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The Notre Dame's spire collapsed as the fire spread from the roof to other parts of the building. Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images

More than €900 million ($1.1 billion) has been donated toward the fundraising effort to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire ravaged the building's roof and spire, Presidential cultural heritage envoy Stephane Bern told broadcaster BFM Paris Tuesday morning.

Why it matters: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he wants the cathedral rebuilt in five years. People from around the world expressed their solidarity within minutes of the tragic fire unfolding, and companies and foundations have stepped up to help stabilize and rebuild one of Paris' most iconic structures.

Significant donations so far:

  • Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of French oil giant Total: €100 million ($113 million)
  • LVMH Group and the family of CEO Bernard Arnault: €200 million ($226 million)
  • François-Henri Pinault, CEO of French luxury group Kering : €100 million ($113 million)
  • L’Oreal, the Bettencourt Meyers family and the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation: €200 million ($226 million)
  • Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo: Asked the city for €50 million for the cathedral
  • French bank Agricole: €5 million ($5.6 million)
  • Consulting group Capgemini SE: €1 million ($1.13 million)
  • Investor Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere: €10 million ($11 million)
  • Construction tycoons Martin and Olivier Bouygues: €10 million ($11 million)
  • French Heritage Foundation: €1.6 million ($1.8 million)
  • Notre Dame University: €88,615 ($100,000)
  • Disney: €4.4 million ($5 million)
  • IBM: €1 million ($1.13 million)

What they're saying: The French prime minister said Wednesday that France will have an international architects’ competition aimed at "giving Notre Dame a spire adapted to techniques and challenges of our times," the AP reports.

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House passes government funding, debt ceiling bill

Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The House passed a bill on Tuesday to fund the government through early December, along with a measure to raise the debt ceiling through December 2022.

Why it matters: The stopgap measure, which needs to be passed to avoid a government shutdown when funding expires on Sept. 30, faces a difficult journey in the Senate where at least ten Republicans would need to vote in favor.

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The Democrats' debt dilemma

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Democrats find themselves in a political and potentially catastrophic economic quagmire as Republicans stand firm on denying them any help in raising the federal debt ceiling.

Why it matters: The Democrats are technically right — the debt comes, in part, from past spending by President Trump and his predecessors, not only President Biden's new big-ticket programs. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is saddling them with the public relations challenge of making that distinction during next year's crucial midterms.

Pelosi's endgame

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears at a news conference on Tuesday. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) began her infrastructure endgame Tuesday, pressuring centrists to ultimately support as much social spending as possible while pleading with progressives to pass the roads-and-bridges package preceding it.

Why it matters: Neither group can achieve what it wants without the other, their ultimatums be damned. The leaders of both acknowledged the speaker's unique gift for pulling off a deal after separate conversations with Democratic leaders.