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Infrastructure bill passes House

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN’s infrastructure plan would benefit roads, bridges, transit systems and more. Above, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (Flickr/This Guy).

UPDATE: The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill proposed by President Joe Biden won approval by the House of Representatives Friday night in Washington, D.C. The vote was 228-206, with 13 Republicans in favor and six Democrats opposed. The bill, which has already been approved by the Senate, now goes to Biden for his signature.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called an audible on Friday and announced that the $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill proposed by President Joe Biden and Democrats would go for a vote before the $3.5 trillion social safety net and climate change package.

That’s the reverse of the earlier plan to take up the infrastructure legislation second.

Holding up the original play, according to the Associated Press, was a demand by some centrist Democrats in the House of Representatives to first see a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office on the larger proposal.

“Welcome to my world,” said Pelosi (D-California). “We are not a lockstep party.”

Democrats hold narrow advantages in both the House of Representatives and Senate. Defections could prevent package since Republicans appear to be unanimous in opposition to both measures.

Job picture takes a brighter turn

HIRING PICKED up strongly in October, according to the Labor Department (Shutterstock).

Employers in the U.S in October added 531,000 jobs, a rebound that may justify optimism about the economy.

According to the Associated Press, the Labor Department on Friday announced the rise in payrolls, with hiring at restaurants, bars, factories, offices and warehouses leading the surge.

Hiring is connected to the overall business picture because the supply chain of goods is dependent on enough workers to create and transport those items.

“The world is normalizing,” said Brian Moynihan of Bank of America. “We’re winning the war on the virus in Europe and North America” and “consumers are spending a lot of money.”

Sports: Rodgers says allergy kept him from vaccine

AARON RODGERS

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Saturday that he has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus because he is allergic to an ingredient in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

Rodgers, who will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs because he has tested positive for COVID-19, said he had been “immunized” by a treatment, a plea not accepted by the NFL, according to ESPN.

Weekend football schedule

  • USC (4-4) at Arizona State (5-3) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
  • UCLA (5-4) is idle.
  • Los Angeles Rams (7-1) host Tennessee Titans (6-2) at 5:20 p.m. in Sunday
  • Los Angeles Chargers (4-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

Weather: It’s back to the Sixties

If you wake up feeling a little foggy on Saturday morning, it may just be the weather. The forecast is for dense fog in the West Orange County area through a.m. Saturday with visibility of less than a quarter-mile in some places. After that, the sun will eventually break through and the daytime high will be 69 degrees (55 overnight.) Sunday will be similar with a high of 68 (54) with clouds in the morning and sun in the afternoon.

For the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, the dense fog advisory is also in place. Saturday’s high will be 67 (56) cooling slightly to 66 on Sunday.

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