US treasury issues Cuba-related sanctions
White House says we are not going to head towards lockdown in the fight against Covid
Average number of people getting Covid-19 vaccination shots is up 30%: White House
A national vaccine requirement is not under consideration at this time: White House
Former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm dies at 85
Pelosi says access to Trump’s tax returns is matter of national security: Statement
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi welcomed the Justice Department’s order that former President Donald Trump’s tax returns be released to lawmakers, saying access to the documents was “a matter of national security.””The American people deserve to know the facts of his troubling conflicts of interest and undermining of our security and democracy as president,” Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said in a statement.
US concerned by reports of attack on Israeli-managed tanker off Oman, monitoring situation closely: US state department
US Fed reverse repo volume hits record $1 trillion
Volume at the US Federal Reserve’s reverse repurchase facility soared to a record $1.039 trillion on Friday as investors and financial institutions continued to pour cash into the overnight window.The Fed said there were 86 bidders for the US central bank facility.Volume surged after the Fed last month raised the rate it pays on reverse repurchase agreements to 0.05% from 0% as part of technical adjustments to keep the effective federal funds rate from falling too low.
US Justice department says IRS must provide former president Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress
The US Justice department on Friday ordered the Internal Revenue Service to hand over former president Donald Trump’s tax returns to a US House of Representatives congressional committee, saying the panel has invoked “sufficient reasons” for requesting it.
Fauci hopes US regulators fully approve Covid-19 shots by mid-August
Top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Friday he hopes US regulators could as soon as the middle of next month start granting full approval for the use of Covid-19 vaccines, which already are authorized on an emergency basis.Formal approval by the US Food and Drug Administration would give physicians the ability to prescribe a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to people with weakened immune systems on an off-label basis, Fauci said during an interview with Reuters.
US Senate votes 66-28 to start debate on $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan
Bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure package garners enough votes for debate to open in US Senate; voting continues
US agency denies Blue Origin protest over NASA lunar lander contract
A US agency on Friday rejected a protest by Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics Inc over NASA’s decision to pick a single lunar lander provider.The companies challenged the $2.9 billion award to SpaceX for the lander arguing NASA was required to make multiple awards. The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said it “denied the protest arguments that NASA acted improperly in making a single award to SpaceX.”
US Senate resumes vote on bipartisan infrastructure measure
The US Senate resumed a key procedural vote on Friday to proceed to debate on a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, after a last minute delay over legislative language.
Donald Trump urged Justice officials to declare election ‘corrupt’
Democratic Senator Durbin says bipartisan infrastructure bill delayed by lack of finalised bill text
Democrats in disarray about what text to put forward: Thune
Republican Senator Thune says lawmakers may need to see final infrastructure bill to move forward with vote
US Senate suspends vote on $1 trillion infrastructure bill
The US Senate on Friday began voting on a $1 trillion infrastructure investment bill and unexpectedly suspended the roll-call vote.Senate Democratic leadership offices have not yet provided an explanation for the interruption. However, Republican Senator Rob Portman and Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema issued a statement saying that senators “are close to finalizing legislative text” and that they will make it public later today.It was unclear if there were disagreements that have arisen over the legislation.
Trump pressed justice department to declare presidential election results corrupt, the NYT reported