Information from Tuesday morning – August 10, 2021

I’m Kent Covington for WORLD Radio.

Senate Dems reveals a budget of 3.5 tons » Senate Democrats unveiled a budget resolution on Monday that sets their spending package at $ 3.5 trillion. That’s how Majority Leader Chuck Schumer described it.

SCHUMER: The most significant piece of legislation for American families since the New Deal and Great Society era. It’s a big, bold change.

While the Senators will be just hours from passing about $ 1 trillion in infrastructure bill with bipartisan support for the $ 3.5 trillion package, all will be Democrats. They plan to run the Senate through a budget adjustment that Republicans cannot thwart.

The move lays the groundwork for legislation that would put mountains of money among Democrats’ top priorities. These include social programs, health care, education, family services, and environmental actions.

Republicans, like Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, call it trillions of reckless spending on a Liberal wish list.

MCCONNELL: If inflation is already holding American families down at a higher cost; new permanent social assistance with no job requirements when small businesses are already struggling to find work.

The Democrats plan to pay for this, at least in part, by raising taxes on wealthy Americans and businesses.

US employers posted record jobs in June » U.S. employers had a record 10.1 million vacancies in June.

That comes from a report by the Ministry of Labor on Monday. The number of job openings rose from 9.5 million in May as employers continue to say they cannot find enough workers to fill vacancies.

Analysts say persistent health fears and childcare challenges are part of the problem amid the pandemic. But many believe that so-called extended unemployment benefits – additional controls by the federal government – also play a major role.

These benefits will end nationwide in the next month. Some states are ending them prematurely.

The US economy rebounded with unexpected strength as businesses reopened. Nevertheless, the rapidly expanding delta variant has cast a shadow over the prospects.

COVID-19 delta surge weighs on hospitals » And this delta variant is wreaking havoc in some areas in hospital systems. Anna Johansen Brown reports from WORLD.

ANNA JOHANSEN BROWN, REPORTER: At the LBJ Hospital in Houston, more than 50 percent of intensive care patients tested positive for COVID-19.

The hospital has set up tents in the parking lot for COVID-19 overflow patients. But there is another problem: the hospital does not have enough medical staff to fill these tents.

In Florida, almost half of all ICU beds are occupied by coronavirus patients. The state is still struggling with a record number of hospital admissions – about 14,000 on Sunday.

Nationwide, more than 8,000 coronavirus patients check into hospitals every day. That is a fourfold increase since the end of June.

But the delta surge has led to an increase in vaccinations. Half of the US population is now fully vaccinated.

And nationwide, new cases, hospital admissions and deaths have declined slightly in the past few days for the first time in more than a month.

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Anna Johansen Brown.

UN scientists warn of increasing global warming » United Nations scientists published a climate report on Monday in which they declared a “code of red for humanity”.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued the report. He warns that recent climate changes are rapid, intensified, and unprecedented for thousands of years.

Kim Cobb of Georgia Tech’s Global Change Program co-authored the report.

COBB: Here in North America, the report makes it clear that we are facing a combination of deteriorating effects on land, at sea and on our coast, including a significant increase in the frequency and intensity of climate extremes.

More than 200 scientists contributed to the 3,000-page report. They said warming is already accelerating sea level rise and worsening extremes such as heat waves, droughts, floods and storms. And they said all of these trends were going to get worse.

However, environmentalist and Hoover Institution Fellow Bjorn Lomborg notes that the UN routinely warns of an impending environmental disaster, citing reports from 2019 going back to 1972. Lomborg says man-made climate change is a real but manageable problem.

Top Cuomo adviser resigns when prosecutors speak up » A senior advisor to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has resigned as pressure builds on the governor himself to resign.

Melissa DeRosa was a fixture alongside Governor Cuomo for months during his coronavirus press conferences. She resigned days after a state investigation found Cuomo sexually molested 11 women.

At least one of his accusers said his alleged violations went beyond harassment. Brittany Commisso, former assistant to the governor, told CBS News that Cuomo inadvertently hugged her, which seemed beyond friendly.

COMMISSO: Then they started hugging each other with kisses on the cheek. And then at some point there was a hug, and when he was about to kiss my cheek, he quickly turned his head and kissed me on the lips.

A majority of New York lawmakers, including Democrats, are now in favor of ousting the governor if he does not step down.

For his part, Cuomo denies the allegations against him and has given no indication that he plans to resign.

I am Kent Covington. Further news, functions and analyzes can be found at wng.org.

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