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Michael Sohn / AP

Ivanka Trump will meet with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday morning at the White House before a crucial meeting regarding President Trump's decision to stay or leave the Paris climate accord.

The president's daughter, who serves as a senior White House advisor, is passionate about combating global warming and turned heads when she brought climate activist Al Gore to Trump Tower during the presidential transition.

Sources inside the White House say the president's inclination has been to pull out, but Ivanka has set up a process to go through the decision and ensure he hears all the facts before making his decision.

White House sources say she wants the U.S. to remain in the Paris accord, but that her main objective is to ensure the president has all the information he needs to make his decision. Trump has previously promised to get the U.S. out of Obama's Paris deal, but he's more recently indicated that he's listening to all perspectives. No decisions have been made, and both Jared and Ivanka want the president to have full visibility of all the downsides of exiting this international agreement.

Alaska's Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski is expected to join the 9:30am meeting on Tuesday.

Pruitt thinks the Paris accord harms American competitiveness and he and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon are aggressively urging the president to withdraw from the climate deal.

A few hours after Pruitt's meeting with Ivanka on Tuesday, there'll be a larger meeting at the White House to discuss whether to stay or leave the deal. It's possible, however, that the decision will remain unresolved after Tuesday.

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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