May 2, 2021

Axios Sneak Peek

Welcome back to Sneak. The next 100 days begin in earnest.

Situational awareness: President Biden noted today's 10th anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden, saying in a statement, "We followed bin Laden to the gates of hell — and we got him."

Today's newsletter — edited by Glen Johnson — is 429 words, a 1.5-minute read.

1 big thing: A $2B Capitol security mystery

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

More than 100 days after the Capitol insurrection, members of Congress don't have or won't provide details about what's going into a promised $2 billion emergency supplemental appropriation meant to protect their workplace, Axios' Kadia Goba reports.

Why it matters: Members of Congress have a history of proposing measures to safeguard the Capitol and themselves that result in member perks and restrict public access to the People's House.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told reporters he'd prefer to assess the current needs before appropriating money.

  • "I told everybody, 'Step back and let's see exactly what we need,'" he said. "But let's not just spend the money and then ask what we do with it."

Keep reading.

2. Exclusive: The DNC's 100-day cash haul

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Democratic National Committee raised $15.4 million online during President Biden's first 100 days, beating its fundraising during either President Obama or President Trump's first 100 days, Axios' Alayna Treene has learned.

Why it matters: The haul suggests the Democrats' stellar small-dollar numbers last year weren't solely dependent on opposition to Trump, as many in the party feared. The average donation was $23.

  • During the start of Barack Obama's first term, the party raised $427,000; when Donald Trump kicked off his lone term, the DNC raised $4.7 million.

The other side: The Republican National Committee also posted huge grassroots fundraising numbers during the first quarter of this year.

Keep reading.

3. Twenty-somethings turned out in 2020
Adapted from U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by William Frey/Brookings Institution; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Americans from ages 18 to 24 voted in last year's general election at the highest rate since at least 2000, Axios' Stef Kight reports, based on an analysis of new census data by the Brookings Institution’s William Frey.

Between the lines: For the first time in at least two decades, more than half of 18- to 24-year-olds voted overall, rising from 43% in 2016.

  • Black youths were the only group who did not post record voting levels — they had their highest turnout during the elections in which President Obama won.
  • Asian American and white young people saw the greatest increase compared to 2016. Just 38% of young Asian Americans voted in 2016, compared to half in 2020.
4. Administration hits road to sell infrastructure plan

President Biden speaks in Philadelphia on Friday. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and members of their administration are fanning out across the country to sell their nearly $4 trillion infrastructure proposal as they move beyond their first 100 days in office, Axios' Sarah Mucha reports.

Why it matters: The all-hands-on-deck, "Getting America Back on Track" tour comes as key administration officials also are trying to court a bipartisan group in Congress to back the legislation.

  • Some of the tour's destinations — Georgia, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina among them — coincide with key 2022 and 2024 battlegrounds.
  • “The Jobs Plan and Families Plan already have wide bipartisan support, and the president and his team are going to build on that by carrying the message to red states and blue states alike in the coming weeks," a White House spokesperson said today.

Keep reading.

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