October 13, 2021
D.C. News
  • The House approved an extension of the nation’s debt limit through early December. The 219-206 vote That maneuver increases the Treasury Department’s borrowing authority by $480 billion to nearly $28.9 trillion. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill this week, which moved forward Thursday after narrowly clearing the 60-vote threshold and passing the Senate. (Articles here, here, here, and here)
  • The Biden administration moved forward with its plan to require roughly 80 million private-sector workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The Labor Department announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration submitted the initial text of the rule to the White House for approval. The announcement came shortly after Texas Governor Greg Abbott banned businesses and private groups from requiring that their employees get vaccinated. International Business Machines Corp., American Airlines Group Inc., and Southwest Airlines Co. – three of Texas’ largest employers – defied Abbott’s order and said they will follow Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. (Articles here, here, here, here, and here)