Good Morning DC. Prospects for the voting rights bill do not look good at the moment.

Good Morning DC!

The White House Offical confirmed that on Monday afternoon Biden had a meeting with Senator Manchin at the White House about the voting rights bill.

“The President conveyed that he sees voting rights as one of the most urgent issues facing our nation during his administration, and made it clear how important he thinks it is that the Senate find a path forward on this issue. They also discussed bipartisan negotiations on infrastructure,” said the White House Offical.  

Prospects for the voting rights bill do not look good at the moment as Senate Democrats do not have 60 votes to begin debate despite Barack Obama’s backing. 

“I have tried to make it a policy not to weigh in on the day-to-day scrum in Washington, but what is happening this week is more than just a particular bill coming up or not coming up to a vote,” Obama said in an interview with Yahoo News.

Biden hosted Arizona’s Senator Kyrsten Sinema as well for a discussion about the bipartisan infrastructure negotiations. Given that the President is at the same time focusing on budget resolution discussions in the Senate, they agreed to stay in touch over the coming days.

The Biden administration announced the distribution list for the remaining 55 million of the 80 million doses of the nation’s own supply.

At 1:45 p.m. today, President Biden will meet with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy National Security Advisor Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.

The First Lady is traveling to Jackson, Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee where she will visit COVID-19 vaccine sites to encourage vaccinations. 

Today, the Senate will convene at 10:00 am. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Christopher Charles Fonzone to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

At approximately 11:45 am, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes relative to the following:

·         Confirmation of the nomination of Christopher Charles Fonzone to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

·         Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Kiran Arjandas Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Following the Ahuja vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 pm to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.

At approximately 2:30 pm, if cloture is invoked on the Ahuja nomination, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Ahuja nomination.

The Senate will then proceed to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2093. This bill wants to expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying American democracy, and for other purposes (For the People Act).

The debate time until 5:30 pm will be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. 

At approximately 5:30 pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2093, For the People Act.

Today, New Yorkers are voting in the Democratic primary to pick the New York Mayor.

And that’s a wrap for this Tuesday morning, June 22, 2021. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...

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