President Joe Biden quelled for now a brewing confrontation with progressive Democrats with a new moratorium on evictions during the pandemic, but the order invites a legal fight with high-stakes consequences for public health that the government may well lose.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended a ban evictions in areas of the country with substantial and high transmission of coronavirus yesterday, after a firestorm of criticism from Democrats following the lapse of a previous moratorium on Saturday.
A new program to reconnect communities split by highways would get $1 billion in the Senate infrastructure bill, just 5% of what the Biden administration initially proposed, and well below the cost of major projects.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) plan to pass a $550 billion infrastructure bill this week hit a potential obstacle from a surprising source when a key Republican announced he tested positive for Covid-19 and would quarantine for 10 days.
A showdown is brewing between Congress and the Biden administration over whether a political appointee or a nonpartisan civil servant should lead the Energy Department’s cybersecurity office, a role that’s become critically important given the increased frequency of cyberattacks on energy infrastructure.
Immigrants’ rights advocates are pushing ahead with litigation against the Biden administration after negotiations over ending or narrowing a U.S.-Mexico border restriction “reached an impasse,” according to a court filing.
The Senate is heading toward passage this week of the $550 billion infrastructure bill that would provide the biggest infusion of federal spending on public works in decades and mark a major milestone for President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.
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