Democrats will return to the negotiating table on Friday morning after reaching a deadlock over Joe Biden’s national agenda, with Nancy Pelosi delaying a planned vote, as legislative and fiscal deadlines loom.
At stake is a $ 3.5 billion plan to extend the social safety net, as well as a $ 1 billion public works measure. Party centrists have been pushing for the former to be cut, with West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema arguing that the cost of the agenda is too high.
Meanwhile, the party’s progressive wing has said it will sink the infrastructure vote if there is no deal on the broader package, with Progressive Congressional Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal , saying she wanted the Senate to approve the proposal first. before supporting the smaller bill.
What is in the social spending plan? The $ 3.5 billion proposal would extend the child tax credit, establish universal preschool education, and create a system of federally paid family and medical leave. It would also establish a number of programs to tackle the climate crisis and propel the country towards renewable energies.
Why are the moderates holding up? Manchin, who is one of the biggest recipients of donations from the fossil fuel industry, called the $ 3.5 billion package “fiscal madness” and said he would not support a package that costs more. of $ 1.5 billion. He said that a larger budget risked “changing our whole society towards a legal mentality”.
More than half of U.S. police murders mislabeled or unreported
More than half of all U.S. police murders go unreported, with black victims in the majority, according to a large new study.
Between 1980 and 2018, more than 55% of deaths from police violence were either misclassified or unreported, researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation found, with black Americans being 3.5 times more likely to be killed by police. than white Americans.
Are there racial disparities? Yes. Almost 60% of all fatal police encounters involving black Americans were misclassified, while the government database missed about half of Hispanic deaths involving police, 56% of deaths involving non-Hispanic whites and one-third of deaths involving non-Hispanic people across other races.
How did the researchers reach these numbers? They compared data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), a government database for tracking the U.S. population, with non-government and open source databases that monitor police violence.
Apple, Amazon and Disney support groups against US climate law
As Democrats fight for a landmark social spending proposal, analysis found that Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Disney are among the companies backing corporate groups fighting landmark climate legislation.
Supporting leading companies, which would see their taxes increased to fund the plan, goes against their promises to tackle the climate crisis. Amazon has pledged to reduce its emissions to net zero by 2040, while Microsoft has pledged to be “carbon negative” within a decade.
What would the climate plan do? It would establish a system to phase out emissions from the U.S. electricity system, provide payments to support carbon-free nuclear power, and support the adoption of electric vehicles.
How important is the proposed bill? This is the first significant attempt at climate legislation in over a decade; If this fails, efforts to push other countries to take meaningful action at the UN climate talks in November are likely to be stalled.
In other news …
Stat of the day: 80 women were killed between the deaths of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa
Eighty women were killed in the UK between the death of Sarah Everard, murdered by a police officer in March, and the murder of schoolteacher Sabina Nessa on September 17, according to the Counting Dead Women project. Meanwhile, feminicide census data shows that at least 15 serving or former police officers have killed women since 2009.
Don’t Miss This: Daniel Craig on Bond, Fried Eggs and Regrets
Five films later, Daniel Craig is on the verge of finally freeing himself from “Bond’s ties”. But not before answering a series of questions from friends, actors and Guardian readers, which range from the role he wishes he hadn’t played to if he ever allows himself a breakfast. fried. “I eat fatty fried eggs at least once a week,” says the 53-year-old.
Last thing: “I fell into a hidden well”
When Chris Town, 67, offered to help a friend move into her new home, he ended up getting more than he expected. While helping to erect a bed frame, Town accidentally stepped on a fragile floor plate, falling 15 feet into a well. Recalling his father’s advice to avoid panicking, he managed to hover until help arrived.
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