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The House of Representatives followed the Senate on Tuesday, voting 219-206 along party lines to raise the federal debt ceiling and officially avert a potential default.

Why it matters: While Congress has pushed off the debt limit issue for now, the fight over a final resolution will be even uglier come December — when lawmakers need to address the problem once again.

  • The $480 billion increase will allow the government to avoid a default at least until Dec. 3.
  • By then, the two parties will likely be in the same spot they were just a week ago: Republicans obstructing Democrats' efforts to lift the ceiling, and Democrats insisting they won't extend it unilaterally via the budget reconciliation process.
  • Meanwhile, Congress will also face a series of other deadlines in December — including funding the government, annual defense spending, President Biden's infrastructure package and Democrats' roughly $2 trillion social spending package, among other legislative priorities.

Details: The House flew back for a day from recess to deal with the debt limit issue. More than 150 members voted by proxy to avoid the trip.

  • Some Republicans, who have consistently stated their opposition to helping Democrats deal with the debt ceiling, were frustrated by Tuesday's legislative business, given the House didn't even vote directly on the Senate-passed debt limit extension.
  • Instead, the bill was "deemed" passed after lawmakers voted on a rule governing debate for three other bills that incorporated the debt ceiling increase.

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Biden meeting with key House Democrats

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President Biden is hosting two separate in-person meetings with moderate and progressive House members at the White House on Tuesday as infrastructure negotiations continue, White House officials told Axios.

Why it matters: This is the latest in the president’s efforts to appease the more volatile parts of his party’s coalition as Democrats wrangle over how to cut his social spending proposal down from $3.5 trillion to closer to $2 trillion.

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Democrats brace for staredown over paid family medical leave

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senior House Democrats are braced for battle with the Senate over whether paid family medical leave — a key priority for progressives — will be included in President Biden’s final budget reconciliation bill, lawmakers and aides tell Axios.

Why it matters: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has indicated he wants to cut the program to reduce the bill's price tag. “Paid family and medical leave must be in the final package,” Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Axios on Monday.

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White House unveils plan to "quickly" vaccinate kids ages 5-11

Charles Muro, 13, is inoculated at Hartford Healthcare's mass vaccination center at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Wednesday released its plan to vaccinate children between the ages of five and 11, pending authorization from the Food and Drug Administration of the first COVID-19 shot for that age group.

The big picture: The White House said it has secured enough vaccine supply to equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of school and community health clinics, as well as tens of thousands of pharmacies, to administer the shots.