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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks as U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S. the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas look on, with U.S. President Joe Biden on the screen, at a virtual event on securing access to reproductive and other health care services at the first meeting of the interagency Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, in Washington, U.S., August 3, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)
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Today, President Biden, during a virtual meeting with business and labor leaders, urged Congress to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, arguing that polling has shown many of its provisions to be popular with the public.

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“My message to Congress is this: Listen to the American people,” Biden said during the event, after pitching the package brokered by Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.). The act aims to lower health-care costs, combat climate change, reduce the deficit and revise the U.S. tax code.

Democrats are scrambling to push the package through the chamber under budget reconciliation rules that would allow passage without any Republican votes, assuming all 50 members of the Democratic caucus are on board. Party leaders have been engaged in closed-door discussions in recent days with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who has said little publicly about the legislation. Schumer announced Thursday that the Senate hopes to vote Saturday to begin debate.

Meanwhile, Tennessee is holding primary elections Thursday for redrawn congressional seats, governor and the state legislature, among other offices. Republican Gov. Bill Lee (R) has no primary challenger, and national Democrats haven’t targeted his race in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 2006.

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  • 10 a.m. Eastern time: FBI Director Christopher A. Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch here.
  • 12:50 p.m. Eastern: Vice President Harris met in Boston with Massachusetts legislators to discuss reproductive rights.
  • 1:45 p.m. Eastern: Biden held a virtual roundtable event with business and labor leaders to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act. Watch here.
  • 3 p.m. Eastern: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre briefs reporters. Watch live here.

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