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Late Tuesday, the House gave final approval to a bill that temporarily raises the government’s borrowing limit. The move avoids the risk of a “catastrophic” debt default – at least until early December.
The administration also announced that it will lift travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers.
Today, Joe Biden will sign into law an act “to designate the September 11th National Memorial Trail Route” at 11.15am. The US president will then meet with senior officials and stakeholders to discuss collective efforts to address global transportation supply chain bottlenecks before delivering remarks on the subject.
The White House announced on Wednesday that three of the largest US goods carriers – Walmart, FedEx and UPS – will expand the hours of their operations during the holiday season to try to ease supply chain bottlenecks around the world, a senior administration official told reporters.
The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach will also move to 24/7 operations as a step toward helping ease the shipping backlog.
Here’s what else we’re watching today:
The White House Coronavirus task force will hold a public briefing at 11am and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will brief reporters at 1pm.
The first lady, Jill Biden, will visit Chicago and Allentown, Pennsylvania for conversations with Hispanic Americans.
Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, is casting an early ballot this morning in northern Virginia.
And, just days after runners from around the world competed in the Boston Marathon, the supreme court will hear oral argument in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the terrorist bombing of the race in 2013 that killed three people and injured hundreds more. The justices will consider whether to reimpose the death sentence for Tsarnaev after a federal appeals court voided it.
Congress is on recess this week, as Democrats scramble to reach an agreement on the president’s Build Back Better agenda. However, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee is holding a hearing on the recruitment of veterans to violent extremist groups at 10am.