The Senate is nearing the finish line of a well over $ 200 billion package of laws aimed at boosting US competitiveness in the face of a rising China, with a vote starting today.
The bill, which would authorize $ 190 billion for measures including increased federal spending on research and development as well as emergency spending of $ 52 billion for domestic semiconductor manufacturing, faces at least another proposed amendment, following a series of changes last month.
The Senate will vote today on an amendment by Sen. John cornyn (R-Texas) that would remove language requiring companies to pay current wages to employees or contractors who build or work in semiconductor manufacturing plants. “I think we are stuck and hopefully this will be done by the close of business tomorrow,” Cornyn told reporters yesterday. “Right now, we are very exposed to vulnerable supply chains for critical semiconductors. ”
Cornyn has said he expects to lose that vote, but will always support the comprehensive bill given its importance.
This could trigger the final passage today. The course in the House is unclear, with Democratic leaders yet to set a course of action beyond the House science committee that is considering its own plan to reorganize the National Science Foundation. Read more about Daniel Flaly.
Happens on the Hill
Agenda of the day:
- The Senate plans to vote on two judicial appointments for U.S. district courts before resuming consideration of China’s competition bill.
- Majority leader in the Senate Chuck schumer (DN.Y.) plans a vote later today on whether the chamber will pass legislation to close the gender pay gap. The 50 senators who caucus with the Democrats have signed on as a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, but the bill needs the support of at least 10 Republicans to stand for the vote. The legislation would prohibit employers from using wage history to set workers’ wages and prohibit retaliation against employees who discuss compensation, among other measures, Andrew Kreighbaum reports.
- Click here for a full list of today’s hearings and surcharges.
Schumer and Pelosi come under pressure as infrastructure talks halt: Democratic leaders in Congress face a narrowing of the path to pushing President Joe Biden’s $ 4 trillion economic agenda forward without Republican support, as negotiations with the GOP risk stalling. Biden is expected to meet again with the senior Republican negotiator on the infrastructure part of his plan, the senator. Shelley Moore Captain (RW.Va.) today, the day before she left on a week-long trip to Europe to meet other world leaders. After several rounds of talks, the two sides remain distant and Capito has said it will not come up with a new counter-offer.
Schumer and speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Working with the thinnest margins in the House and Senate, was pushing through Biden’s jobs and infrastructure proposal before Congress left for the August recess. But time is running out to prepare and pass a bill before this deadline. And Democrats, including Schumer, have been reluctant to get bogged down in months of negotiations, as they were in 2009 on the Affordable Care Act. Read more about Steven T. Dennis and Laura Litvan.
Pipeline cybersecurity solutions suffer from oversight division: Concerns over cybersecurity jurisdiction over critical infrastructure are a potential obstacle to Congress’ efforts to establish tighter oversight after the recent hacks against Colonial Pipeline and JBS, as lawmakers must address one of the breaches during the hearings this week. At least five congressional committees oversee similar pipeline cybersecurity issues in departments such as homeland security and energy, resulting in tensions and delays in efforts to advance unified cybersecurity legislation that requires the approval of the various panels. Read more about Rebecca Kern.
The coalition pushes Congress to keep the oil tax breaks: Conservative groups, led by Americans for Tax Reform, have spoken out against plans to eliminate tax deductions from the oil industry, saying the change would kill jobs and increase energy costs. In a letter to congressional leaders, they pointed to an intangible drilling costs deduction, which allows oil and gas companies to immediately deduct certain expenses, such as labor, site preparation and repairs. “It is a legitimate cost recovery mechanism that should be made permanent throughout the tax code,” they said, Jennifer A. Dlouhy reports.
Politics and influence
Several global websites displayed as offline: Several websites are experiencing outages today, including the New York Times, Amazon Web Services and Reddit with Fastly, a CDN provider cited as the reason for the outage, Luke McGrath Reports. The New York Times website displays the following error: “Quick Error: Unknown”.
Governor of Virginia Primary: Virginia Democrats will today pick their gubernatorial candidate to take on Republican Glenn Youngkin in November. Among the five candidates, former Governor Terry McAuliffe, who served from 2014 to 2018, is the poll and fundraiser leader, Emily Wilkins reports. A Roanoke College poll found McAuliffe to be the clear leader in the field, with around 49% of respondents planning or had already voted for him. The next candidate with the highest support, at 11%, is Jennifer Carroll Foy, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Richmond State Senator Jennifer McClellan answered 9%. If either were to become governor, she would be the first black woman to do so in Virginia.
New Jersey GOP Governor’s Primary: Voters in New Jersey today will choose the GOP gubernatorial candidate to run against incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, Emily Wilkins reports. Four candidates are in the running for the nomination. The frontrunner is Jack Ciattarelli, a former member of the state assembly who has tried to strike a balance between strong supporters of former President Donald Trump and other conservatives.
Biden strategist joins lobbying firm: Digital campaign strategist Rebecca Christopher has joined lobbying and public affairs firm Invariant, Megan R. Wilson reports. She has previously worked for clients including Biden’s presidential campaign, and was involved in Mike Bloomberg’s 2020 candidacy, handling national email content and strategy. Prior to that, she worked for Purpose, a social impact marketing firm, where her clients included the Women’s March Global Network, March of Dimes, Discovery, and Sesame Workshop. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of the parent company of Bloomberg Government.
Biden officials back Trump in rape accuser trial: The Biden administration backs Trump’s position that he calls himself a government employee under a law that would allow him to dodge a libel lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, the New York advice columnist who claims to have raped her two decades ago. Late yesterday, attorneys for the Department of Justice filed a case with a federal appeals court adopting essentially the same position as the department. staked while Trump was still in power – that presidents are covered by the Westfall Act of 1988, which protects public officials from personal prosecution for actions related to their official duties. Read more about Peter Blumberg.
Around the administration
Biden unveils supply chain plan to boost medicine and chip production: Biden has released a multi-pronged strategy to secure critical supply chains in products ranging from drugs to microchips, and is also considering a potential trade investigation that could result in U.S. tariffs on some magnet imports, said officials.
The administration will establish a supply chain disruption task force to address short-term bottlenecks that may affect economic recovery. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, along with her transportation and agriculture counterparts Pete Buttigieg and Tom Vilsack, will lead the team which will focus on the disparities between supply and demand in areas such as construction and construction. housing, semiconductors, transportation, agriculture and food, administration officials told reporters. . Read more about Jenny Leonard.
Biden and Johnson to rally with G-7 for vaccination campaign after US hoarding: Biden’s first overseas trip as president will focus on boosting the availability of Western coronavirus vaccines abroad – an attempt to both counter China and ease tensions with allies who disagree with the United States over their accumulation of vaccines and intellectual property rights.
Biden leaves tomorrow for the Group of Seven summit in the UK, leaving the US, where the pandemic is receding, to discuss how the world’s richest democracies can help the rest of the world eliminate the virus. Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are both aiming to rally the G-7 to a plan to make more clichés available to low-income countries. Biden and Johnson will meet for the first time on Thursday, ahead of the G-7. Read more about Josh Wingrove.
With the help of Brandon lee, Emilie Wilkins, and Andrew Kreighbaum
To contact the reporter on this story: Giuseppe Macri in Washington at [email protected]