Representative Pramila Jayapal, the leader of the Democrats' progressive caucus, voiced optimism about passing both pieces of President Biden's domestic agenda. Her group opposes passing an infrastructure bill until the social spending plan advances.
Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said that the state would phase-in the coronavirus vaccine mandate for in-person learning after receiving full approval by the Food and Drug Administration. The mandate could begin as early as next fall.
The blaze ripped through the hospital's intensive care unit where Covid patients were being treated, becoming Romania's third deadly hospital fire in less than a year. The incident raised questions about the country's health care infrastructure.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia announced that the country would reopen its borders next month for fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents to travel back and forth from overseas.
Senators from both sides of the aisle threw harsh questions at Antigone Davis, Facebook's global head of safety, admonishing her for withholding internal information about how its services hurt young people.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the bipartisan infrastructure bill would be voted on later in the day but stressed that her caucus would need assurances that a larger $3.5 trillion bill would be approved later.
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