Rush before recess

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Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (Democrat of California) is surrounded by reporters and photographers as she passes through Statuary Hall for a bill enrollment photo op for H.R. 1652 - VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021, at the US Capitol, in Washington, DC, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Photo by Rod Lamkey/CNP/Reuters.

Congress is in that busy mode before it goes on vacation. What’s moving forward? Right now, it’s the negotiations over the bipartisan infrastructure framework and Democrats’ $3.5 trillion social spending package. What’s stalling? Voting rights and police reform. Josh Barro talks with panelists Megan McArdle and Gustavo Arellano about why that’s fizzled and all the homework Congress is trying to finish before summer recess. 

Then: the delta variant is continuing to wreak havoc on the unvaccinated, with case rates up nearly fivefold since the third week of June. Do masks make sense again now? What’s the best way to get people vaccinated? And what’s Gustavo saying to the ‘pandejos’ now?

Plus, are billionaires in space annoying or are they good for humanity? And finally: why the Summer Olympics should probably always be held in Los Angeles. 



Sara Fay