Chaos on Capitol Hill
This week, the future of President Joe Biden's domestic agenda hung in the balance as lawmakers grappled with a bipartisan infrastructure bill, a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, the prospect of raising the debt ceiling, and avoiding a government shutdown. Late nights were the norm as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi aimed to find a compromise between moderate and progressive Democrats over the size and cost of reconciliation, with the White House rolling up their sleeves to try and strike a deal. Capitol Hill correspondent Abigail Robertson joins the podcast to talk about what happened this week and what still lies ahead.
Also, new data from the FBI shows a large jump in homicides last year as Americans were forced indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although some are also pointing the finger at efforts to defund police departments across the country. This as proposed legislation in Congress to tackle police reform has fallen by the wayside. Correspondent Brody Carter joins to break down the numbers and provide some context on the troubling data.