Politics Schumer opens door to more COVID-19 spending
Giannis Antetokounmpo opens the door to playing for another team
In the end Giannis decided to stay in Milwaukee because it was difficul t. And then, improbably, the Bucks won. “One challenge was to bring a championship here and we did,” he told me. “It was very hard, but we did. Very, very hard. I just love challenges. What’s the next challenge? The next challenge might not be here.” It’s not that he doesn’t love Milwaukee, he said. But he was always wary of things becoming too easy. “Me and my family chose to stay in this city that we all love and has taken care of us—for now,” Giannis said. “In two years, that might change. I’m being totally honest with you.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he’d consider new federal spending to help the nation deal with the omicron COVID variant.
“I think it would be foolish for us not to try and address this in a timely way,” Schumer said Tuesday.
The Biden administration isa request for $16 billion to fund updated vaccinations and treatments, such as monoclonal antibodies, that may be needed to deal with the variant, according to media reports.
Schumer told reporters the Biden administration hasn’t asked Congress for new funding yet.
“The administrator administration is not asking me for anything at this point,” Schumer said. “But if they do, I would hope we would follow their lead. Look at it carefully, but follow their lead and get something done.”
Democrats say they have the votes to advance $3.5T budget measure
Senate Democrats say they have the votes needed to pass a $3.5 trillion budget resolution, which would green light a massive spending measure packed with President Biden's top legislative priorities.In addition to the $1.2 trillion bipartisan deal currently being debated by the Senate, Democrats are expected to try to pass a $3.5 trillion bill along party lines through a budget process that lets them bypass a GOP filibuster.In order to doIn addition to the $1.2 trillion bipartisan deal currently being debated by the Senate, Democrats are expected to try to pass a $3.5 trillion bill along party lines through a budget process that lets them bypass a GOP filibuster.
Congress has passed five COVID aid bills costing several trillion dollars, including a $1.9 trillion COVID spending bill President Joe Biden signed in March. The last measure included more than $70 billion for vaccines, treatments, and other public health programs related to the coronavirus. Republicans did not support the last round of COVID spending, arguing enough had been allocated in previous bills and hundreds of billions remained unspent.
Health officials havethe omicron variant is highly transmissible but could cause milder symptoms than other COVID variants.
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Congress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default .
Congress faces a government shutdown by week's end and the expiration of the debt limit on Dec. 15, giving Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) two big challenges at the start of a very busy December. Schumer on Monday said avoiding a shutdown would be a top priority in the week ahead. "With so many critical issues, the last thing that the American people need right now is a shutdown. The last thing the American people need right now is a government shutdown, and Democrats are going to work this week to make sure we don't have one," he said.