January 6, 2023

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House Speaker debacle, COVID, upcoming asylum bill, and more!

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  • HOUSE SPEAKER DEBACLE:After three days and eleven rounds of voting for a new Speaker of the House, no one has yet garnered enough votes to win the spot.  The closest person at this point is House Minority Leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.  Despite his numerous attempts and questionable concessions to pro-Trump Republicans, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, former House Minority Leader, has not been able to secure the position.  Perhaps it is time for the Democrats to reach out to centrist Republican representatives who are interested in keeping the government working, to put Jeffries over the top.  He only needs six additional votes.  Let’s tell our reps that this bipartisan effort might be the ticket to getting back to the work of government. 

  • RISING SPREAD OF NEW COVID VARIANT:The COVID variant XBB.1.5 is spreading quickly in the United States and has become the dominant strain rapidly:  https://www.politico.com/news/2023/01/04/new-covid-strain-xbb-00076320   White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha: “advised people to get their bivalent booster, to test before attending large gatherings or before meeting with elderly or immunocompromised people and to wear a high-quality mask in crowded indoor spaces.” Let’s protect ourselves and those in our community with these common-sense measures.

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