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Ten GOP Senators Announce Support for Infrastructure Compromise

(rarrarorro/Getty Images) A bipartisan group of 20 senators, including ten Republicans, announced their support for a compromise framework on infrastructure on Wednesday. Details of the framework were not immediately available, although the cost of the potential bill would be $1.2 trillion over eight years, according to CNN. The backing of ten GOP senators could give the potential bill a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, if all 50 Democrats vote in favor. “We support this bipartisan framework that provides an historic investment in our nation’s core infrastructure needs without raising taxes,” the group said in a statement. “We look forward to working with our Republican and Democratic colleagues to develop legislation based on this framework to address America’s critical infrastructure challenges.” Twenty senators from both parties announce support for $1.2T, eight-year bipartisan infrastructure outline pic.twitter.com/0aTxnBGwzM — Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 16, 2021 #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c905d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c905d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c905d { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c905d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9471 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9471 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9471 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9471 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c96a3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c96a3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c96a3 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c96a3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9845 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9845 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9845 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9845 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c999e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c999e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c999e { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c999e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } President Biden initially proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that includes funding for bridges, roads, and railways, and a national network of charging stations for electric vehicles, among other provisions. Republicans have attempted to lower the price tag on the bill and have insisted that legislation not include tax increases. Additionally, the GOP senators have strived to keep former President Trump’s 2017 tax reform measures in place. Democrats have explored options for passing an infrastructure bill via budget reconciliation rules, which allow certain pieces of legislation to pass the Senate via a simple majority vote instead of a filibuster-proof 60 votes. However, Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) cautioned against using budget reconciliation to pass an infrastructure bill in comments to NBC earlier this month. “Are you ready to go it alone with just Democrats?” reporter Garrett Haake asked Manchin. “No. I don’t think we should. I really don’t,” Manchin responded. “Right now, basically, we need to be bipartisan.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Colorado Court Rules against Baker Who Refused to Make Gender Transition Cake

Baker Jack Phillips speaks with the media following oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., December 5, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) A Colorado court ruled against Masterpiece Cakeshop baker Jack Phillips, after he was sued for refusing to make a cake to celebrate a gender transition. Autumn Scardina, an attorney, sued Phillips earlier this year for refusing to bake the cake in honor of Scardina’s transition. The cake was ordered on the same day in 2017 that the Supreme Court announced it would take up a separate suit against Phillips, who refused in 2012 to make a custom cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding. “Anti-discrimination laws are intended to ensure that members of our society who have historically been treated unfairly, who have been deprived of even the every-day right to access businesses to buy products, are no longer treated as ‘others,'” the Denver District Court wrote in its ruling on Tuesday. “Jack Phillips serves all people but shouldn’t be forced to create custom cakes with messages that violate his conscience,” attorney Kristen Waggoner of Alliance Defending Freedom said in a statement. “Radical activists and government officials are targeting artists like Jack because they won’t promote messages on marriage and sexuality that violate their core convictions.” #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1414 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1414 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1414 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1414 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c17f6 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c17f6 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c17f6 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c17f6 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1a69 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1a69 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1a69 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1a69 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1bc0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1bc0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1bc0 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1bc0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1d13 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1d13 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1d13 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca6586c1d13 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } Phillips partially won the previous Supreme Court case in 2018, with the Court ruling that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission displayed anti-religious bias after it sanctioned Phillips. However, the Court did not rule at the time on whether businesses can refuse service, based on religious objections, to gays and lesbians. Although he lost about 40 percent of his business during his first lawsuit and has continued to encounter legal challenges, Phillips told National Review in March that it was “worth it to fight.” “These are important freedoms for everybody, the freedoms that everybody cherishes,” he said. “I’m sure all liberty-loving Americans cherish their right to speak what they want and to worship the way they want . . . and they all deserve the right to be able to work and live according to their conscience without fear of being punished by the government.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Former CDC Head: WHO ‘Too Compromised’ to Conduct COVID-Origin Probe

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C, July 2, 2020. ( Saul Loeb/Reuters) The World Health Organization was “too compromised” in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic to conduct a thorough investigation of the origins of the coronavirus, former CDC director Robert Redfield told Fox News on Tuesday. “I think they were highly compromised,” Redfield said. “Clearly, they were incapable of compelling China to adhere to the treaty agreements that they have on global health, because they didn’t do that. Clearly, they allowed China to define the group of scientists that could come and investigate.” The WHO has been criticized for its early response to the outbreak, including for its apparent deference to China. Health officials in Taiwan, which is blocked by China from joining the WHO, have criticized the organization for allegedly failing to communicate their warning that coronavirus was transmissible between humans. The CIA reportedly concluded that China tried to prevent the WHO from declaring a world health emergency in January 2020, when reports of the coronavirus first emerged. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d4992 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d4992 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d4992 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d4992 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d4dc4 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d4dc4 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d4dc4 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d4dc4 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d4f00 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d4f00 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d4f00 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d4f00 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d5017 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d5017 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d5017 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d5017 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d513b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d513b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d513b { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8d487d513b .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } In the Fox interview, Redfield reiterated that his “professional opinion as a virologist” is that coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan. “I didn’t think it was biologically plausible that COVID-19 went from a bat to some unknown animal into man and now had become one of the most infectious viruses,” Redfield said. “That’s not consistent with how other coronaviruses have come into the human species. And, it does suggest that there’s an alternative hypothesis that it went from a bat virus, got into a laboratory, where in the laboratory, it was taught, educated, it evolved, so that it became a virus that could efficiently transmit human to human.” A WHO team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus was denied access to records at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, one of the laboratories in Wuhan that research coronaviruses. WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for further investigation of the lab-leak hypothesis following the probe. “Although the team has concluded that a laboratory leak is the least likely hypothesis, this requires further investigation, potentially with additional missions involving specialist experts, which I am ready to deploy,” Dr. Tedros said in March. The only American on the WHO team was Peter Daszak, whose research non-profit EcoHealth Alliance funneled millions in NIH grant money to the Wuhan lab. 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Greta Thunberg-Inspired Climate Org Labels Itself ‘Racist’ and Disbands

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a demonstration in Lausanne, Switzerland, January 17, 2020. (Pierre Albouy/Reuters) The Auckland, New Zealand, chapter of a climate organization inspired by activist Greta Thunberg disbanded itself on Saturday because it was a “racist,” “white-dominated space,” the group announced in a Facebook post on Saturday. School Strike 4 Climate, a movement of student protests against global warming, began in the wake of Thunberg’s activism and ballooned into widespread student strikes in 2019. Around 20,000 New Zealand students went on strike in March 2019, organized by School Strike New Zealand, which describes itself as “the New Zealand movement of Greta Thunberg’s strikes in Europe.” The Auckland branch of the group said on Saturday that it had agreed to dissolve. “BIPOC communities are disproportionately affected by climate change, so the fight for climate justice should be led by their voices and needs, not Pākehā [white New Zealander] ones,” the group wrote on Facebook. “We are disbanding because, since 2019, SS4C AKL (as well as the wider national group, though we can’t speak on their behalf) has been a racist, white-dominated space.” #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041c4ff .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041c4ff .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041c4ff { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041c4ff .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041c928 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041c928 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041c928 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041c928 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041ca59 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041ca59 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041ca59 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041ca59 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041cc02 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041cc02 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041cc02 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041cc02 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041ccd9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041ccd9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041ccd9 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8b5041ccd9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } The organization apologized “for the hurt, burnout, and trauma caused to many BIPOC individuals” as well as “for the further trauma caused by our slow action to take responsibility. We recognise that this apology can never be enough to make up for our actions on top of years of systemic and systematic oppression.” Sophie Handford, one of the founders of School Strike New Zealand, expressed skepticism of the move in a statement to The Guardian. Hanford coordinated the group in 2019. “There is a real need to cede space to Indigenous-led kaupapa [policy] and to transform the movement so that it can properly uphold the collective aspiration of climate justice,” Hanford said. However, “I’m a little concerned that this sends a message of division or that not everyone is needed.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Jon Stewart Endorses Lab-Leak Theory, Says Pandemic ‘More Than Likely Caused by Science’

Comedian Jon Stewart speaks at a news conference following a Senate vote on the ‘Never Forget the Heroes Act’ on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 23, 2019. (Eric Thayer/Reuters) Comedian Jon Stewart seemed to endorse the theory that the novel coronavirus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night. “I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science,” Stewart said. “Science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic, which was more than likely caused by science.” [embedded content] Colbert asked, “Do you mean perhaps there’s a chance that this was created in a lab?” “A chance?” Stewart said. “Oh my god, there’s a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China, what do we do? Oh, you know who we could ask? The Wuhan novel respiratory coronavirus lab. The disease is the same name as the lab. That’s just a little too weird!” Stewart then joked that when scientists were asked about the theory, the response was “maybe a bat flew into the cloaca of a turkey and then it sneezed into my chili and now we all have coronavirus?” #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a596630d2 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a596630d2 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a596630d2 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a596630d2 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a5966368c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a5966368c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a5966368c { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a5966368c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a59663a9f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a59663a9f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a59663a9f { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a59663a9f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a59663c8f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a59663c8f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a59663c8f { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a59663c8f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a59663e70 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a59663e70 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a59663e70 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c8a59663e70 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } “What about this,” Stewart went on. “There’s been an outbreak of chocolatey goodness near Hershey, Pennsylvania, what do you think happened? I don’t know, maybe a steam shovel made it with a cocoa bean. Or it’s the f***ing chocolate factory!” Colbert pushed back on the claim, asking Stewart “how long have you worked for Senator Ron Johnson?” [embedded content] After the show returned from a commercial break, Stewart continued to discuss science in the context of the pandemic. “Can I say this about science?” he asked. “You can say anything you [want], some of my best friends are scientists,” Colbert said. “And I love them, and they do such good work, but they are going to kill us all,” Stewart responded. The theory that coronavirus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan has received renewed scrutiny over the past several weeks, and President Biden has ordered the U.S. intelligence community to assess the theory within the next 90 days. Speculation has centered around the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a high-security laboratory designed to study dangerous viruses. The city is also home to the Wuhan Centers for Disease Control, which is located several hundred yards from the wet market where Chinese authorities initially identified the outbreak. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Pompeo to Launch PAC ahead of 2022 Midterms

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., January 12, 2021. (Andrew Harnik/Reuters) Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo said he is starting a political action committee to support Republican midterm candidates, in an interview with Politico on Tuesday. The group will be known as the Champion American Values PAC, and will allow Pompeo to campaign and fundraise for Republican candidates at federal, state, and local levels. Pompeo follows former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence in forming a PAC for the midterms. “It is unambiguously clear to me that if we don’t get it right in the next 16 or 17 months, what will happen over these next four years will make it incredibly difficult for whoever is elected president in 2024. So that is my singular focus,” Pompeo told Politico. Pompeo said he has already informed members of both chambers of Congress that he will be available to help during the midterm cycle. “You can absolutely imagine me getting involved in races where there are multiple Republican candidates,” Pompeo added. “My goal is pretty clear: I want to elect the most conservative electable candidate we can find in each of these races, whether its school board, city council, or a United States Senate seat.” Both Pompeo and Haley are seen as potential candidates for president in 2024, and their respective PACs could provide them with national exposure ahead of the GOP primary. It is unclear if Pence will run, a decision largely dependent on whether former President Trump enters the race. Trump said it was “too soon to tell” if Pence would be his running mate again in 2024. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

McConnell: ‘Highly Unlikely’ He Would Fill Supreme Court Vacancy in 2024

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2021. (Erin Scott/Reuters) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said he would probably block President Biden from appointing a new Supreme Court justice in 2024 if Republicans retake the Senate in the midterms, in an interview on The Hugh Hewitt Show on Monday. “I think in the middle of a presidential election, if you have a Senate of the opposite party of the president, you have to go back to the 1880s to find the last time a vacancy was filled. So I think it’s highly unlikely,” McConnell told host Hugh Hewitt. “In fact, no, I don’t think either party if it controlled, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election,” McConnell added. “What was different in 2020 was we were of the same party as the president.” President Trump nominated Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in September 2020, following the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Republicans held a majority of 53 Senate seats at the time, and confirmed Barrett to the court a week before the presidential election. Following the death of Justice Antoni Scalia in February 2016, then-President Obama nominated attorney Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. However, McConnell, who was majority leader at that time, blocked Senate confirmation hearings for Garland, arguing that it wouldn’t be fair to voters to confirm a justice during an election year while the government was divided. The Senate went on to approve three conservative justices during the Trump administration and McConnell was accused of hypocrisy for the final confirmation, that of Amy Coney Barrett, since it occurred during an election year. He responded by arguing that the confirmation didn’t violate the precedent he set under Obama, since Republicans held the White House and the Senate when Barrett was confirmed. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e6cf0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e6cf0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e6cf0 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e6cf0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e7199 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e7199 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e7199 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e7199 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e72f1 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e72f1 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e72f1 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e72f1 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e73f9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e73f9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e73f9 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e73f9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e7539 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e7539 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e7539 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c7ac07e7539 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } Hewitt also asked McConnell whether he would consider allowing Biden to fill a vacancy in 2023, should a vacancy arise. “Well, we’d have to wait and see what happens,” McConnell responded. The conversation on Monday occurred amid renewed calls from progressives for Justice Stephen Breyer to retire, while Democrats hold the presidency and 50 seats in the Senate. At 82 years old, Breyer is currently the oldest justice on the bench. “When I became the first person in Congress to call for Justice Breyer to retire now, while President Biden can still appoint a successor, some people asked whether it was necessary,” Representative Mondaire Jones (D., N.Y.) wrote on Twitter in response to McConnell’s interview. “Yes. Yes, it is.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

U.S. Monitoring Potential Leak at Chinese Nuclear Power Plant: Report

The Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong, China, October 17, 2013 (Bobby Yip/Reuters) The U.S. has for the past week been investigating a report of a leak at a Chinese nuclear power plant. French company Framatome, which partly owns and operates the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, warned of an “imminent radiological threat” at the plant in a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy, CNN reported on Monday. Framatome also alleged that the Chinese nuclear safety authority raised acceptable limits on radiation outside the plant in order to avoid shutting it down entirely. Framatome reached out to the U.S. regarding the “radiological threat” in order to obtain a waiver to receive American technical assistance with the issue. A decision to shut down the plant falls under the ultimate authority of the Chinese government. The Biden administration assessed that the issue has not reached “crisis level,” a source told CNN. While the U.S. National Security Council has held multiple meetings on the issue, officials from the NSC, State and Energy Departments said the U.S. would be obligated to inform the public if there was any serious risk. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310ce52 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310ce52 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310ce52 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310ce52 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d309 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d309 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d309 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d309 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d4a4 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d4a4 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d4a4 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d4a4 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d593 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d593 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d593 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d593 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d689 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d689 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d689 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c767310d689 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } “The environmental indicators of Taishan Nuclear Power Plant and its surroundings are normal,” read a statement from China General Nuclear Power Group, which operates the facility. “All operating indicators of the two [reactors] have met the requirements of nuclear safety regulations and power plant technical specifications.” Framatome said in a statement that it “is supporting resolution of a performance issue” at the plant. “According to the data available, the plant is operating within the safety parameters.” The report comes amid tensions between China and the U.S. that heightened considerably during the coronavirus pandemic. American observers have in recent weeks renewed scrutiny into the theory that the novel coronavirus leaked from a laboratory in the city of Wuhan. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Chamber of Commerce CEO Defends Recent Embrace of Democrats

The Chamber of Commerce building is seen in Washington, D.C., May 10, 2021. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Suzanne Clark defended the group’s endorsement of vulnerable House Democrats in 2020, in comments to Axios on HBO on Sunday. Those Democrats “had really helped push business’s number one priority, which was the free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, over the finish line,” Clark said. However, “All of the Republicans that we work with on tax, on regulation, those people are really, really important to us….So we have to be willing to have a different coalition on every issue.” Clark insisted that the chamber has maintained good relations with both Democrats and Republicans, even though members of the GOP have criticized the chamber in recent months over its newfound embrace of Democrats. “You asked me how I felt about our relationships on the Hill, and I said ‘strong,'” Clark told Axios‘s Mike Allen. “I’m sticking with it….I’m not having the same conversations.” #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753baa9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753baa9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753baa9 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753baa9 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753bd39 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753bd39 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753bd39 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753bd39 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753beea .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753beea .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753beea { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753beea .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753bfaa .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753bfaa .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753bfaa { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753bfaa .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753c05d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753c05d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753c05d { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c750753c05d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } Clark’s comments come despite open disillusionment with the chamber among Republicans in Congress. Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) noted in March that the chamber endorsed Neera Tanden for the Office of Management and Budget, despite her history of attacking the organization, as well as several Democrats who voted for a pro-union bill known as the PRO Act. “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has become a self-licking ice cream cone,” Cotton said on an episode of The Hugh Hewitt Show. “As far as I can tell, it mostly just exists to continue to pay the lavish salaries of its executive and give them expense accounts for fancy meals and fund their private jet travel to their luxury condos in South Florida.” Critics of the Chamber’s recent leftward turn have also pointed out that the strategy didn’t help the group in its efforts to push back on the raft of new spending proposals put forward by the Biden administration, which will total roughly $6 billion should the president’s infrastructure proposal pass. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Novavax Likely to Add Fourth COVID Vaccine to U.S. Arsenal

A medical syringe in front of a Novavax logo, October 30, 2020 (Dado Ruvic/Reuters) Novavax has announced that its coronavirus vaccine was 90.4 percent effective in a large clinical trial, potentially paving the way for its authorization for use in the U.S. The vaccine showed levels of efficacy similar to the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, following the trial involving 29,960 people in the U.S. and Mexico. Novavax’s vaccine uses proteins resembling the “spike” proteins on the surface of coronavirus, triggering an immune response in a recipient, in contrast to Pfizer and Moderna which use mRNA technology. “Our vaccine works very well even though the virus has mutated significantly,” Dr. Gregory Glenn, head of research and development at Novavax, said in a statement. Because of the current plentiful supply of authorized vaccines in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration could require Novavax to complete a standard approval process rather than apply for emergency authorization. Novavax CEO Stanley Erck said that the company would have to wait several months to apply in any case, in order to scale up manufacturing capabilities. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e52e0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e52e0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e52e0 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e52e0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e5838 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e5838 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e5838 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e5838 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e59cb .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e59cb .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e59cb { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e59cb .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e5b11 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e5b11 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e5b11 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e5b11 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e5c96 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e5c96 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e5c96 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60c74754e5c96 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } “I think the good news is that the data are so compelling that it gives everybody an incentive to pay attention to our filings,” Erck said. Erck added that the Novavax vaccine would likely first be available for countries outside the U.S. participating in the Covax program, possibly by the end of September. Novavax won a $1.6 billion contract for 100 million doses from the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed. The company has never produced a vaccine cleared by regulators in its 33-year history. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

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Ten GOP Senators Announce Support for Infrastructure Compromise

(rarrarorro/Getty Images) A bipartisan group of 20 senators, including ten Republicans, announced their support for a compromise framework on infrastructure on Wednesday. Details of the framework were not immediately available, although the cost of the potential bill would be $1.2 trillion over eight years, according to CNN. The backing of ten GOP senators could give the potential bill a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, if all 50 Democrats vote in favor. “We support this bipartisan framework that provides an historic investment in our nation’s core infrastructure needs without raising taxes,” the group said in a statement. “We look forward to working with our Republican and Democratic colleagues to develop legislation based on this framework to address America’s critical infrastructure challenges.” Twenty senators from both parties announce support for $1.2T, eight-year bipartisan infrastructure outline pic.twitter.com/0aTxnBGwzM — Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 16, 2021 #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c905d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c905d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c905d { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c905d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9471 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9471 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9471 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9471 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c96a3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c96a3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c96a3 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c96a3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9845 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9845 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9845 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9845 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c999e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c999e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c999e { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c999e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } President Biden initially proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that includes funding for bridges, roads, and railways, and a national network of charging stations for electric vehicles, among other provisions. Republicans have attempted to lower the price tag on the bill and have insisted that legislation not include tax increases. Additionally, the GOP senators have strived to keep former President Trump’s 2017 tax reform measures in place. Democrats have explored options for passing an infrastructure bill via budget reconciliation rules, which allow certain pieces of legislation to pass the Senate via a simple majority vote instead of a filibuster-proof 60 votes. However, Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) cautioned against using budget reconciliation to pass an infrastructure bill in comments to NBC earlier this month. “Are you ready to go it alone with just Democrats?” reporter Garrett Haake asked Manchin. “No. I don’t think we should. I really don’t,” Manchin responded. “Right now, basically, we need to be bipartisan.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.
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