Joe Biden to address inflation as Congress mulls big aid bill for Ukraine – live

With the supreme court poised to end the constitutional right to an abortion, Democrats are under increasing pressure to fulfill their promises to protect reproductive choice.

On Wednesday, they will hold a vote in the Senate on legislation that would codify the landmark supreme court decision Roe v Wade into federal law. But the bill is doomed to fail amid Republican opposition.

And when it does, Democrats are not planning to hold a vote to modify or end the Senate filibuster, according to the Washington Post.

That is not particularly surprising or new.

For months, activists have been demanding Democrats amend or eliminate the filibuster, the parliamentary procedure requiring 60 votes to move forward with most legislation, to pass measures they believe are critical on voting rights, immigration and, now, abortion rights. But Democrats lack the votes to do so in the evenly divided Senate and the revelation that the supreme court intends to strike down Roe hasn’t changed the calculus.

But that hasn’t stopped some progressive Democrats from trying. According to the Post, a group of 114 House Democrats, led by Illinois congressman Sean Casten, California congresswomen Judy Chu and Barbara Lee, Missouri congresswoman Cori Bush and Colorado congresswoman Diana DeGette, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer demanding he hold a vote to scrap the filibuster.

“When voters gave Democrats control of the House, Senate, and the White House, they did so with the expectation that we would legislate boldly and do what is necessary to advance our fight for justice and economic prosperity. Now more than ever it is the time to deliver on our promises,” the letter states. “The Senate must meet the moment, end the filibuster, and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) immediately.”

Schumer almost certainly won’t hold such a vote. Two Democratic senators – Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia – publicly oppose such a move, leaving the party at least two votes shy of enacting the change.

Good morning. It’s another busy day in Washington DC, as the president and lawmakers on Capitol Hill scramble to respond to some of the most urgent issues of the day – rising inflation, the anticipated demise of Roe v Wade, the war in Ukraine and the pandemic.

From the White House, Joe Biden will deliver remarks on the administration’s efforts to combat inflation at 11.30am. He will attempt to draw a sharp contrast with what the White House is calling “Congressional Republicans’ ultra-Maga plan to raise taxes on 75 million American families and threaten to sunset programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid”.

Later in the day, the US president will hold a bilateral meeting with the Italian prime minister, Mario Draghi.

Jen Psaki, in her last week as press secretary, will brief reporters at 2.30pm ET.

Expect lots of wheeling and dealing on Capitol Hill, where Democrats and Republicans in both chambers are hoping to push through a massive aid bill for Ukraine. The swift action comes after Biden gave his blessing for decoupling the Ukraine aid from a Covid preparedness funding bill that Republicans oppose. This makes the road to passing any sort of Covid funding much more precarious.

At the same time, Democrats are preparing to hold a doomed vote on legislation that would codify the constitutional right to abortion into federal law. A vote is expected tomorrow.

And it’s another primary day. This Tuesday, it’s West Virginia and Nebraska holding elections that offer another test of former president Donald Trump’s influence within the Republican party.

Thanks for following along.

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