Biden to visit Kentucky and tout bipartisan infrastructure bill with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Democrat governor to send more migrants to NYC, Hakeem Jeffries first Black lawmaker to lead a party in Congress, and more in Democrat politics.
President Joe Biden will head to Covington, Kentucky, on Wednesday. He will be joined by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a rare bipartisan stance to promote the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
The two will gather at the Brent Spence Bridge that connects Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky, and is known to be one of the busiest freight routes in the country, which officials say carries far more traffic than it is meant to support, CNN reported.
On Wednesday, the White House announced that more than $2 billion from the infrastructure bill will go towards upgrading the Brent Spence bridge and other ‘economically significant bridges’ around the country.
Denver, Colorado, city officials say dozens of migrants are arriving there each night, bringing the total to over 3600 migrants served by the city in less than a month, and saying the city’s resources are stressed to the max, Fox 31 Denver reported.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) plans to send migrants to major cities, including New York, Mayor of NYC Eric Adams said Tuesday, Politico reported.
“We were notified yesterday that the governor of Colorado is now stating that they are going to be sending migrants to places like New York and Chicago,” Adam said during an interview. “This is just unfair for local governments to have to take on this national obligation.”
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is expected to make history as the first Black lawmaker to lead a party in Congress, as he will almost certainly lead the minority party (Democrat), as the 118th Congress convenes in Washington, CNN reported.
Kevin McCarthy, the Republican nominee for speaker of the House, lost three consecutive voting sessions, unable to reach the necessary 218 votes, marking the first time the house has gone to multiple ballots to elect a speaker in 100 years, NBC reported.
During the initial vote, Democrat minority leader Hakeem Jeffries ended up with 212 votes – more votes than McCarthy and more than any Republican challengers, including Jim Jordan (R-OH).
With no election of a House Speaker, the first two spots in the presidential line of succession are held by two women: Vice President Harris and President Pro Tempore Patty Murray (D-WA), The Hill reported. As vice president, Harris will remain first in line, and once a House Speaker is elected, Murray will shift to the third in line.