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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on the right and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on the left. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Rep. Bob Goodlatte's conservative immigration bill, which is aligned with President Trump's 4-pillar immigration priorities, will get a vote next month ahead of a revote on the farm bill on June 22, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise announced Monday night, per Roll Call.

Why it matters: The House Freedom Caucus sunk the $867 billion agriculture bill last Friday, demanding a vote on the immigration bill first. And now, Scalise's announcement could help get that bill passed.

Yes, but: The move could also squash efforts from Republican House members who need 17 more signatures on their petition to force a vote on a group of DACA bills — including Goodlatte's — as early as June 25th.

  • Meanwhile, Rep. Jeff Denham, one of the members behind the petition, told Roll Call he expects to get the needed 218 signatures this week.

The big picture: The immigration bill — which would extend work authorizations for DACA recipients, fund a border wall and more border security, and cut legal immigration — does not have enough votes to pass as it is.

  • Despite that, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows hopes the Goodlatte bill can be used as a vehicle for negotiation with moderates to find a DACA solution, his spokesperson told Axios.

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USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

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COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

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Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

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Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

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Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.