Sinema says she does not support price tag of Democrats’ $3.5tn ‘human infrastructure’ bill
All New York state employees must get vaccinated against the coronavirus by early September or undergo weekly tests for Covid-19, governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.
The move, which will come into force on Labor Day, would apply to around 250,000 employees and comes after California and New York City announced similar policies earlier this week.
As the blog said earlier, Joe Biden reportedly plans to announce tomorrow that coronavirus vaccines will be required for all federal employees and contractors, or they will have to undergo regular testing for Covid-19.
Like other states, New York has seen a rising number of coronavirus cases linked to the Delta variant, with new infections rising more than 400% since the end of June. While Cuomo’s announcement was largely met with support, there was also some opposition from Republican state officials.
Republican state senator George Borrello said state workers “don’t deserve to be bullied into being vaccinated,” the Associated Press reported.
The blog will return to infrastructure momentarily, but first here’s some news from outside the Beltway.
Jake Ellzey of Texas won a seat in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday night, beating a fellow Republican rival backed by Donald Trump in a race that was seen as test of the former president’s endorsement power since leaving office and ahead of the 2022 midterms.
Ellzey’s win over Susan Wright, the widow of the late congressman Ron Wright, in the special congressional election runoff near Dallas is likely to be celebrated by Trump critics who decry the former president’s hold over the Republican party. But Ellzey didn’t exactly distance himself from Trump during the campaign.
The seat opened up after the death of Ron Wright, who in February became the first member of Congress to die after being diagnosed with Covid-19.
The Associated Press has a full report here.