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U.S. President Joe Biden, left, waves as he walks with First Lady Jill Biden after exiting Marine One on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Mike Theiler/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden will sign an executive order on Tuesday requiring federal contractors to pay workers a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

Why it matters: The order will make good on a promise Biden made his second day in office to raise the minimum wage for a range of federal workers.

  • A White House fact sheet describes the workforce, which includes cleaning, maintenance and cafeteria workers, as "critical to the functioning of the federal government."

The big picture: Biden will hold a number of events this week to claim progress on the 100 day promises he made at the beginning of his presidency.

  • He will mark his 100th day on Friday with a trip to Georgia, a red state that he flipped in 2020 that then delivered two Democratic senators — and the majority — in a special election on Jan. 5.

The big picture: Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer failed in their effort to include a $15 federal minimum wage in Biden’s signature $1.9 trillion stimulus package, after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that it couldn’t be included under budget reconciliation rules.

  • Biden said afterwards that he would push for Congress to pass a standalone bill to raise the minimum wage.
  • But eight Senate Democrats voted against a measure to attach the $15 minimum wage provision to the stimulus package, suggesting a standalone bill may not have enough votes to pass Congress even without Republicans.

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Aug 2, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Bipartisan Senate group releases $1 trillion infrastructure bill

Members of the bipartisan infrastructure group during a press conference. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A bipartisan group of senators released full legislative text for their roughly $1 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill late Sunday night, setting it up for debate on the floor this week.

Why it matters: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) kept senators in town for a rare legislative weekend in order to formally begin debate on the 2,702-page bill. Now the Senate can begin a potentially days-long amendment process before a final vote as early as this week.

Evictions lead to rare clash between the White House and Dems

Demonstrators listen as Rep. Cori Bush, a Democrat from Missouri, right, speaks at the U.S. Capitol during a protest against the expiration of the eviction moratorium. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The White House and Democratic leaders have been dueling — publicly and privately — over who should take responsibility for extending an eviction moratorium that could protect millions of people on the verge of homelessness.

Why it matters: It's a rare moment of dysfunction between the usually-in-lockstep Biden team and congressional leadership.

Updated 4 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm lashed much of the East Coast Sunday and Monday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: Authorities in North Carolina confirmed that two people died in a car crash and that they responded 600 vehicle accidents during the storm on Sunday, per the Washington Post.