COMPASS: The Senate returns; California ignores the science

July 14th, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Washington DC, like many areas of the country, is apparently experiencing a resident exodus after a year of COVID19 lockdowns and rioting. The DCist reports that more than 9,000 of the city’s residents have left for good.

The Senate is back in session this week. The House is only meeting for committee work. Senators are still churning on their infrastructure proposals: a $1.2 trillion bipartisan legislative bill, and a reconciliation package that is likely to be far more partisan. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had put the price tag on the reconciliation legislation as high as $6 trillion, though that topline number appears to have fallen to closer to $3.5 trillion.

According to Axios, “the emerging agreement” will include Biden’s national daycare proposal, as well as expanded climate and housing programs, with funding offset with new revenue raising measures — that is, new taxes.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has indicated he wants both the bipartisan infrastructure package and the budget resolution — the first step toward passing a reconciliation bill — to pass the full Senate before senators depart for their August recess. In a speech at CPAC, former President Donald Trump called on “RINO Republicans” to stop working with Democrats on their infrastructure proposal, declaring they are “just being played by the Radical Left Democrats.”

Over at the White House, President Biden has issued a sweeping executive order directing every part of the federal government to take on corporate monopoly power, from Big Tech, to Big Pharma, to Big Agriculture. As John McKinnon and Meghan Bobrwosky reported in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, this is likely to set up a showdown between Big Tech companies and the new chair of the Federal Trade Commission, Lina Khan.

And finally, the CDC released new guidelines over the weekend stating that vaccinated students and teachers do not have to wear masks indoors. California, after lecturing the rest of America for the past year about the primacy of science, has decided to ignore CDC’s recommendation and has instead mandated masking for K-12 students.


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