10 things you need to know today: May 3, 2021

news.yahoo.com
5 min read
standard
1. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday that President Biden had invited leading Republican lawmakers to the White House to accelerate...
1.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday that President Biden had invited leading Republican lawmakers to the White House to accelerate negotiations over their competing infrastructure proposals this week. One of those invited was Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), a leading GOP negotiator on the proposals. "We're going to work with Republicans," Klain said on CBS. "We're going to find common ground." Biden has proposed $2.3 trillion in spending on infrastructure programs and services over eight years. Republicans say Biden's plan goes beyond conventional infrastructure. They have proposed a $568 billion alternative plan. Republican lawmakers say compromise is possible on a package targeting roads, bridges, and other physical infrastructure. [The Wall Street Journal]

2.

A New Delhi court on Sunday said it would start punishing public officials for failing to deliver a steady supply of oxygen and other materials needed to save lives during India's devastating coronavirus outbreak. Hospitals in the country have warned they are running out of oxygen needed by patients with the most severe breathing problems caused by COVID-19 as the country has set global records for daily new cases, and national records for daily fatalities. Hospital authorities asked the court to intervene after the government failed to provide a steady supply of oxygen as Delhi extended a lockdown to curb infections. "Water has gone above the head. Enough is enough," the New Delhi High Court said. [The Associated Press]

3.

Texas Democrats conceded Sunday that they had been shut out of a runoff election to fill the seat of the late Rep. Ron Wright (R-Texas), who was fighting lung cancer when he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and died in February. Wright's widow, Susan Wright, was the leading candidate. Fellow Republican Jake Ellzey was narrowly leading Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez with nearly all the votes in Texas' 6th Congressional District counted, and held onto the lead as the…
Harold Maass
Read full article