What to know in Washington: Time-strapped senators meet on guns

After coming together to forge a bipartisan framework to address gun violence and mass shootings, Republican and Democratic senators will go their separate ways today to gauge domestic support for the proposal and discuss next steps, with time a tight deadline. critical factor.

The main Republican negotiator, the senator. John Corny (Texas), seemed optimistic yesterday. Cornyn said releasing the principles of the deal was not easy and agreeing on the legislative text would be “even more difficult”, but he hopes “we can finish this work in the next few days”. .

This would allow the Senate Majority Leader chuck schumer (DN.Y.) to put it down next week. For his part, Schumer said it would take more negotiations to get 60 votes, but once it’s finalized, “I’ll get this bill to the ground quickly.”

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Lawmakers are under pressure to complete the process before the July 4 two-week recess, which is expected to begin at the end of next week. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said it was dangerous to drag out his time away from the Hill, especially with other issues such as a potential Supreme Court ruling overturning abortion rights that could sidetrack the attention of legislators.

“You try to capture the moment and the momentum,” Durbin said. “And we have both. And so waiting runs the risk of another critically important issue knocking it off the schedule.

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

Cornyn speaks to the media after the weekly Republican caucus luncheon at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC on June 7.

Lawmakers will have to negotiate measures to offset the cost of the bipartisan Senate deal on gun violence policies, key senators said yesterday.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a key dealmaker, told reporters his “intention is for it to be fully paid.” Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) told reporters “you have to pay for it.” And the senator. Richard Burer (RN.C.) said he expects there to be a conversation about compensation.

Lawmakers have not released any legislative text or estimate of the total cost of the bill.

It’s happening on the Hill


  • The Senate meets at 11 a.m. to resume consideration of a bill to extend benefits to veterans exposed to toxic substances.
  • House members meet at 10 a.m. with votes on Supreme Court wildlife safety and conservation bills.

The House approved bipartisan legislation designed to lighten the supply chain safeguards by preventing shipping carriers from charging inaccurate fees and unreasonably denying space on ships. Lawmakers voted 369 to 42 on Monday in favor of the measure, the first major overhaul of shipping rules since 1998. Read more about Lillianna Byington.

A coalition of advocates for children’s mental and physical health urges Senate Commerce Committee leaders to advance bipartisan legislation to make social media platforms liable for harm to minors. The committee is expected to vote on the Child Online Safety Act this month, more than 100 groups led by the American Psychological Association, the Eating Disorders Coalition, Fairplay and Mental Health America said in a Tuesday letter. Learn more about Andrea Vittorio.

Tampon makers say they are working to replenish supply of their products after shortages were reported on shelves across the country. Monday, sen. Maggie Hassan (DN.H.) sent a letter to tampon companies asking what they plan to do to respond to reports of reduced supply and price gouging by third-party sellers. Learn more about Ella Ceron and Daniela Sirtori-Cortina.

Elections and politics

Republicans push for victory in special election Tuesday in Texas could be a taste of the party’s gains in the fall. Mayra Flores, a Mexican-born Republican activist and health care worker, faces Democrat Dan Sanchez, a former county commissioner, in the mostly Hispanic 34th District on the US-Mexico border.

A victory for Flores would reduce the small Democratic advantage in the House and give the GOP a boost of confidence ahead of the Nov. 8 general election that will likely favor Republicans, given Biden’s low approval rating and the long-standing trend of the party from the White House to perform poorly. in the midterm elections. Read more from Greg Giroux.

Gun control, abortion, the economy and the legacy of former President Donald Trump dominated the first and only televised debate between four Republican candidates vying to win the GOP primary for governor of New York on June 28.

Taking an unusual format from the start, only three candidates participated in person – Rep. Lee Zeldin, businessman Harry Wilson and former Westchester County manager Rob Astorino. Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, was barred from entering the studio due to vaccine requirements. He remains unvaccinated against Covid-19 so he participated remotely. Laura Nahmias shares highlights from the debate.

Louisiana-led 14-state coalition may get another chance to strike down Biden’s mandate that all health care workers must be vaccinated against Covid to keep their jobs, under a ruling Monday by a federal appeals court in New Orleans. The three-judge appeals panel — all appointed by Republicans — rejected a 2021 Louisiana trial judge’s ruling blocking Biden’s health workers’ vaccine requirement. Read more about Laurel Brubaker Calkins.

The American Medical Association has gone further than ever disappeared in its reproductive health policies as the U.S. Supreme Court nears a ruling that could cede abortion rights to states. The AMA’s governing body voted Monday night to pass resolutions that oppose state efforts to criminalize abortion and other reproductive health services. The preeminent association of doctors and medical students had previously taken the position of tying its abortion-related policies to the law. Read more from Shira Stein.

Texas Taxpayers Foot the State’s War Bill with Wall Street on guns. Municipal borrowers across the state have been hit with up to $532 million in additional debt costs due to a new GOP law that led some banks to pull out of the Texas bond market. That’s the conclusion of a new article by Daniel Garrett, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Ivan Ivanov, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve. Learn more about Amanda Albright and Danielle Moran.

About the Administration


  • The 11 a.m. president is scheduled to speak at the AFL-CIO’s 29th Quadrennial Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Emergency rental assistance centers are closing abruptly across the country as short-term federal aid dries up, leaving states scrambling to protect vulnerable renters facing steep rises in housing costs. Emergency housing assistance programs, which aim to help tenants avoid eviction, particularly during the Covid pandemic, were vital lifelines for tenants of color, low-income residents, people with disabilities, parents with children, those who may not have retirement benefits and immigrants. .Read more about Ayanna Alexander.

Pockets of Wall Street are raising the possibility that the Federal Reserve could go to great lengths on Wednesday to try to control the highest US inflation in four decades. While the consensus expectation for a U.S. central bank interest rate hike at this week’s meeting is half a percentage point, higher consumer price index data than expected last Friday resulted in higher upside estimates. Emily Graffeo, Amelia Pollard and Edward Bolingbroke have more.

Biden will visit Saudi Arabia next month and is set to meet the country’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, according to an NBC report. Biden will visit the country July 15-16 and hold meetings with officials including the Crown Prince, the network reported citing sources he did not identify, Report by Josh Wingrove and Jordan Fabian.

Senior US and Chinese officials discussed Taiwan, Ukraine and other security issues in Luxembourg, in the latest sign that the leaders of the world’s two largest economies are trying to keep high-level communications open despite simmering tensions. The talks could fuel speculation that Biden and his counterpart Xi Jinping will talk again soon. Jenny Leonard recaps the talks.

With the help of Jack Fitzpatrick

To contact the reporters on this story: Brandon Lee in washington at [email protected]; Nancy Ognanovitch in washington at [email protected]

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