1) The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Infrastructure Bills
2) Keep in mind that the vote later tonight on the bipartisan infrastructure bill is just PROCEDURAL. It is similar to the vote which failed last week to break a filibuster last week…because the bill wasn’t complete. We are days away from final passage.
3) This vote tonight requires 60 yeas. It is a vote to break a filibuster on the motion to start debate on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. It is not even the vote to PROCEED to the bill.
1) On the floor, McCarthy says “mark my words. This is just the beginning.” He says that the House will impose fines of $500 if people walk into the Capitol without masks. For the record, there is no such House provision to fine people walking into the Capitol without a mask.
2) However, Mbrs can be fined for not wearing a mask on the floor.
3) Then, McCarthy dramatically, lowers his voice, and suggests this is a ploy to keep schools closed this fall.
McCarthy: “Maybe if I whisper, the President will listen…then they will try to shut down our businesses one more time.”
A) Today is the first hearing of the House select committee to investigate the Capitol riot. The panel will hear from four police officers who responded to the attack: two from the US Capitol Police. Two from the Metropolitan Washington, DC police.
B) The hearing begins at 9:30 am et and should be done by noon or 12:30 pm et
C) We only expect one around of questions. An opening statement from Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), then remarks from Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). The witnesses will then give opening statements. Each member will get 10 minutes to ask questions.
1) Cheney on 1/6 cmte: Today the speaker objected to two Republican members, she accepted three others she objected to two, one of whom may well be a material witness to events that led to that day, that led to January 6
2) Cheney: The other who disqualified himself by his comments in particular over the last 24 hours demonstrating that he is not taking this seriously.
3) Cheney: The rhetoric around this from the Minority Leader and from those two members has been disgraceful
A) Fox is told former Montgomery County, MD Police Chief Tom Manger could be sworn-in later this week or early next as the new US Capitol Police Chief. Manger also served as the Fairfax County, VA Police Chief.
Manger is expected to meet with some Congressional leaders today.
B) Not everyone was pleased with the selection of Manger. Some rank-and-file officers have expressed they are “puzzled” by the hire, because Manger does not fit the profile of a chief needed to transform the USCP into a “protective” force.
C) Some Republicans are also disappointed in the selection. They note that Manger injected himself into the confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.
1) GOP KY Sen Paul to Fauci: Knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11, 2021? Do you still claim that NIH never funded gain of function research in Wuhan?
2) Fauci: Sen Paul, I have never lied before the Congress and I do not retract that statement. This paper that you were referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function.
3) Fauci: Sen Paul, You do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly. And I want to say that officially..
A) Ocasio-Cortez: We are seeing Cubans rise up and protest for their rights like never before. We stand in solidarity with them, and we condemn the anti-democratic actions led by President Díaz-Canel.
B) Ocasio-Cortez: The suppression of the media, speech and protest are all gross violations of civil rights. We also must name the U.S. contribution to Cuban suffering: our sixty-year-old embargo.
C) Ocasio-Cortez: Last month, once again, the U.N. voted overwhelmingly to call on the United States to lift its embargo on Cuba. The embargo is absurdly cruel and, like too many other U.S. policies targeting Latin Americans, the cruelty is the point.
A) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to What to Watch for With the Infrastructure Bills
B) A couple of things to watch for as Democrats assemble their massive $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill and lawmakers and aides are still toiling behind the scenes on the smaller, bipartisan infrastructure proposal.
C) The first thing is that we still don’t have bill text on the bipartisan plan. There are starting to be real questions as to whether this agreement will hold. It will come down to specifics.
1) Woody Allen famously declared that “90 percent of success in life is just showing up.” That other ten percent must be not showing up to block a legislative assembly from conducting business.
2) Most legislative assemblies, be that the U.S. House and Senate down to town councils require a “quorum” (frequently a majority of all members) to meet. If you can’t meet, you can’t pass bills or laws.
3) This is the exact scenario Texas legislators wanted to block the Texas legislature from meeting and passing its voting bill.
A) U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison briefed lawmakers/aides by phone about the security and political situation in Haiti today
There is a lot of concern about Americans in the country. American Airlines is flying three flights. JetBlue and Spirit resume flights Saturday.
B) The Colombian Justice Minister is traveling to Haiti Saturday because it is believed that former Colombian military troops may have participated. The DHS investigation team is assisting.
C) Fox is told there is starting to be some worry about security at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. About 40 people were at the Embassy yesterday. But now 500 people are there. Many who are gathering are the families of police officers who are worried about their own safety.
1) McCarthyLast week, I asked Devin Nunes, the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to investigate several serious questions regarding the National Security Agency that have so far gone unanswered.
2) McCarthy: In addition to congressional oversight being stonewalled, there was a public report that the NSA read the private communications of Tucker Carlson, a Fox News host.
3) McCarthy: Today’s additional reporting on this issue raises serious questions about the NSA’s practices as it relates to American citizens. Ranking Member Nunes will initiate a thorough and aggressive investigation on behalf of the American people.
1) Fox has learned that the Capitol fence, encircling the immediate perimeter of the U.S. Capitol will come down starting July 8.
2) Officials installed a two layers of fencing blocking off the Capitol shortly after the January 6 riot. Officials removed the larger perimeter of fencing in the spring. But the inner fence remained..
3) That said, Fox is told there are questions as to whether the U.S. Capitol Police have the resources to protect the Capitol. Many officers have left or remain injured. Morale remains very low after the riot.
A) GOP GA Rep Greene: For the last 6 years, Democrats have called Republicans: Nazis, Fascists, White Supremacists, and Enemies of the State. It’s absurd Democrats accuse me of creating an environment of harassment for speaking at a Trump rally and defining them as who they are:
The truth is...
Cori Bush harassed me and it’s on video, then lied to get a bigger office.
Marie Newperson harassed me with a taunting video about her adult son.
The Democrat delegate from Guam harassed me by using the Nat'l Guard a
C) Greene: I receive constant harassment in public caused by the Democrat lies promoted by the media.
Democrats singled me out and kicked me off committees for doing nothing wrong, and the death threats haven’t stopped since.
A) Pelosi to Dems: One year into the devastation of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln sent a message to Congress, imploring Members to join as one to save the union.
B) Pelosi: “Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history,” Lincoln said. “We of this Congress and this administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us.”
C) Pelosi: Today, we have such a responsibility. And we too cannot escape history. We have the duty, to the Constitution and the Country, to find the truth of the January 6th Insurrection and to ensure that such an assault on our Democracy cannot happen again.
A) McConnell: The President has appropriately delinked a potential bipartisan infrastructure bill from the massive, unrelated tax-and-spend plans that Democrats want to pursue on a partisan basis.
B) McConnell: Now I am calling on President Biden to engage Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi and make sure they follow his lead.
C) McConnell: Unless..Schumer..&..Pelosi walk-back their threats that they will refuse to send the president a bipartisan infrastructure bill unless they also separately pass trillions of dollars..then President Biden’s walk-back of his veto threat would be a hollow gesture.
A) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was just on the floor speaking about the bipartisan infrastructure package.
“It was an encouraging sign of progress,” McConnell said.
But then McConnell lowered the boom.
B) McConnell says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “literally pulled out the rug” from the bipartisan coalition by insisting on advancing the bipartisan bill and the broad, expensive Democratic bill.
C) McConnell says “optimism” about the plan “was short-lived.”
McConnell then said President Biden had a “tale of two press conferences.” He argued that the President said two different things in a matter of hours about passing the bills.
1) Progressive Caucus: Hse progressives have been adamant that the WH & Congressional leadership cannot abandon the deep needs in..communities on climate..housing,..making billionaires and large corporations finally pay their fair share, for the sake of a bipartisan compromise.
2) Progressive Caucus: A recent poll of our 95-member Caucus showed overwhelming support for the House not passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill unless a larger reconciliation package containing our progressive priorities moved simultaneously.
3) Progressive Caucus: The stakes are too high in this moment, and progressives won’t let our chance to meet the needs of working families pass without a fight.
A) Dem MA Sen Warren on infrastructure: It's not a framework of the whole infrastructure deal. It's a piece. And there are evidently been some negotiations that may be succeeding around roads and bridges and
B) Warren: It includes making sure that this package is paid for by making billionaires and giant corporations pay a fair share. So, part of the deal seems to be locking into place. But there's just one deal here, and it takes all the pieces to make it go forward.
C) Warren: For what there is, there is no overall deal. There is one deal at the end, and it's not going be the case that there's going to be an infrastructure train that leaves the station and leaves childcare behind. :eaves green energy behind..
1) Fox is told that the bipartisan coalition of senators will head to the White House around 11:45 am et to meet with President Biden about the infrastructure plan to get final sign-off.
2) But, I am told that meeting time could change because of the President’s schedule and roll call votes on Capitol Hill.
3) As to the details, Fox has learned that the topline spending figure for NEW spending is $559 billion. It had been $579 billion. It is lower because the plan repurposes $20 billion in previously appropriated broadband funds.