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Whole U.S. coronavirus deaths as of every morning this week: Monday, 713,350; Tuesday, 714,060; Wednesday, 716,479.

The White Home, reacting on Tuesday to actions in Texas and Florida to dam vaccine mandates affecting employees in these states, accused Republican Govs. Greg AbbottblankGreg AbbottOvernight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — Progressives: Medicare benefit expansions ‘not negotiable’ Texas governor opens new front on vaccine mandates Southwest Airlines CEO ‘not in favor’ of vaccine mandates MORE of Texas and Ron DeSantisblankRon DeSantisOvernight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — Progressives: Medicare benefit expansions ‘not negotiable’ Texas governor opens new front on vaccine mandates Florida fines county .5M for violating COVID-19 vaccine passport ban MORE of Florida of utilizing the coronavirus as marketing campaign fodder by spurning a device that may save lives (The Hill). 


“Gov. Abbott’s govt order banning vaccine mandates — and I might additionally word the announcement by Gov. DeSantis this morning basically banning the implementation of mandates — match a well-recognized sample that we have seen of placing politics forward of public well being,” White Home press secretary Jen PsakiblankJen PsakiOvernight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — Progressives: Medicare benefit expansions ‘not negotiable’ Texas governor opens new front on vaccine mandates Biden to meet in person with president of Kenya at the White House MORE (seen beneath) instructed reporters.  


Abbott opened a brand new entrance within the vaccine mandate wars on Monday night time with an govt order banning such necessities by any “entity in Texas,” together with personal companies. Abbott mentioned the Biden administration is “bullying” companies with a pending federal rule to require employers with greater than 100 employees to compel workers to get vaccinated towards COVID-19, with some wiggle room for a testing different (The Hill).


“The COVID-19 vaccine is secure, efficient, and our greatest protection towards the virus, however ought to stay voluntary and by no means compelled,” Abbott mentioned in a press release. Earlier this 12 months, Abbott barred entities receiving authorities funding from requiring employees to be vaccinated towards the coronavirus (Austin American-Statesman).


The Texas order displays rising hostility by the GOP to vaccine necessities (The Associated Press, The Washington Post).


Opposition to employer vaccine mandates was anticipated by the White Home. It has been greater than a month since President BidenblankJoe BidenHouse votes to raise debt ceiling On The Money — House kicks debt ceiling standoff to December Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — Progressives: Medicare benefit expansions ‘not negotiable’ MORE delivered a forceful speech blaming the unvaccinated for needlessly prolonging a U.S. public well being disaster. He mentioned the Division of Labor would regulate employee security with a rule requiring massive corporations to compel workers to get vaccinated towards COVID-19 or endure weekly testing. The rule has not yet been published, and the administration has nudged states and huge corporations nationwide to behave on their very own within the interim. The administration expects a federal mandate masking personal sector workers to be challenged within the courts.


Within the meantime, public entities, similar to state college programs, the U.S. navy, public hospitals and police departments, have found that deadlines by which workers should fulfill mandated COVID-19 inoculations are a problem. The Los Angeles college system on Tuesday prolonged its deadline for workers (Los Angeles Times). U.S. navy branches have staggered their deadlines, some into June, and discover the strongest resistance to vaccination crops up amongst reserves and the Nationwide Guard, each thought-about important to readiness (The Washington Post).


Hospitals and nursing amenities, already dealing with employee shortages, fear that nurses and well being care aides will strike or stop somewhat than get vaccinated, even in states similar to Oregon and California, the place voluntary vaccination charges within the basic inhabitants are excessive (Newsweek and Los Angeles Times). The Northern District Court docket of New York on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction for all well being care employees, granting a request to cease the state from imposing the coverage for many who declare a religion-based objection to the state’s vaccine mandate (ABC7NY).


NPR: Judging “sincerely held” spiritual beliefs as exemptions for vaccine mandates is hard for employers.


The Hill: Greater than 100,000 employees threaten strikes as unions flex muscle groups.


Surveys of workers reveal threats to stop, however analysis suggests unvaccinated workers typically don’t observe by way of, reports NPR. These officers and company leaders who help vaccine mandates have checked out analysis that signifies the outcomes go the opposite means: Workers need to maintain their jobs and decide to satisfy company necessities. 


Fierce Healthcare is working to anecdotally tally resignations by workers in well being care settings particularly prompted by objections to vaccination necessities somewhat than a menu of different complaints, similar to low wages, office stress, too little time without work and workers shortages.


KPTV: One Missouri hospital CEO worries that he’ll lose extra workers members due to COVID-19 vaccine necessities. He says workers turnover is already robust and he believes mandates don’t work as meant.


Detroit Free Press: 4 hundred employees walked off the job at Henry Ford Well being System somewhat than take a required COVID-19 vaccine, the hospital system mentioned on Tuesday.


Newsweek: Greater than 100 workers stop their jobs at a significant Indiana hospital system, directors mentioned final week. 





The Hill: On the flip facet of resistance to vaccines, 1000’s of Individuals exterior the nation say they’re clamoring to get entry to authorized COVID-19 photographs. Individuals dwelling and dealing overseas proceed to hunt U.S. authorities and congressional assist to acquire vaccine doses approved by the Meals and Drug Administration.


CBS SF: The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention this week introduced the launch of a pilot testing program on the San Francisco Worldwide Airport to determine new coronavirus variants coming into or circulating within the nation.


For the absolutely vaccinated, the US immediately will announce it’s reopening land borders to Mexico and Canada to nonessential, authorized vacationers starting subsequent month, ending a 19-month freeze coverage adopted in the course of the pandemic (The Associated Press).


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CONGRESS: The Home on Tuesday put a brief finish to a potential default on the nationwide debt because it inexperienced lighted a rise of the U.S.’s borrowing authority by way of December. 


Lawmakers voted alongside celebration traces to boost the debt ceiling, 219-206, by advancing a rule for different payments that additionally deemed the Senate-amended debt restrict invoice handed. In complete, the laws raises the ceiling by $480 billion, giving members respiratory room a minimum of by way of Dec. 3 for a longer-term decision (The Hill). 


Biden is anticipated to signal the invoice within the close to future. Treasury Secretary Janet YellenblankJanet Louise YellenHouse votes to raise debt ceiling Pelosi says proposal to take debt ceiling authority away from Congress ‘has merit’ IMF board clears chief of allegations she manipulated data to placate China MORE had given lawmakers till Oct. 18 on the newest to boost the debt ceiling.


The Home’s vote comes lower than every week after senators achieved a breakthrough to extend the nationwide borrowing restrict, however it would present solely a quick respite for Congress. Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnellblankAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse votes to raise debt ceiling On The Money — House kicks debt ceiling standoff to December Pelosi says proposal to take debt ceiling authority away from Congress ‘has merit’ MORE (R-Ky.) has warned that Republicans gained’t help one other short-term extension, whereas Democrats stay adamant they gained’t use the reconciliation course of because the GOP is demanding (The Hill).


That units up a battle between an unstoppable pressure and an immovable object, and solely time will inform which facet is which. Including to the difficulty, funding for the federal government can be set to run out in December, setting the stage for 2 high-stakes jostling matches between the 2 sides to keep away from a shutdown and a default. 


The Wall Street Journal: Home Approves extension of debt ceiling into December.


Politico: ​​Democratic stress retains spiking forward of make-or-break three weeks.


The Hill: Speaker Nancy PelosiblankNancy PelosiHouse votes to raise debt ceiling On The Money — House kicks debt ceiling standoff to December Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — Progressives: Medicare benefit expansions ‘not negotiable’ MORE (D-Calif.) says a proposal to take the debt ceiling authority away from Congress “has benefit.”


In the meantime, the drama on the Democratic facet is just not restricted to these two looming battles as they proceed to weigh learn how to chop down the deliberate $3.5 trillion reconciliation proposal. Pelosi on Tuesday lamented that centrist Democrats have compelled celebration leaders to scale back the price of the social spending bundle, telling reporters that lawmakers must make some robust selections about what to maintain and what to nix or slash within the final invoice. 


“I am very upset that we’re not going with the unique $3.5 trillion, which was very transformative,” Pelosi mentioned throughout her weekly press convention, predicting “some troublesome choices as a result of we’ve fewer assets.” “However no matter we do, we’ll make choices that can proceed to be transformative.”





Among the many anticipated points the invoice was set to sort out in some kind had been an growth of well being care entry, little one care advantages, free teaching programs and efforts to sort out local weather change (The Hill). 


Though polls present that parts of the invoice are widespread, Democrats are seeing their ballot numbers slip. As The Hill’s Jordain Carney points out, a latest CBS News ballot confirmed that solely 10 p.c of respondents know plenty of specifics of the invoice, whereas practically 60 p.c say they do not know any. 


Mike Lillis, The Hill: Pelosi enters pivotal stretch on Biden agenda.


The Hill: Home Funds Chairman John YarmuthblankJohn Allen YarmuthHouse votes to raise debt ceiling On The Money — House kicks debt ceiling standoff to December House Budget Chair John Yarmuth to retire from Congress MORE (D-Ky.), 73, will retire from Congress.


Pete Williams, NBC News: Trump’s use of govt privilege will take a look at congressional energy to implement subpoenas.


POLITICS: Rising pessimism in regards to the U.S. economic system is popping into a possible drawback for Democrats nearly a 12 months out from the 2022 midterm elections as they concern for the way forward for the Biden agenda in Congress and the aforementioned threats of a shutdown and default.


As The Hill’s Sylvan Lane reports, the power of the restoration from COVID-19-induced recession is fading at a dangerous second for Biden and the bulk celebration. The emergence of the delta variant, rising inflation, provide chain shortages, and a slower than anticipated jobs restoration has prompted forecasters to dampen financial development expectations for subsequent calendar 12 months. 


“Total, dangers to financial prospects have elevated and coverage trade-offs have change into extra complicated,” wrote Gita Gopinath, chief economist for the Worldwide Financial Fund. 


All of this might complicate the Democratic effort in 2022, even because the celebration faces pure headwinds. The bulk celebration normally incurs losses throughout a president’s first time period, with 2010 and 2018 serving as prime examples. 


These issues might additionally crop up in lower than three weeks when voters head to the polls in Virginia to resolve between former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin. Going through an in depth race, McAuliffe introduced on Tuesday that he’s turning to a different heavy hitter to assist him win a second time period within the Richmond governor’s mansion: former President ObamablankBarack Hussein ObamaMcAuliffe, Youngkin in dead heat: poll McAuliffe brings in big guns as Democratic worries grow over Virginia Is the Biden administration afraid of trade? MORE.


Obama is ready to marketing campaign alongside McAuliffe in Richmond on Oct. 23 (The Hill). The news comes on the heels of news that first girl Jill BidenblankJill BidenMcAuliffe, Youngkin in dead heat: poll McAuliffe brings in big guns as Democratic worries grow over Virginia McAuliffe says Biden will campaign with him ahead of Virginia governor’s election MORE can even stump for McAuliffe within the capital metropolis of the commonwealth on Friday. 


The New York Times: Nationwide points dominate advert wars in Virginia governor’s race.


The Hill: McAuliffe says Biden will marketing campaign with him forward of the Virginia governor’s election.


Julia Manchester, The Hill: Faculties change into a vital battleground heading into the midterms.


Lisa Lerer, The New York Times: The unlikely situation shaping the Virginia governor’s race: Faculties.


ProPublica: In November, Trump gained a North Texas county in a landslide. His supporters nonetheless hounded veteran Hood County elections administrator Michele Carew till she resigned on Friday. “Once I began out, election directors had been appreciated and extremely revered,” she mentioned. “Now we’re made out to be the dangerous guys.”




ADMINISTRATION: The Division of Homeland Safety says it would stop office sting operations as a part of an effort to shift enforcement to deal with “unscrupulous employers who exploit the vulnerability of undocumented employees,” in line with a memo on Tuesday from Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro MayorkasblankAlejandro MayorkasDHS to end workplace raids, shift focus to employers over undocumented workers More than 100 Haitian migrants rescued from shipping container in Guatemala Blinken warns Haitian migrants against making ‘dangerous’ trip to US MORE. The administration desires to prioritize wage safety, office security and labor rights, together with shielding undocumented employees from deportation whereas their claims are investigated (The Hill). 


> The FDA on Tuesday for the primary time approved e-cigarettes for the U.S. market, particularly approving three vaping merchandise (The New York Times).


> The president immediately will describe efforts in Washington to assist ease personal sector provide chain issues. The White Home says Walmart, Federal Categorical, UPS, Goal, Samsung and House Depot will increase operations to seven days every week, across the clock (The Hill). Yellen insists that shortages of client items and better costs in shops are short-term unwanted side effects of the pandemic. “There could also be remoted shortages of products and companies within the coming months,” Yellen mentioned. “However there may be an ample provide of products. I feel there is no motive for shoppers to panic in regards to the absence of products that they’ll need to purchase at Christmas” (CBS News).

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How Democrats can save themselves, by Ross Douthat, columnist, The New York Instances. 


Extra girls are tuning out politics — a hazard signal for Democrats in Virginia and past, by Karen Tumulty, columnist, The Washington Publish.


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The Home resumed its recess till subsequent week. It meets subsequent for a professional forma session on Friday at midday.


The Senate meets on Thursday at 5 p.m. for a professional forma session. 


The president will obtain the President’s Every day Temporary at 9:30 a.m. At 11:15 p.m., Biden will signal a invoice to designate a September eleventh Nationwide Memorial Path Route. Biden at 1:45 p.m. will meet with senior officers and stakeholders to debate provide chain bottlenecks and ship remarks within the East Room at 2:20 p.m. (reality sheet HERE).


The vp will meet in her ceremonial workplace with Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley of Barbados at 4:20 p.m. 


Second gentleman Doug EmhoffblankDoug EmhoffEmhoff shares photo with Harris highlighting Dodgers-Giants rivalry amid playoffs The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Dems prepare for failed debt ceiling vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Dems mull nuking filibuster to lift debt cap, but may not have votes MORE celebrates his 57th birthday.


The Treasury secretary will attend conferences of the Group of Seven and Group of 20 finance ministers and central financial institution governors tied to this week’s World Financial institution and Worldwide Financial Fund occasions in Washington to debate world tax coverage, pandemic responses, world financial restoration and local weather change.


The World Bank and International Monetary Fund are assembly in Washington each day this week.


The White Home day by day press briefing is scheduled at 1 p.m. The administration’s coronavirus response workforce will temporary reporters at 11 a.m.


Financial indicator: The Bureau of Labor Statistics at 8:30 a.m. stories on U.S. client costs in September. Analysts proceed to evaluate inflation, and rising client costs stay an issue, together with for politicians (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal).


INVITATIONS: The Hill’s Nearly Reside TODAY hosts lawmakers and consultants at 1 p.m., for “Kidney Illness and the Highway to Saving Lives,” with particulars HERE. On THURSDAY, be part of the “Variety and Inclusion Summit,” with registration HERE.


Hill.TV’s “Rising” program options news and interviews at or on YouTube at 10:30 a.m. ET at Rising on YouTube.


PLANES & SPACE: Pilots blamed Southwest’s fifth consecutive day of widespread flight cancellations on the airline. CBS News reported it was nonetheless unclear what’s inflicting the disruptions however that the issues started shortly after the pilot’s union tried to dam Southwest’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandate. … In West Texas at 10 a.m. EDT, actor William Shatner, 90, is scheduled to blast off with different crew members aboard a Blue Origin rocket for an 11-minute trip to the sting of outer house (Yahoo News and The Associated Press). 





COURTS: The Supreme Court docket dismissed a problem from Home Democrats to a Trump border coverage that diverted navy funding to construct a wall (The Hill). … The novel means wherein Texas designed its “heartbeat” abortion regulation was meant to frustrate authorized challenges just like the one the Justice Division filed final month and continued to press this week. The Biden administration argues that the state regulation is plainly unconstitutional and that Texas officers shouldn’t be absolved of duty based mostly on the way it was structured (The Hill). 


CHEMICAL CONTAMINANTS: The reason for cleansing up the cancer-linked chemical substances that contaminate American waterways is supported by many small-town moms, Erin Brockovich, now 61, instructed The Hill in an interview. “They’ve a toddler impacted. They really feel dismissed. They really feel like they are not listened to and that simply revs them up much more, to attempt to discover out `what it’s you recognize that you do not need to inform me,’” she says (The Hill).


And at last … The Nationwide Hockey League reached a brand new frontier on Tuesday night time because the Seattle Kraken took the ice and have become the league’s thirty second franchise, dropping their opener to the Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3.


The Kraken, named for the legendary monster that harbors a resemblance to the large Pacific octopus (which is discovered within the Pacific Northwest), turned the primary skilled hockey workforce to reside in Seattle for the reason that Seattle Totems performed within the Western Hockey League in 1975. 


The final workforce within the space to compete for the Stanley Cup was the Seattle Metropolitans, which took dwelling the award in 1917 earlier than folding seven years later. 
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