The Morning Dispatch: Hope for Our Allies in Afghanistan
Happy Friday! Today’s TMD got put to bed a little later than usual because the Cubs were on the West Coast throwing a combined no-hitter and somebody didn’t want to multitask.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
After weeks of deliberations, President Joe Biden announced that he and a bipartisan group of senators came to terms on an infrastructure package that includes approximately $600 billion in new spending on roads, bridges, airports, railways, and broadband, among other provisions. Hours later, however, Biden said he wouldn’t sign the bill unless Congress also sends him a much bigger “human infrastructure” package, which would likely go through the reconciliation process and receive only Democratic support.
Nearly a month after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of a bipartisan, independent commission to study the events surrounding the attacks of January 6, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she was creating a select committee under which ongoing congressional investigations into that day will be consolidated. It’s unclear whom Pelosi will appoint to head the committee, and whether Republicans will choose to participate in it.
Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Thursday signed another extension of the nationwide eviction moratorium, pushing its expiration date back one “final” time from June 30 to July 31. The agency first implemented a freeze on evictions last September to “prevent the further spread of COVID-19.”