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Five Senate Republicans have introduced an amendment that would push back the Obamacare repeal legislation deadline — in the budget resolution being considered on the Senate floor — by more than a month.

Here's the thing: the current deadline included in the budget resolution, January 27, isn't binding. So while committees are expected to report out a repeal bill by then, they don't have to. The amendment pushing the deadline back to March 3 isn't necessary.

Why it matters: This is another signal that Sens. Bob Corker, Rob Portman, Susan Collins, Bill Cassidy and Lisa Murkowski — the authors of the amendment — have serious concerns about repealing Obamacare before a replacement is crafted. Most of these members have declined to say they'll vote to do so, and if they don't, that sinks the repeal effort.

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Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan

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President-elect Joe Biden has picked former FDA chief David Kessler to lead Operation Warp Speed, a day after unveiling a nearly $2 trillion pandemic relief plan that includes $400 billion for directly combatting the virus.

Why it matters: Biden's transition team said Kessler has been advising the president-elect since the beginning of the pandemic, and hopes his involvement will help accelerate vaccination, the New York Times reports. Operation Warp Speed's current director, Moncef Slaoui, will stay on as a consultant.

The case of the missing relief money

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A chunk of stimulus payments is missing in action, thanks to a mix up that put as many as 13 million checks into invalid bank accounts.

Why it matters: The IRS (by law) was supposed to get all payments out by Friday. Now the onus could shift to Americans to claim the money on their tax refund — further delaying relief to struggling, lower-income Americans.

The post-Trump GOP, gutted

McConnell (L), McCarthy (R) and Trump. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Republicans will emerge from the Trump era gutted financially, institutionally and structurally.

The big picture: The losses are stark and substantial.