FIRST to @NBCNews:

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, will not run for re-election in 2022, he tells NBC.… via @NBCNews
He is the only Democratic representative from the Republican-heavy state and has been a central broker advancing Biden’s agenda, including authoring and shepherding the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus through Congress.

It’s his “proudest moment,” he says.
The announcement makes him the fourth Democratic House member to announce they’re retiring at the end of this term ahead of what’s already expected to be a challenging year for Democrats looking to maintain their narrow majority in the House.
@SpeakerPelosi on @RepJohnYarmuth announcement:

Americans “had a fierce and extraordinarily effective champion for their health, financial security and well-being.”

“The Congress will lose a greatly respected Member and our Caucus will lose a friend whose wise counsel,
expertise, humor and warmth is cherished. We thank John’s wife Cathy for sharing him with the Congress and the Country, and we wish both of them the best as they begin the next chapter of their journey,” Pelosi writes in part.

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6 Oct
NEW: White House Testing Director Carole Johnson spoke exclusively with NBC ahead of today's testing announcement/investment.

1. an added $1 billion to purchase at-home rapid Covid tests

2. Johnson to NBC: Will “help to send a signal to manufacturers to ramp up production,"
w @spettypi

3. they plan to triple the number of at-home tests on the market by early November and quadruple that number by December, giving the U.S. 200 million tests per month.

4. Still, it won’t achieve the volume of tests necessary unless they can be bought cheaper, some
public health experts say.

5. More Johnson: “In the coming weeks all of the major impacts of these major investments and improvements will be visible,” she said. The White House, she said, has also secured commitments from leading retailers to sell the tests at cost and
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17 Sep
The panel, however, could still clear the shots for older populations. Scientists continued debating the need for a third dose of the vaccines for people 60 and older after their initial vote, leaving open the possibility of other votes.
Before the vote, some ... said they were concerned there wasn’t enough data to make a recommendation, while others argued 3rd shots should be limited to certain groups, ... Some members raised concerns ab the risk of myocarditis in younger people, saying more research is needed.
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👉The full Biden plan here:

1. Requiring All Employers with 100+ Employees to Ensure their Workers are Vaccinated or Tested Weekly
2. Requiring Vaccinations for all Federal Workers and for Millions of Contractors.
3. Requiring vax for over 17 Million Health Care Workers at
Medicare and Medicaid Participating Hospitals and Other Health Care Settings
4. Calling on Large Entertainment Venues to Require Proof of Vaccination or Testing for Entry
5. Requiring Employers to Provide Paid Time Off to Get Vaccinated
6. Requiring Staff in Head Start Programs,
DOD Schools, and Bureau of Indian Education-Operated Schools to be Vaccinated
7. Calling on All States to Adopt Vaccine Requirements for All School Employees
8. Providing Additional Funding to School Districts for Safe School Reopening, Including Backfilling Salaries and
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9 Sep
First to @NBCNews
Details of Biden's new COVID plan to be announced today:

1. Biden is expected to ask the Dept. of Labor to put out a rule for any employers with more than 100 employees to have a vaccine requirement and/or testing requirement.
2. The president is expected to announce a requirement for health care facilities with Medicare and Medicaid to have to have staff 100% vaccinated.
(very big deal because the places that are stretched are the places that aren’t mandating because they can’t or they’ll lose nurses)
3. Biden is expected to give an update on both boosters and monoclonal antibodies.
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30 Aug
NEW: US Education Dpt. opening civil rights investigations into 5 states w bans on mask mandates: Iowa, Okla, S. Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.

to explore whether they "discriminate against students with disabilities who are at heightened risk for severe illness from COVID."
the Department's Office of Civil Rights "has not opened investigations in Florida, Texas, Arkansas, or Arizona because those states’ bans on universal indoor masking are not currently being enforced as a result of court orders or other state actions."
There are all kinds of kids at issue: Those with asthma, diabetes, heart and lung conditions to name a few.

NBC reported last week that the ACLU was filing a lawsuit against the Gov. of South Carolina @henrymcmaster over the same issue.

These kids are getting sick and ...
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20 Aug
NEW to @NBCNews:

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is calling school administrators in Florida – who are now facing loss of income for defying state rules barring mask mandates -- to urge them to hold the line, according to two administration officials.
On Friday, Florida Ed Commissioner Richard Corcoran said Broward & Alachua County school board members who voted to impose a mask mandate, in violation of a state ban on such mandates, could start losing their monthly pay as soon as next week unless they reverse their policy.
Cardona is calling local officials to assure them that, under a series of coronavirus relief funds passed by Congress, they can bill any lost income to millions in federal funds that have already been dispersed to school districts.…
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