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Will Biden’s $1.85T plan pass?

U.S. CAPITOL building, the seat of Congress, in Washington, D.C. (Wikipedia photo).

Now that Congress has passed President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, the White House expressed confidence Sunday that the $1.85 trillion domestic and climate change policy package will pass the House of Representatives this coming week.

Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, said, “This, more than anything, will go at the costs Americans face,” referring to inflation. “It will get a vote, it will pass.”

Democrats have a small but stable majority in the House, but must thread the needle to gain passage in the Senate, which is evenly split at 50-50. Vice President Kamala Harris can break a tie, but they cannot afford a single defection. Centrist Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Krysten Sinema of Arizona want a less expensive program. Republicans are expected to be unanimous in their opposition.

Fla. lawmakers on vaccine mandate bans

FLORIDA lawmakers may pass bills pushing back against vaccine mandates (Shutterstock).

The Florida state legislature on Monday will begin taking up consideration of four bills to penalize businesses and government agencies that require employees to be vaccinated.

According to Reuters, Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said “No cop, no nurse, nobody should be losing their job because of theses jabs.”

Such legislation may run afoul of a federal executive order requiring that all companies with 100 or more employees be vaccinated by Jan. 4 or submit to weekly testing to detect infection with the coronavirus.

Sports: Alabama leaps into second

The latest AP Top 25 College Football poll released today (Sunday) continues to have Georgia (10-0) on top, but Alabama (9-1) has leapfrogged Cincinnati (10-0) into second place over the Bearcats. The rest of the top 10 is Oregon (9-1) in fourth, Ohio State (9-1) in fifth, Notre Dame (9-1) in sixth, Michigan State  (9-1) in seventh, Michigan (9-1) in eighth, Oklahoma (9-1) in ninth and Ole Miss (8-2) in 10th.

  • Los Angeles Chargers lost 27-20 to the Minnesota Vikings today (Sunday) at home and fell to 5-4.

Weather:  It’s back to the seventies

The West Orange County area will go back to the Seventies on Monday. By that, we mean the forecast is for the daytime high to drop to 78 under mostly sunny skies, with an overnight low of 54. Clouds will move in by Tuesday with a high of 68 (54) and 69 (54) on Wednesday. In coastal Huntington Beach, Monday’s high is expected to be 74 (56), declining to 65 on Tuesday.

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