Feb 14, 2019

Hakeem Jeffries: Passing an infrastructure package is possible

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House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.). told Axios' Mike Allen at an Axios News Shapers event on Thursday that he thinks passing a roughly trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure package is possible for Congress.

Driving the news: His confidence on infrastructure stems from the fact that President Trump was able to get behind a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill last year. He added he thinks it's possible to accomplish something similar with "health care and pre-existing conditions."

Other highlights:

  • Green New Deal: Jeffries expects that the wording of the Green New Deal may be tightened up in the House.
  • Mueller investigation: "Increasingly there appears to be a triangular relationship between the Trump campaign, Wikileaks, and Russian spies. ... Bob Mueller is going to have to continue his investigation … but what is becoming clear is that we know that the top official of the Trump campaign — Paul Manafort — we know he's a crook, we know he's a liar, it appears he may have been a Russian asset — whether that was witting or unwitting. I think Bob Mueller is going to figure it out."

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Hospitals are starting to get their coronavirus cash infusion

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The federal government is sending $64 billion to hospitals, post-acute facilities and other medical providers to help cope with the coronavirus fallout.

Yes, but: Even though more funding is coming, safety net and rural hospitals fear they are getting a raw deal from the way some of the money is being distributed.

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Biden, Sanders work toward truce on big issues

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Joe Biden isn’t about to become Bernie Sanders, but he’s signaling that there’s potential for more common ground on issues such as health care, student debt, climate change and more in the weeks ahead.

What to watch: As Biden courts Sanders' endorsement, their teams will hold policy discussions in the next few weeks with the expectation that Biden will incorporate some elements of Sanders' agenda, a person familiar with those plans tells Axios.

Some Trump aides eye May 1 start to coronavirus reopening

President Trump was flanked at yesterday's briefing by HHS Secretary Alex Azar (far left), Vice President Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump's aides, encouraged by virus data showing fewer deaths than once projected, are working behind the scenes to deliver on his vow to reopen America "sooner rather than later."

What to watch for: A senior White House official said there’s a lot of internal energy pushing for May 1, because that's the end of the White House's "30 Days to Slow the Spread."