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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 837,664; Tuesday, 839,500; Wednesday, 842,322; Thursday, 844,562.
The news is not getting any better for President BidenJoe BidenBiden’s nominee for Fed’s No. 2 post says combating inflation top task Harris says she won’t ‘absolve’ senators over voting rights push Obama backs Biden push on changing filibuster MORE.
The Labor Department announced on Wednesday that inflation jumped at its fastest rate in nearly 40 years in December, representing a 7 percent increase from last year (The Associated Press). Hours later, a poll showed Biden’s already plummeting approval rating at a new low of 33 percent (The Hill).
Exacerbating those issues is the president’s inability to further an agenda on Capitol Hill. His latest push to reform voting rights appears to have hit a brick wall within his own party, becoming yet another example of frustration at the White House as the year begins.
Biden and Democratic leaders are nonetheless attempting to create legislative momentum. Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBusiness executives urge Senate to bypass filibuster to pass voting rights Former colleagues honor Reid in ceremony at Capitol Biden to meet with Senate Democrats in voting rights push MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday laid out the party’s roadmap for bringing up election reform and voting rights legislation and, ultimately, to try to scrap the legislative filibuster to do so.
As The Hill’s Jordain Carney details, the Democratic leader is planning to use Senate procedure to bypass the 60-vote prerequisite needed to start debate by considering the bill as a “message,” a loophole that lets them bypass how many times they need to break a filibuster….