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White House national climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm celebrated progress on President Biden's infrastructure package by taking a spin in a Kenworth fuel-cell, zero-emissions Class A truck.

What they're saying: "We have a deal, a Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework deal," Granholm said. McCarthy responded: "it's big and it's beautiful."

  • "[I]t's going to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure like charging stations. But also, hopefully we're going to see incentives for these big trucks which are emission free," Granholm added, referring to the truck she McCarthy were in.
  • "This is the future we're driving in right now," McCarthy said.

The big picture: Granholm noted that the transportation section is "a big contributor to carbon pollution." U.S. transportation emits approximately 1.9 billion tons of carbon annually, Yale University said in 2017.

  • The secretary also said that increasing production of zero-emission vehicles would increase jobs within the trucking industry.
  • Granholm and McCarthy then use the CB radio to chat about semiconductors with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo: "Gina 2 to Gina 1!"
  • Raimondo describes Biden's plan to create jobs by stimulating semiconductor production and increasing broadband coverage.

Go deeper: Bipartisan group reaches agreement on $1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill

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McCarthy asks Supreme Court to overturn House proxy voting rules

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) speaks during a news conference at the Capitol on Aug. 27, 2021. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is asking the Supreme Court to overturn the House proxy voting protocols that were implemented last year as a pandemic precaution.

Driving the news: McCarthy issued a statement Thursday blasting the proxy voting protocols, which allow lawmakers who are not present to choose other members as proxies to cast their votes.

Sep 10, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Axios Q & A: Rep. Josh Gottheimer

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J). Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) outlined his thinking on infrastructure strategy in a Thursday phone interview with Axios.

Why he matters: Gottheimer's role as a leader among centrists, with a razor-thin Democratic majority in the House, makes him crucial to the party's internal negotiations.

Democrats unveil voting rights compromise bill

A row of voting booths. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Democrats on Tuesday introduced a pared-down voting bill — with support from both progressive and centrist wings of the party — aimed at expanding voter access and countering nationwide Republican-led efforts to alter election laws.

Why it matters: The Freedom to Vote Act is the product of negotiations overseen by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and was built of a framework put forward by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), whose vote is crucial to Democratic efforts to advance legislation in the chamber.