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Post Politics Now Partisan recriminations continue despite Jackson’s clear path to confirmation

While giving animated remarks to the North America's Building Trades Unions, President Biden included jabs at former president Donald Trump and Amazon, among others. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
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Today, recriminations between Democrats and Republicans continue unabated despite what appears to be a clear path to confirmation by the end of the week for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee. Democratic National Committee chairman Jaime Harrison called Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) a “little maggot-infested man” in response to Cotton’s suggestion Tuesday that Jackson might have defended Nazis accused of war crimes. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) later dubbed Jackson a “liberal activist” during a floor speech, and Cotton told reporters he stands by his comments.

Meanwhile, the Democratic-led House voted to cite two more former Trump officials with contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with the probe of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

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  • 10:30 a.m. Eastern: The House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing titled “Gouged at the Gas Station: Big Oil and America’s Pain at the Pump.” Watch here.
  • 12:45 p.m. Eastern: Biden delivered an animated address to a conference of the North America’s Building Trades Unions in Washington. Watch here.
  • 3:30 p.m. Eastern: White House press secretary Jen Psaki held a news briefing. Watch a replay here.
  • 4:15 p.m. Eastern: Biden signed into law the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022. Watch here.

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4:06 p.m.
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Mike DeBonis: Whither the GOP class of 2010 — The retirement announcement of Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) Wednesday after six terms marks a milestone of sorts for House Republicans: Fewer than 20 of the 85-member GOP Class of 2010 will be returning to the House for the 118th Congress next year. Gibbs joins fellow 2010′er Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) in opting for retirement, while three others — Reps. Mo Brooks (Ala.), Vicky Hartzler (Mo.) and Billy Long (Mo.) — are seeking Senate seats. Two others, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.) and David B. McKinley (W.Va.), are facing fierce challenges and may not return, either. The statistics show not only that political life can be fleeting, but also underscore the whirlwind of GOP politics over the past decade.
Mike DeBonis, Congressional reporter covering the House of Representatives
11:35 a.m.
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Jacob Bogage: Bipartisanship on display — The financial overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service that Biden will sign this afternoon is a rare occasion of true — and overwhelming — cooperation among some of Washington’s fiercest partisans.In the House, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) led negotiations with Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the Postal Service’s major labor unions and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. They agreed to a narrow framework to reconfigure the mail agency’s balance sheet. Any proposal all sides could not agree to — such as new authorities for postal banking or mail-voting protections — did not make it into the bill.In the Senate, Republican Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), Thom Tillis (N.C.) and Richard Burr (N.C.) courted GOP votes when Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) refused to back the bipartisan compromise. DeJoy, a major conservative donor, was heavily involved in whipping Republican support. “Louis is an operations guy,” Tillis told me shortly after the bill passed. “So if [fellow Republicans] want to get down to any level of detail, I think a 30-minute conversation with him fairly quickly demonstrates that the guy knows what he’s doing. He’s not a suit that just happens to be postmaster general.”
Jacob Bogage, Business reporter
9:23 a.m.
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Annie Linskey: Biden’s outreach to unions continues — In January, when President Biden gave a nearly two-hour news conference, he acknowledged that the country’s labor unions have been grumbling about his presidency.“I’m a big labor guy,” Biden said of the core Democratic constituency. “I’m sure there’s people in labor saying, ‘Why haven’t they been able to do A, B, C or D?’ ” The comments came shortly after Biden’s Build Back Better agenda irrevocably stalled, and with that many union priorities.Since then, the president has been making a little extra effort to carve out some time for labor unions — a trend that will continue Wednesday afternoon when he speaks at the North America’s Building Trades Unions Legislative Conference at the Washington Hilton. The NABTU will undoubtedly hear Biden talk about legislation that has passed — namely the infrastructure bill that will pump hundreds of billions into new projects.Biden’s decision to speak at the conference comes after he hosted top union officials from AFL-CIO affiliated groups in Wilmington, Del., in early March. And on Monday, as Biden gave an address about his efforts to attract more workers to the trucking industry, he recognized the new Teamsters president who was in the audience, offering him a heady welcome to his new post.
Annie Linskey, National reporter covering the White House.
8:42 a.m.
Donna Cassata: House vote fuels the argument that the GOP is ’Putin’s Party’ — The resolution was simply a show of support, known in congressional parlance as nonbinding. The bill title was “calling on the United States Government to uphold the founding democratic principles of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and establish a Center for Democratic Resilience within the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.” It came as NATO nations have rushed to the aid of Ukraine as it fights off a brutal assault by Russia, and the Democratic-led House overwhelmingly showed its support for the organization.Yet 63 House Republicans, many the most far right of the party, voted against it. The names have become familiar — Reps. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), who called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug,” Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.). Democrats took note, with Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey tweeting a screenshot of the final vote and writing, “Just now 63 House republicans — nearly one-third of the entire gop caucus — voted against support for NATO ‘as an alliance founded on democratic principles.’ The gop truly is Putin’s Party.”