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Biden marks anniversary of Affordable Care Act with extension of enrollment period to August

President Biden boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on March 19. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

President Biden marked the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday with the announcement that he is extending to Aug. 15 the deadline for Americans to sign up for coverage. Speaking at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio, he said the law not only must be protected but improved, and “our government can fulfill its most essential purpose to care for and protect the American people.”

Before he left the White House, Biden lamented the mass shooting at a Boulder, Colo., grocery store that left 10 people dead, saying that “another American city has been scarred by gun violence and the resulting trauma.” He called on the Senate to pass two gun sale background-check bills already approved by the House and for Congress to reenact an assault-weapons ban.

Here’s what to know:

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on reducing gun violence that was scheduled before the latest deadly attack. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats will meet this week on next steps in gun-control legislation.
  • The Senate confirmed Shalanda Young to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and Vivek H. Murthy as United States surgeon general, ensuring that a top ally of Biden will play a visible role in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Biden administration is searching for new ways to stem the surge of migrants at the southern border, dispatching officials to Mexico and Guatemala, sending sterner warnings not to come, and devising alternative pathways to apply for legal entry.
  • White House officials are exploring tax increases on businesses, investors and rich Americans to fund the president’s multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and jobs package.
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Here's what to know:

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on reducing gun violence that was scheduled before the latest deadly attack. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats will meet this week on next steps in gun-control legislation.
The Senate confirmed Shalanda Young to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and Vivek H. Murthy as United States surgeon general, ensuring that a top ally of Biden will play a visible role in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Biden administration is searching for new ways to stem the surge of migrants at the southern border, dispatching officials to Mexico and Guatemala, sending sterner warnings not to come, and devising alternative pathways to apply for legal entry.
White House officials are exploring tax increases on businesses, investors and rich Americans to fund the president’s multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and jobs package.

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