What to know in Washington: Biden adopts Russia’s position towards his allies
Biden faces a crucial test of his ability to project power and reassurance amid the biggest European security crisis in decades as he seeks to rally US allies around tougher sanctions to punish Russia for invaded Ukraine.
Biden will join back-to-back summits with NATO, the Group of Seven and the European Union in Brussels on Thursday, where the overriding need to cover up cracks in international support for Ukraine will be met with disagreements over the measure in which energy to target, given Europe’s dependence on Russian gas.
The desire to show a common resolve against Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot hide the reality that despite all the strong words, there is no will to intervene militarily in a bloody conflict on NATO’s doorstep. The stakes have been raised by fears that Putin could resort to deploying weapons of mass destruction, as well as unease about China’s role and how Russia’s most powerful diplomatic ally might seek to exploit the crisis. Learn more about Jordan Fabian, Josh Wingrove and Alberto Nardelli.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will participate via video at Thursday’s NATO meeting, where he will deliver a speech and could “fully participate” in the talks, his spokesman Serhiy Nykyfotov told TV. Read the latest news in the Bloomberg News Ukraine update.
People living in NATO countries reported significantly higher trust in the United States global leadership in Biden’s first year in office than in the final year of Donald Trump’s presidency, according to newly released findings from Gallup, signaling the support Biden will rely on this week to push for renewed pressure on Russia. Polls from more than two dozen NATO countries showed nearly all saw an increase in approval ratings in 2021, compared to 2020, when asked about perceptions of U.S. leadership in the foreigner. Read more from Josh Wingrove.
It’s happening on the Hill
- The Senate returns at 10 a.m. to resume work on legislation passed by the House that focuses on competition with China.
- The House is not in session.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson stood up to a roadblock of Republican attacks focused on crime and race, coming close to becoming the first black woman on the Supreme Court in a marathon day of testimony before a Senate panel. Buoyed by broad support from Democrats, Jackson on Tuesday pushed back against GOP accusations that, as a federal trial judge, she was soft on those convicted of child pornography offenses. Republicans, who have all but admitted that Jackson will be confirmed, have seized on crime as an issue as they look ahead to November’s midterm elections and the 2024 presidential race. Read more from Greg Stohr and Laura Litvan.
Jackson’s hearing was adjourned on Tuesday so members can vote on two trial court nominees, each of which was confirmed with bipartisan support. Ruth Bermudez Montenegro was confirmed as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California, 55-41, and Victoria Marie Calvert was confirmed in the Northern District of Georgia, 50-46, Madison Alder reports.
House Republicans will spend the next three days trying to fill in some of the loopholes of a legislative bill to guide them through midterm elections and into next year if they take control of the chamber. Lawmakers will hear presentations from the heads of seven task forces on issues and legislation likely to be on their agenda at the annual issues conference at a Florida resort town outside of Jacksonville. Learn more about Emily Wilkins.
With a standoff on Capitol Hill over approving more funds to deal with the pandemic, health centers may have to reduce Covid testing and vaccination programs if the virus reappears in their communities. The federal program created to reimburse these health centers for serving the uninsured is expected to stop accepting claims on Wednesday. A Health Resources and Services Administration official said the $180 billion pool to help health care providers had all been allocated. But some of that money has yet to reach the hospitals or providers it was promised. Learn more about Alex Ruoff.
Drugmakers push back on childhood cancer legislation which patient advocates say is key to developing more targeted and effective treatment options for children. The bill (HR 6972), dubbed the Give Kids a Chance Act, would authorize the Food and Drug Administration to require companies studying a combination drug for adult cancer to also initiate a pediatric study plan. there are molecular similarities. Read more from Céline Castronuovo.
Senate Democratic leaders turn to bipartisan duo to rally Republicans support for legislation to cap what Americans pay for insulin. Senses. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeanne Shaheen (DN.H.) are working on drafting legislation in conjunction with the senator. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), who introduced a bill (S. 3700) that would cap what insured Americans pay for insulin at $35 a month, Senate Majority Leader chuck schumer (DN.Y.) told reporters Tuesday. Learn more about Alex Ruoff.
A senior US Treasury official said the Biden administration and its members of Congress are moving toward developing guardrails for fast-growing stablecoins, which U.S. officials say could pose systemic dangers. The Treasury is working with Congress on various proposals, according to Nellie Liang, undersecretary of the Department of Home Finance. Christopher Condon and Allyson Versprille have more.
Lawmakers are considering legislation to formally authorize The Biden Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) after receiving the first $1 billion under the fiscal year 2022 spending program. ARPA-H aims to increase funding for breakthrough drugs and treatments for diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. Modeled on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, ARPA-H would invest in research that is difficult to achieve through traditional funding methods. For more, see BGOV OnPoint: Congress Debates New Biomedical Research Agency by Christina Banoub.
About the Administration
- The president will travel to Brussels, Belgium, to prepare for a series of diplomatic events on Thursday, including an emergency NATO summit, a Group of 7 meeting and a session of the European Council.
Biden administration commits to series of actions aimed at ending the racial bias in home appraisals that has long prevented people of color from building multigenerational wealth. A report released Wednesday by an interagency task force — co-chaired by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge and Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice — details the widespread undervaluation of Black-owned homes and Latin Americans compared to those owned by whites. houses. It calls for new legislation, executive action and enforcement of fair housing laws to close the gap. Learn more about Jennifer Sondag and Brentin Mock.
The proposed Gateway rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey should compete for a portion of the $2.9 billion in grants the Biden administration is making available for infrastructure projects of regional or national significance, according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Two types of projects eligible under these programs are intercity passenger rail infrastructure and interstate bridges, and Gateway’s rail vision and need for investment that includes the gateway certainly touches on both categories,” Buttigieg said on a call with reporters. announce grant funding. Read more from Keith Laing.
People at high risk of severe Covid-19 should proceed with caution if a new wave of infections forces health authorities to reinstate masking recommendations, Anthony Fauci said. Biden’s chief medical adviser said he expects the BA.2 variant to lead to an increase in cases in the United States, but not hospitalizations or deaths. At the same time, Fauci said there would likely be reluctance to return to masking and other public health interventions, even if a rise in cases makes that recommendation necessary. Read more from Jeannie Baumann.
The US Department of Labor sends its specialized “Tiger Teams” unemployment experts in half a dozen additional states as it expands its most concrete efforts yet to help states strengthen their unemployment systems. The initiative is one of the DOL’s most direct efforts to uncover problems with the unemployment insurance system after an estimated $163 billion in benefits were defrauded from state programs and some groups have struggled to access aid at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more from Rebecca Rainey.
The United States National Transportation Safety Board has appointed Sathya Silva as a representative for the China Eastern crash investigation. In a statement, the NTSB said it was in contact with the Civil Aviation Administration of China and would support its investigation with technical advisers from the Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing and the CFM engine manufacturer “in any way necessary”, read Bloomberg’s latest China Update on the plane crash.
The United States and the Philippines will hold their largest military exercises in three decades as tensions grow with China, breathing new life into a defense alliance that languished in recent years. Some 5,100 U.S. troops and 3,800 Filipino military personnel will train in the Southeast Asian country from March 28 to April 8, the U.S. Embassy in Manila said in a statement. Read more from Andrea Calonzo.