhattan as well.”
IN MEMORIAM — “Eric Spinato, Senior Fox News and Fox Business Producer, Dies From Covid,” Mediaite: “Spinato first joined Fox in 1998, and was a senior producer and head booker until 2004. He worked at CNN and MSNBC before returning to Fox in 2007. He helped launch Fox Business, and most recently served as a senior head booker and senior story editor.”
SPOTTED at a Zoom vegetarian cooking class Monday night time with Masseria chef Nicholas Stefanelli in honor of the charity Tracy’s Kids: Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Matt Gerson, Phil Tahtakran, Lorenzo Goco, Jenness Simler, Linda Bloss-Baum and Luke Albee. Deutsch cooked whereas Schiff did play-by-play. (Next within the collection: John Podesta together with his well-known risotto and Josh Bolten.)
ALL APOLOGIES — “Meghan McCain apologizes for previously backing Trump’s anti-Asian rhetoric,” L.A. Times: “After eight people were killed in the Atlanta area last week — including six women of Asian descent — Meghan McCain, cohost of ‘The View,’ expressed regret about her previous comments that supported former President Trump’s anti-Asian rhetoric. ‘STOP ASIAN HATE’ she tweeted Wednesday, punctuating her message with three broken-heart emojis.
“Pointing to a clip from a March 2020 episode of ‘The View,’ in which McCain said she had no problem with then-President Trump referring to COVID-19 as the ‘China virus,’ [TV host John Oliver] said McCain’s post was ‘a fine sentiment to throw up on Twitter after the fact.’ His segment prompted McCain to issue a statement Monday morning.”
TRANSITIONS — Rricha Mathur deCant is becoming a member of Sen. Alex Padilla’s (D-Calif.) workplace as counsel, focusing on immigration and homeland safety coverage. She beforehand was legislative counsel to Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.). … Rita Siemion is now senior counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee underneath Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). She beforehand was director of nationwide safety advocacy at Human Rights First. … John Lynch is becoming a member of Platinum Advisors DC as a senior affiliate. He beforehand was senior legislative assistant for Rep. T.J. Cox (D-Calif.). …
… The Ethics and Public Policy Center’s HHS Accountability Project has added David Gortler as a fellow and Rachel Morrison as a coverage analyst. Gortler most not too long ago was a senior adviser to the FDA commissioner, and Morrison most not too long ago was an lawyer adviser and particular assistant to the final counsel on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. … Alexandra Harrison Gaiser is now director of regulatory affairs at bitcoin agency River Financial. She most not too long ago was government secretary at Treasury.
BIRTHWEEK (was Monday): GOP ad-maker Bob Gardner
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) (73) … The Intercept’s Ryan Grim (43) … Johnny DeStefano of Utility Strategic Advisors (42) … cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher (66) … Suzanne Turner … Evan Keller (26) … Dawn Selak of the Aerospace Industries Association … Debbi Mayster … Alec Gerlach … Maggie Gage of MetLife … Mike Berman of Citadel … Paul Neaville of the Markham Group … Cole Rojewski … L.A. Times’ Maya Lau … The Buckeye Institute’s Mike Franc … Shane Seaver … Lauren Hancock. … McKinsey’s Tara Maller … Nita Chaudhary … APCO Worldwide’s Joanna London … AFL-CIO’s Drew Waxman … Boeing’s Shaun Lara … Peter Vallone Jr. … former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (69) … Michael Caputo
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