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On healthcare today, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) is under growing pressure to put the COVID relief fund to a vote.
And tonight, a judge blocked Lifting border restrictions involved in the COVID funding debate, but it’s unclear whether that will help shake up funding.
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Dems push Schumer to ease COVID
A growing number of Senate Democrats say they are ready to vote hard on an amendment to maintain a Section 42 health order at the U.S.-Mexico border if that is what is needed to push through a stalled COVID-19 relief package.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has held the bill as Republicans insist on a vote on a bipartisan amendment to veto the Biden administration’s decision to remove Section 42, a The pandemic that has prevented thousands of migrants from entering the country has ordered asylum seekers.
But a growing number of senior Democrats said they were ready to vote on amendments to break an impasse over new funding for treatments, vaccines and testing as a new variant of the coronavirus is causing infections and deaths to rise across the country.
If Republicans’ demands for a vote on the hot-button issue of border security are not met, COVID-19 relief could stall until after the midterm elections in November.
The amendment was expected to fail, but it was a tough vote for fragile Senate Democrats.
senator. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), whose seat is a top Republican target, said Congress needs to do more on COVID-19 relief, and he’s not afraid of a hard vote, though he hasn’t said how he’ll vote on the Title 42 Amendment .
“I’m worried about future variants and how bad that could get, and I do think we need to do more to make sure we’re ready,” he said.
Breaking tonight: Judge blocks Biden from rolling back Title 42
A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday stop for a whileThe Biden administration ended Section 42, the Trump-era border management policy that allowed officials to quickly deport aliens at the border in a pandemic situation.
The policy was due to end on Monday as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to restructure border and immigration policy following the Trump administration’s sweeping overhaul of the system.
U.S. District Court Robert Summerhays issued a nationwide preliminary injunction to a group of Republican state attorneys general who challenged the policy change. Summer Hayes, appointed by former President Trump, has ruled that the Biden administration cannot withdraw the policy amid broader legal challenges in court.
Summerhays ruled that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) improperly circumvented the process of allowing public input before issuing an order to end the program.
The White House and CDC did not immediately respond when asked for comment.
Pelosi bans communication on abortion rights
San Francisco archbishop bans speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Received Communion for her support for abortion rights and access.
Archbishop Salvador Cordione In a letter to Pelosi on Thursday, he said he had asked to speak to her She vowed to codify the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade, six weeks after Texas banned abortion last September.
He said he had warned Pelosi in an April 7 letter that he had no choice but to prevent her from receiving communion by either refusing to advocate for abortion rights or mentioning her Catholic faith in public. .
“Since you have not publicly denied your position on abortion and continue to justify your position and receive communion by your Catholic faith, the time has come,” Cody Leon said in Thursday’s letter.
“Therefore, in light of my responsibilities as Archbishop of San Francisco, ‘care for all entrusted Christians [my] Beware” (Canon Code, can. 383, §1), through this communication, I hereby inform you that you shall not participate in Holy Communion, or if you do, until you have publicly denied that you are legal about abortion sexual assertion, and in the sacrament of Penance acknowledge and accept the absolution of this grave sin.”
Pelosi, who describes herself as a devout Catholic, has defended her support for abortion rights despite the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion.
“I believe God has given us free will to perform our duties,” Pelosi said at a news conference last September, noting that she is a mother of five.
GOP Resolution to Define ‘Women’ Based on Biological Gender
On Thursday, Republicans introduced a resolution in both chambers of Congress that would define words such as “woman,” “man,” “mother,” and “father” according to their biological sex, a condemnation of transgender and inclusive measures.
Republicans have dubbed the measure the “Women’s Rights Act,” arguing that defining women by their biological sex is necessary to protect women’s rights in places like domestic violence centers, sports fields, locker rooms and bathrooms.
“The Democrats are killing women and the space that we have,” Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.), who oversees the House version of the bill, said at a Thursday news conference announcing the bill alongside the Republican Research Committee. , the largest Conservative caucus in the House of Representatives.
The resolution, which is not legally binding, states that the House holds that, for purposes of federal law, “sex” refers to biological sex; terms such as “mother” and “father” refer to female and male, respectively; Biological sex report data.
this House version of the resolution Has 11 co-sponsors and is driven by the Republican Research Council. Senate version Presented by GOP Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith (Missouri), Cynthia Lummis (Wyoming) and Ted Cruz (Texas).
Philadelphia school districts reinstate mask-wearing rules
The Philadelphia School District announced Friday, Re-implementing the universal mask mandate Beginning Monday, May 23, following the recommendation of the Philadelphia Department of Health, due to the current escalation of COVID-19 cases in the city.
“Until further notice, all district students and staff are required to wear face coverings on school and weekday trips and on school buses and vans,” District Superintendent William Hayter wrote in the announcement.
Philadelphia County has seen a 58% increase in daily cases over the past two weeks, according to The New York Times, while hospitalizations in the city have risen 29% over the same period.
According to city data, more than 77% of adults in Philadelphia have received the full vaccine, more than 34% have received a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 94% of residents 12 and older have received at least one dose.
For children ages 5-11 in Philadelphia, about 36% have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
CDC: 1 new death from unexplained pediatric hepatitis
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Friday that unexplained cases of pediatric hepatitis identified in the U.S. and Europe could lead to new deaths.
The latest deaths reported Thursday raised the potential U.S. death toll to six from five reported by the CDC earlier this month.
At a news conference, a CDC official said 7 percent of the 180 cases reported so far had occurred within the past two weeks. Most cases were found retrospectively, and most children found to have hepatitis have recovered.
So far, no common link has been found that would tie all of these cases together, according to the agency.
According to officials, they still can’t determine whether the cases they’ve detected in the past seven months represent a pre-existing trend just noticed, or if they represent a spike in childhood hepatitis.
In the briefing, officials reiterated that a possible link to adenovirus remains the “leading hypothesis” behind the underlying cause of these hepatitis cases.
what are we reading
- Doctors say vague ‘medical emergency’ exception in abortion law puts pregnant women at risk (statistics)
- African scientists baffled by monkeypox cases in Europe and the US (Associated Press)
- Abbott completes India recall of infant formula products imported from the US (Reuters)
- Former GA Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud (WSB TV)
- Deadlier than a delta? In some states, omicron caused more deaths (NBC News)
- New York City reports possible cases of monkeypox, health department saysWPIX)
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