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The Iowa STEM Council has produced *Vaccine - by STEM!* podcasts which are now posted, featuring the techno-marvel "generation 2" vaccine developing at Iowa State University (Balaji Narasimhan); and the Herculean task of vaccine distribution across Iowa (Ken Sharp, IDPH). You can find them here--- https://www.iowastem.gov/podcast
Timeline/Process: Yesterday, the House Budget Committee approved the bill by a vote of 19-16 and will go through Rules Committee before going to the floor later this week. There is a possibility of votes bleeding into the weekend. The plan remains for the House to pass the package this week, it to move through the Senate next week, and then further House action the following week if there are changes in the Senate.
Politics: After some uncertainty about discretionary funding being passed through reconciliation process, the Senate Parliamentarian has tentatively indicated that discretionary funding should be able to be passed through reconciliation if converted into mandatory funding. However, where minimum wage stands remains unclear. In a call to governors last week, President Biden seemed to prepare for the reality that raising the minimum wage would not make it into the final bill.
Policy: The Budget Committee approved the bill yesterday. Text here. Press release here.
Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released scores for nine of the sections of the bill. CBO scores below:
Ways and Means Committee: $927.3 billion
Oversight and Reform Committee: $350.4 billion
Education and Labor Committee: $281.3 billion
Energy and Commerce Committee: $124.7 billion
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: $90.5 billion
Financial Services Committee: $72.9 billion
Small Business Committee: $49.8 billion
Veterans Affairs Committee: $16.6 billion
Agriculture Committee: $16.1 billion
Bill highlights, as prepared for markups last week below:
Ways and Means: press release here (with links to text and section by section summaries), Joint Committee on Taxation summary here
$1,400 stimulus checks, with same income phase out as the most recent package ($75 per year for single filers, $150,000 per year for married couples) (Subtitle G).
$400/week federal unemployment insurance through August 29, 2021 (Subtitle A);
Expands eligibility and increases credit for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC) to $3,000 per child, and allows families to claim up to half their child care expenses in the Child and Dependent Tax Credit (CDCTC) (Subtitle G).
Extension of the employee retention credit (Subtitle G).
Exempts EIDL grants and Restaurant Revitalization Grants from tax (Subtitle G).
Increases ACA subsidies and caps premiums at 8.5 percent of income, temporary subsidy of COBRA continuation coverage for those who have lost their job-based insurance (Subtitle F).
Energy and Commerce: more details specific to health response funding are here, section by section in the committee memo here, public health text here, Medicaid section text here, CHIP section text here, other provisions text here
$7.5 billion for vaccine distribution, and $5.2 billion for vaccine supply chain.
$50 billion for testing expansion, including tracing, mutation identifications, investments in data infrastructure, and global health.
$8 billion for investments in the public health workforce.
$9 billion for public health investments like CHCs, Nurse Corps Loan Repayment, and HHS to purchase testing and PPE.
$6 billion for the Indian Health Service and tribal health programs.
$4 billion for mental health and substance abuse, including $3.5 billion for SAMHSA, public awareness campaigns, block grant and community-based grants, youth mental health services, and behavioral health workforce training.
Requires Medicaid coverage and CHIP coverage of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, matched at 100 FMAP.
Provides incentive for states to expand Medicaid by increasing FMAP by 5 percent for two years.
Creates $7.6 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund focused on distance learning.
Oversight and Reform: one pager here, committee print here
$350 billion for state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, with nearly $200 billion dedicated for states and DC, $130 billion for local governments, $20 billion for tribes, and $4.5 billion for territories.
Money can be used to offset lost revenue.
Education and Labor: press release here, fact sheet here, section by section here, text here
$128.5 billion in grants for elementary and secondary school reopening and stabilization.
$39.6 billion for higher education emergency relief fund.
Increases the federal minimum wage to $15/hr by 2025, phases out the tipped minimum wage by 2027, phases out and eliminated sub-minimum wage.
$150 million for worker protection ($75 million for OSHA).
$14.9 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDGB) program.
Extends the 15 percent increase in monthly SNAP benefits.
Veterans Affairs: text here, section by section here
Members of Congress Affected by COVID-19
New additions in bold. As of January 15, the below list only includes members of the 117th Congress and thus is not cumulative across Congresses. Tested Positive Recently (0): Died from COVID-19 (1): Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX) Recovered from COVID-19 (68): Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL), Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA), Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-Puerto Rico at large), Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Rep. Brian Steil (R-WI), Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-TX), Rep. Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV), Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Rep. Ken Calvert R-CA), Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL), Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA), Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-KS), Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Rep. Lori Trahan (D-MA) Currently Self-Quarantined (0): Completed Quarantine (52): Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX), Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), Rep. David Price (D-NC), Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
Iowa The Governor announced changes to the statistics tracked, and yesterday we began reporting those changes here. The state is no longer tracking testing by individual and now reports total tests—including repeat testing. This shift will be notable in this report in the positive test number, and positivity rate stats. This update will no longer track individuals recovered, as the state no longer reports this individual-based information. Just before this change, nearly 400,000 individuals had tested positive since tracking began. The school statistics by county have also been removed from the state’s dashboard, since the state now requires an in-person learning option for all schools, and no longer links school guidance to the 15 percent county-level positivity statistic. Because hospital data will be an even more important indicator with these changes, this report will now include more information on hospitalizations.
The overall number of vaccines administered is 589,056 an increase of 3,095 since yesterday, with 295,850 receiving their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 146,603 receiving their second dose. To find vaccine providers in your county, click here or scroll to the bottom of the vaccine dashboard.
Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard 360,270 positive tests were reported, up 705 from our update Friday morning, with a total of 3,975,909 tests.
38 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 5,374 deaths.
The total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 4.3% the past 7-day average is 4.2%.
The latest on hospitalizations, can be found here. There are currently 227 hospitalized patients—up 3 since yesterday-- with 58 in the ICU, and 30 admitted in the last 24 hours.
Total Cases 27,938,085
Total Deaths 497,415
Total Vaccination Doses Administered 64,177,474
Total Cases 111,802,005
Total Deaths 2,476,726