Cramm for 12/16/21


Joe Biden might need to wait until 2022 to Build Back Better. 



Back in July, Prez Biden intro’d the “Build Back Better Act:” a $3.5 trillion budget plan that would let Dems spend money on climate change, healthcare, family services, and more. The idea was to pass it with the bipartisan infrastructure bill, so some progressive policies could be passed separately by Dems. Only a slight problem…some moderate Dems (we’re looking at you, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema) balked at the $3.5 trillion price tag. So Dems went back to the drawing board, cut some programs, and came up with a $1.75 trillion proposal. 



There are…still lots of problems. It’s nearly the end of the year, and Dems have yet to vote for the Build Back Better Act. While the House of Reps narrowly passed it last month, there’s currently no sign of a Senate vote. Because, Joe Manchin



The Senate is evenly split between the two parties, with VP Kamala Harris serving as the tiebreaker and giving Dems a very slim majority. Whiiiiiich means Dems can’t afford to lose even one vote. That’s given Manchin, a Dem who’s been known to side with Republicans on controversial votes, an enormous amount of power. Private talks between Biden and Manchin have reportedly stalled, with Manchin pushing to eliminate a child tax credit that’s served as a major priority for Biden. 



There’s no clear resolution to Manchin’s issues with the Build Back Better Act. TBD on whether Dems will be able to agree on something in 2022. 


CORONAVIRUS: Britain’s health sec just announced some shocking news: 200,000 people nationwide became infected with the Omicron variant on Monday. That’s about four times the official numbers for that day. The declaration led to fears of a similar surge throughout Europe, where coronavirus cases in general have already been rising for weeks. See: France is banning all nonessential travel with the UK and tightening testing requirements. Lots of places in the US are also prepping for a rise in cases. Princeton, NYU, Cornell, and Middlebury have moved finals online, with some colleges in the Northeast going fully remote for the rest of the semester. And in New York, multiple Broadway shows - including ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ - have canceled performances due to positive covid tests. 


DISASTERS: Recently, a private plane headed for Florida crashed in the Dominican Republic, killing all nine people on board. The plane was reportedly trying to land just minutes after taking off, though it’s unclear why. The victims include Puerto Rican music producer ‘Flow La Movie,’ who’s known for his work with artists like Bad Bunny. Meanwhile, earlier today, heavy winds swept a bouncy castle into the air during a celebration at an elementary school in Australia. At least 5 children were killed and 4 others were seriously injured. Authorities said the children - who are thought to be between the ages of 10 and 12 - had fallen from a height of nearly 33 feet. 


WEATHER: Much of the US is facing extreme weather right now. Record December heat in the middle of the country has created an “unprecedented” threat, bringing hurricane-force winds, fires, and more tornadoes to the Great Plans and the Midwest. At least 55 reports of wind gusts over 75 mph were confirmed in the region yesterday - setting a single-day record. In Minnesota, the state reported a tornado for the first time in the month of December. And hundreds of thousands of people are without power as this powerful storm system swept through the Midwest. In other news, Super Typhoon Rai (which is also known as Odette) just slammed into the Philippines. The storm could bring torrential rain and the threat of flooding to 20 million people. Already, tens of thousands of people have evacuated. 


Fugitive Maryland zebras:” what were finally found. Cue Madagascar end credits. 


“We were like, ‘Sure, go ahead, live in our shower’” - a Florida couple after discovering 80,000 bees in the wall of their shower. Unbeelievable. 

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