Infrastructure Pulls Ahead, COVID Prevention Falls Behind – From Washington
This Week: After many stalled efforts and months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of Senate lawmakers reached an agreement this week on advancing the $1.2-trillion infrastructure bill, which includes new funding for roads, bridges, rail, transit and water. While the legislation has cleared its first hurdle it still has a long way to go in the Senate and then the House. Jared speaks with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who was one of the Republican negotiators for the bill. Senator Cassidy tells us how they were able to come to an agreement and what we can expect next for the bill. President Biden announced this week that he will require all federal workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to frequent testing. The President also laid out a plan to incentivize Americans who haven't gotten vaccinated yet, including paid time off from work to get the vaccine and $100 payments paid by the government for those who receive it. This week, the CDC also revised its mask guidance recommending that people who are fully vaccinated should also where masks indoors in areas with high coronavirus transmission. Former U.S. Surgeon General under President Trump, Dr. Jerome Adams, returns to speak with Jared about the updated CDC mask guidance in response to the rise in Delta variant cases and the President's vaccine announcement for federal workers. The southern border is continuing to see a surge of illegal immigrants trying to come into the U.S and officials in the region are overwhelmed and concerned about rising coronavirus cases from migrant crossings. FOX News Washington Correspondent Rachel Sutherland speaks with FOX News Correspondent Rich Edson who was at the southern border in the city of La Joya, Texas about the border crisis, the health risk from migrant infections and if there are any COVID protocols. The House select committee formed to investigate the January 6 Capitol Hill attack held its first hearing this week. The Democrat-led committee heard from four law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol that day. In an emotional testimony accompanied with photos and video from that day, the officers described being overwhelmed, assaulted and verbally attacked by rioters. Jared and FOX News Congressional Correspondent Chad Pergram discuss.