BIPARTISAN SENATE GROUP AGREE ON TENTATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN: A bipartisan group of senators reached a tentative plan for a $953 billion infrastructure deal yesterday (June 23rd), ahead of a meeting with President Biden today. Top aides to Biden met with the senators and later with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. A sticking point has been finding money to pay for the plan. Republicans have been against Biden’s proposal to raise the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent, while Biden has rejected the GOP idea to raise the tax paid by consumers on gas at the pump. The Democrats are eyeing a two-track process ahead: the smaller bipartisan deal and a more sweeping infrastructure plan that would go through the budget reconciliation process.
BIDEN ANNOUNCES NEW MEASURES TO COMBAT RISING VIOLENT CRIME: President Biden announced new measures yesterday (June 23rd) to combat rising violent crime across the country. They include giving money to cities that need more police officers, establishing strike forces in several cities to help stop weapons trafficking, and cracking down on gun dealers who sell guns illegally. Biden said, “These merchants of death are breaking the law for profit. If you willfully sell a gun to someone who’s prohibited, my message to you is this: We’ll find you and we’ll seek your license to sell guns. We’ll make sure you can’t sell death and mayhem on our streets.”
FIRST PERSON SENTENCED IN U.S. CAPITOL ATTACK GETS NO JAIL TIME: A 49-year-old Indiana woman who became the first person sentenced in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol wasn’t given any jail time yesterday (June 23rd). Anna Morgan Lloyd was ordered by a federal judge to serve three years of probation, perform 120 hours of community service and pay $500 in restitution after admitting to unlawfully entering the Capitol. She pled guilty to a single misdemeanor charge in a plea deal. Meanwhile a member of the Oath Keepers extremist group, Graydon Young, pled guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. The 55-year-old was accused with 15 other members and associates of the Oath Keepers of conspiring to block the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Guidelines call for him to serve between 5 1/4 years and 6 1/2 years in prison, but prosecutors may seek less time in exchange for his cooperation against other defendants.
MICHIGAN SENATE REPUBLICAN PROBE OF 2020 ELECTION FINDS NO WIDESPREAD FRAUD: Michigan state Senate Republicans who carried out a months-long investigation of the state’s 2020 presidential election, found there was no widespread or systemic fraud. The Republican-led state Senate Oversight Committee in its report out yesterday (June 23rd) also urged the state attorney general to consider investigating people who have made baseless allegations about the results in Antrim County to raise money or for publicity. Biden defeated then-President Donald Trump in the state by 2.8 percentage points, however Trump and his allies have pushed unfounded conspiracy theories about voter fraud.