President Biden said Monday that he is “prepared to compromise” on his $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure package at a White House meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, all of whom previously served as a mayor or governor.

Vice President Harris was in North Carolina to visit a community college and a manufacturer of electric school buses as part of the White House’s efforts to promote the ambitious plan.

Here’s what to know:
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin will participate in the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by Biden, the Kremlin announced.
  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the president “remains committed to the aspirational goal” he set of lifting the cap on refugees to 125,000 for the next fiscal year.
  • Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), who was elected in the tea party wave in 2010, said he will resign from Congress next month to become president and chief executive of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Biden administration has ordered U.S. immigration enforcement agencies to stop using terms such as “alien” and “illegal alien” when referring to immigrants in the United States.
  • Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) pushed back against Republicans who claimed her weekend comments about being “confrontational” could incite violence, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended the Democratic congresswoman.
12:28 a.m.
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Judge jails two Proud Boys leaders pending trial tied to Jan. 6 Capitol riot

A federal judge on Monday jailed two Proud Boys leaders pending trial in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, handing a victory to U.S. prosecutors in a closely watched conspiracy case accusing the pair of planning to disrupt Congress and leading as many as 60 others to impede police that day.

U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly of Washington acknowledged that online organizers Ethan Nordean, 30, of Seattle and Joseph Randall Biggs, 37, of Ormond Beach, Fla., “lacked most of the usual markers of dangerousness” relied on by judges to detain other Jan. 6 defendants, saying that neither was armed, assaulted police or had a criminal record.

However, Kelly ruled, “These defendants are alleged by their leadership and planning to have facilitated political violence on January 6th, even if they themselves did not carry a weapon or strike a blow.”

12:25 a.m.
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State Department to designate most countries with ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory

The State Department said Monday that it would start updating its travel advisories this week to drastically increase the number of countries that get the “Level 4: Do Not Travel” designation.

In a statement, the department said roughly 80 percent of countries worldwide would soon be marked at the highest warning level. As of Monday afternoon, about 16 percent of countries had that label.

“This alignment better reflects the current, unpredictable, and ever-evolving threat posed by covid-19,” the department wrote in an email. “We continue to strongly recommend U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad, and postpone their trips if possible.”

12:24 a.m.
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Biden asks Republicans to offer their proposal on infrastructure by next month

President Biden asked congressional Republicans during a private meeting on Monday to present a counterproposal to his $2 trillion infrastructure plan by the middle of next month, according to a Republican who participated in the bipartisan session.

“He’d like for the Republicans to, you know, for us to come back with some kind of proposal on infrastructure by about mid-May,” said Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.).

Gimenez added: “I think that that, for him, would be a starting point for some kind of negotiation.”

Biden met for over an hour with a group of Republican and Democratic senators and House members who previously served as mayors and governors. So far, no Republican member of Congress has endorsed Biden’s plan.

“The Members of Congress engaged in a productive exchange of ideas, including components of the plan and how to pay for them. President Biden asked for their feedback and follow-up on proposals discussed in the meeting, while underscoring that inaction is not an option,” the White House said in a statement after the meeting.

Gimenez said Biden referenced the recently passed $1.9 trillion covid-19 relief plan, which received no Republican votes. Biden, Gimenez recalled, said “there was no negotiation with that -- it was either this or that, and so I just went with my own.”

A group of 10 Republican senators, including Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah), who presented a counterproposal during the covid-19 relief talks recently rejected a similar comment Biden made publicly. “The Administration roundly dismissed our effort as wholly inadequate in order to justify its go-it-alone strategy," they said in a joint statement earlier this month.

One of the big sticking points on infrastructure is how to pay for the plan. Biden has proposed raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent, a move opposed by Republicans.

In the meeting, Biden presented arguments and data for why the corporate tax rate is too low, Gimenez said. Romney “had some good counterpoints” to that argument, Gimenez recalled. But Gimenez said Biden appeared open to negotiating on that point. “He may not have said it, but I certainly got that impression.”

Biden has said as much publicly. A group of moderate Senate Republicans signaled last week that they are preparing to offer their own plan. It is expected be less than half the size of the White House plan.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki recently said the administration would “like to see some progress and some forward movement by Memorial Day,” and the president would love to get the bill passed this summer. Gimenez called the meeting “cordial” and “professional.”

11:41 p.m.
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Senate advances nominations of Monaco, Gupta for deputy and associate attorneys general

The Senate on Monday advanced the nominations of Lisa Monaco for deputy attorney general and Vanita Gupta for associate attorney general, moving one step closer to filling key roles in President Biden’s Justice Department.

Monaco’s nomination advanced on a 94-to-3 vote. Gupta’s nomination advanced on a 50-to-49 vote along party lines.

Gupta, Biden’s nominee for the Justice Department’s No. 3 post, had faced criticism from Republicans for her positions on police reform and drug enforcement. As they had for some of Biden’s other nominees, Republicans sought to paint Gupta as a liberal partisan unfit for the job, citing some of her past personal criticisms of GOP leaders in editorials, testimony and tweets.

Gupta, 46, apologized for the “coarse language” and “harsh tone” she had aimed at some Republicans while advocating on behalf of a broad civil rights coalition during the Trump administration. But she implored her critics to judge her work over more than two decades — including a stint at the Justice Department in the Obama administration — and pointed to her efforts to forge consensus among liberal groups, conservative leaders and police organizations.

11:28 p.m.
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White House closes in on ‘families plan’ spending proposal, centered on child care, pre-K, paid leave

White House officials are closing in on a large spending plan centered on child care, paid family leave and other domestic priorities, according to two people aware of internal discussions. The package could amount to at least $1 trillion of new spending and tax credits, though details remain fluid.

The “American Families Plan,” the second part of the administration’s “Build Back Better” agenda, is expected to be unveiled ahead of President Biden’s joint address to Congress on April 28, the people said. It follows the approximately $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan the White House introduced earlier this month that is just beginning to be debated by Congress.

11:14 p.m.
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McCarthy to introduce resolution to censure Rep. Waters over Minnesota remarks

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he plans to censure Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for comments she made over the weekend in Minnesota urging protesters to “get more confrontational” if former police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of the killing of George Floyd.

“We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters said Saturday when asked what would happen if Chauvin was acquitted. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

Republicans, including McCarthy, are accusing Waters of inciting violence and have called for her to be reprimanded. McCarthy on Monday accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of ignoring Waters’s “violent rhetoric.”

“Increased unrest has already led to violence against law enforcement and her comments intentionally poured fuel on the fire,” McCarthy said in a statement.

Waters has defended her remarks as nonviolent, saying Republicans are deliberately distorting her words. Pelosi has said that Waters was speaking about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement and that she has nothing to apologize for.

McCarthy’s resolution to censure Waters is unlikely to pass in a Democratic-controlled House. McCarthy, who once suggested censuring former president Donald Trump after the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, has not yet moved to censure any GOP lawmakers for their rhetoric surrounding the violent siege. Democrats had called for the censure of Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who told the crowd at the rally before the insurrection: “Today is the day that American patriots start taking down names and kicking a--.”

McCarthy also voted against stripping freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments, despite Greene’s history of incendiary and false statements, including saying that Black people “are held slaves to the Democratic Party”; that Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, represented “an Islamic invasion into our government offices”; and that Jewish megadonor George Soros collaborated with Nazis.

9:11 p.m.
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Harris makes surprise visit to historic Woolworth’s lunch counter

Vice President Harris made a surprise visit Monday to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum during a trip to Greensboro, N.C. The museum houses the historic Woolworth’s lunch counter where four Black students sat on Feb. 1, 1960, in defiance of segregation rules.

The act launched similar peaceful “sit-ins” that eventually led Woolworth’s and other businesses to desegregate.

Harris could be heard greeting staff members as she entered the museum, according to a pool report. She asked where civil rights activist Rosa Parks used to sit, before taking a seat on a teal stool.

Images of Harris, the first female and first Black and Asian American vice president, seated at the historic counter quickly spread online.

The room with the lunch counter was full of memorabilia from the civil rights movement. Harris pointed out a picture of the late civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis, before going under a sign that read “Colored Entrance” that used to belong to an old train station.

She was accompanied by Guilford County Board of Commissioners Chair Melvin “Skip” Alston, the Rev. Anthony Spearman, museum tour guide LaTonya Wiley and museum director John Swaine, who helped explain some of the history behind the items.

8:12 p.m.
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Schumer says Senate on track to finish bill targeting hate crimes against Asian Americans

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Monday that the Senate was on track to finish a bill targeting hate crimes against Asian Americans later this week.

“And let me say: It’s needed,” Schumer said. He spoke of attending rallies with members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and hearing about an upsurge in hate crimes, large and small.

“We hear about the violent acts. We’ve heard about the deaths,” he added. “But every day, thousands of Asian Americans are subject to smaller but nonetheless stinking acts of hate crimes, by being called names, by being spat upon or being cursed at, and even just by being stared at in a nasty way, like, ‘Who the heck are you?’ So we must act.”

The bill, a rare bipartisan effort, seeks to strengthen the Justice Department’s ability to prosecute hate crimes and to detect and collect data on such incidents, in the hopes of preventing them.

Schumer said a primary message of the bill is to tell Asian Americans that “we are all Americans together and we welcome you being here.”

“But second, a message to those who perpetrate these awful acts: You are not American,” Schumer added. “We despise what you do. And we are going to remain vigilant until this kind of bigotry is diminished and maybe even snuffed out.”

7:51 p.m.
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Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died from strokes one day after Jan. 6 riot, D.C. chief medical examiner rules

Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District’s chief medical examiner has ruled.

The ruling, released Monday, likely will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer’s death. Two men are accused of assaulting Sicknick by spraying a powerful chemical irritant at him during the siege.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Francisco J. Diaz, the medical examiner, said the autopsy found no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick’s throat to quickly seize. Diaz also said there was no evidence of internal or external injuries.

The medical examiner noted Sicknick was among the officers who engaged the Capitol mob and said “all that transpired played a role in his condition.”

7:26 p.m.
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Harris promotes infrastructure package as ‘once in a generation’ investment

Vice President Harris on Monday seemed to reject calls by Republicans to reduce the size and scope of the Biden administration’s massive infrastructure package, calling the legislative proposal a “once in a lifetime, once in a generation” investment in the United States.

“We are not going to take it slow, and we are not going to take it one step at a time. Nope. We are going to take a giant leap into the future,” Harris said during remarks at Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina.

Harris focused her remarks on the bill’s creation of more “good jobs” and a promise to invest in people to ensure they are trained to get them.

“And we’re going to make sure that these opportunities are equally available to women as well as men,” she said. “Because there’s an interesting fact, in case you didn’t know: Hardhats are actually unisex.”

7:00 p.m.
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Pelosi says Maxine Waters does not need to apologize, did not incite violence with calls to ‘get more confrontational’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday defended Rep. Maxine Waters and said the Democratic congresswoman does not need to apologize for comments she made this weekend at a protest in Minnesota.

Republicans accused Waters (Calif.) of inciting violence after she told reporters that if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is found not guilty of murder in George Floyd’s death, then the protesters needed to “stay on the street. And we’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

Republicans seized on the word “confrontational” to accuse Waters of inciting violence.

“Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement,” Pelosi said. “I myself think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family. They’ve handled this with great dignity, and no ambiguity or lack of — misinterpretation by the other side. No, I don’t think she should apologize.”

Asked if she believed Waters’s comments could incite violence, Pelosi said, “No, absolutely not.”

Earlier, Pelosi released a statement marking the closing arguments in the trial.

“Today is a solemn day as the closing arguments are presented in the George Floyd murder trial. I commend the Floyd family for their dignified calls for justice, which were heard around the world,” she said. “As outraged as we are by his death, let us be prayerful that the truth will prevail and will honor George Floyd’s memory.”

6:02 p.m.
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Broken SBA portal derails pandemic-relief program for live music and theater venues

An online application portal meant to help the nation’s music and arts venues get federal pandemic relief after a year-plus of dark stages and a hard-fought lobbying campaign has yet to get off the ground nearly two weeks after technical problems scuttled its scheduled launch.

The delayed rollout of the $16 billion program, which the Small Business Administration says could be resolved later this week, is the latest stumble by a government agency tasked with delivering emergency aid in the covid-era. The problems — from meltdowns of states’ unemployment insurance systems to stimulus check delays to glitches in vaccine registration websites — highlight the limits of bureaucratic competency and underscore the massive and sometimes novel undertakings of running rescue programs during a public health crisis.

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, which would top out at $10 million, is designed to help arts and entertainment venues cover payroll, rent, utilities and other operating expenses. Analysts put the losses for live music venues alone at $33 billion in 2020.

5:59 p.m.
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Biden says he is ‘prepared to compromise’ at outset of bipartisan meeting on infrastructure

President Biden said Monday that he is “prepared to compromise” on his $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure package at the outset of a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, all of whom previously served as a mayor or governor.

“It’s a big package, but there are a lot of needs,” Biden said during a brief segment of the Oval Office meeting that the media was allowed to watch.

With Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg looking on, Biden relayed that the focus would be on what is included in the package and how to pay for it.

“That’s what we’re going to try to figure out today,” Biden said.

He noted that the attendees had all been mayors or governors, suggesting that gives them a better sense of infrastructure needs and how to get things done.

Attendees, according to the White House, were scheduled to include: Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Angus King (I-Maine), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Reps. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), Charlie Crist (R-Fla.), Carlos Giménez (R-Fla.), Kay Granger (R-Tex.) and Norma J. Torres (D-Calif.).

5:58 p.m.
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Fifteen Senate Republicans oppose ending the party’s ban on earmarks

A group of 15 Senate Republicans signed a letter Monday stating that they will not support a proposal reversing a ban on earmarks.

“We will not vote to repeal it. We will not participate in an inherently wasteful spending practice that is prone to serious abuse,” the letter read.

Senate Republicans plan to vote Wednesday on whether to lift their decade-long ban on earmarks, the practice of directing money to specific projects in lawmakers’ districts. Democrats plan to revive earmarks, which in the past had been a tool to get legislation passed by adding sweeteners for individual members.

The GOP senators who signed span the ideological spectrum and include members of leadership, staunch allies of former president Donald Trump and the most vocal critics of Trump.

They are Sens. Mike Braun of Indiana, John Cornyn of Texas, Ted Cruz of Texas, Steve Daines of Montana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Cynthia M. Lummis of Wyoming, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mitt Romney of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Rick Scott of Florida and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania.