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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) plans to formally trigger the budget reconciliation process on Wednesday, setting Democrats up to ram the White House's American Jobs and Family Plans through the Senate via a simple majority vote in July.

Why it matters: Announcing this strategy now could be dangerous to the group of 20 bipartisan lawmakers trying to hash out a deal on the "hard" infrastructure portion of President Biden's package.

  • Some of the Republicans in the group may be less keen on continuing negotiations knowing they plan to force the more progressive parts of Biden's plan through a partisan process regardless of a deal.
  • It will also be harder to convince GOP senators on the outside to get on board with a potential compromise.

Driving the news: Schumer will convene a meeting Wednesday with all 11 Democratic members of the Senate Budget Committee and will urge them to have the budget resolution — what he's labeling a “Unity Budget” — ready to be presented to the conference in early July.

  • He hopes to pass it by the end of the month.
  • Schumer said he also plans to bring a scaled-down infrastructure package to the Senate floor in July under regular order.

Details: The resolution is expected to include clean energy tax incentives, clean vehicle rebates and money for farmers and manufacturers to put toward energy-saving measures, among other provisions, a senior Democratic aide said.

  • Biden's Family Plan — which includes increased childcare, expanded health care, free community college, and universal Pre-K — will also be in it.
  • "Schumer will say that the Families plan proposal from the President is essential to the Resolution, will not be supported by Republicans, and must be robustly funded in Reconciliation,"

Our thought bubble: The aide's comments, which specifically mention the climate provisions, come after multiple Senate Democrats have recently insisted they will not support an infrastructure package that lacks aggressive measures to cut carbon emissions.

Go deeper: Biden's Plan B could be a bust

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Updated 36 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Bomb cyclone prompts blizzard warnings from Virginia to Maine

Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Swastikas found outside Union Station in D.C.

People walk through Union Station on Jan. 16 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Drawings of swastikas appeared etched around the entrance to Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning.

Driving the news: "An investigation is underway with Amtrak Police and the Metropolitan Police Department after swastikas were reported on the exterior of Washington Union Station on Friday," Amtrak spokesperson Kimberly Woods said in a statement to Axios.

In photos: Biden visits collapsed bridge in Pittsburgh

President Biden and the Mayor of Pittsburgh Ed Gainey visit the scene of the Forbes Avenue Bridge collapse over Fern Hollow Creek in Frick Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 28, 2022. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday visited the site of the collapsed bridge in Pittsburgh.

Driving the news: "I’ve been coming to Pittsburgh a long time,” Biden said, adding that there are more bridges than any other city in the world. "And we’re going to fix them all," he said, per a White House pool reporter.