Senate to vote on Inflation Reduction Act
Senate Democrats look to pass the Inflation Reduction Act this weekend before they break for recess. The sweeping package of initiatives aims to combat climate change, lower drug prices and pare back the deficit. The package received crucial support needed from Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. on Thursday. With that support, Democrats hope to pass the bill on a party-line vote through a process known as budget reconciliation that would allow approval with a simple majority and avoid the 60-vote threshold to overcome a Republican filibuster.
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Five players to be inducted to Pro Football Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio will induct five new members on Aug. 6: offensive lineman Tony Boselli, linebacker Sam Mills, defensive back LeRoy Butler, and defensive linemen Bryant Young and Richard Seymour. All five inductees, announced in February, had previously been finalists that weren’t chosen in previous years for the honor. The ceremony begins at noon ET on Saturday, and you can watch on ESPN or the NFL Network.
Flooding continues to hit Kentucky
Friday thunderstorms brought heavy rains to eastern Kentucky, the region already ravaged by high water last week. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch through Saturday morning for nearly the entire state. Last week’s devastating floods in the area sent floodwaters as high as rooftops. More than 1,300 people were rescued as teams searched in boats and combed debris-clogged creekbanks.
Flight delays and cancellations could carry over to weekend
More than 1,500 flights had been canceled in the US, with over 7,200 more delayed, by 8:30 pm ET Friday, with some of the delays and cancellations carrying over from Thursday night, according to FlightAware. The Federal Aviation Administration implemented delay programs at airports from Boston to Atlanta by Friday evening and warned that delays were likely to build into the night and could extend into Florida as well. It was the second straight day of major disruptions and the worst day for cancellations since mid-June. The delays and cancellations could spill over into the weekend and impact Saturday travel.
Biden still in isolation after another positive COVID-19 test
President Joe Biden will continue to isolate in the White House this weekend after testing positive again for COVID-19 on Friday. That was the day he could have ended isolation from a rebound infection, according to guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Biden, 79, tested positive for the first time July 21 and received a five-day treatment of Paxlovid, given to those at higher risk for severe illness. He tested negative on July 26 and 27, prompting him to end isolation. But three days later, on July 30, the president again tested positive and returned to isolation. Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said his symptoms di lui hadn’t reappeared.
Contributing: Associated Press
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