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THE BIG DEALWeekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low: Weekly first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell below 500,000 last week for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Thursday by the Labor Department.

  • Initial applications for jobless benefits came in 498,000 in the week ending May 1, a drop of 92,000 from the previous weeks revised total of 590,000, which was initially reported at 553,000.
  • Last weeks sharp drop pushed weekly jobless claims to their lowest level since March 14, 2020, when millions of Americans were pushed out of work by the emerging pandemic. Weekly jobless claims peaked at 3.3 million in April and stayed within the seven-digit range through much of the year.

I break it down here.

The upshot: President BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: ‘He was a disruptor’ Argentina launches ‘Green Mondays’ campaign to cut greenhouse gasesOn The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC’s eviction moratorium | Biden says he’s open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE and Democratic lawmakers are hoping to turn the momentum of the recovering economy behind their push for trillions in infrastructure and social support spending. 

  • Democrats argue that it is essential to make a major investment in jobs and systems for those still struggling to rebound from the pandemic despite the national comeback.
  • Republicans have expressed some interest in a potential bipartisan deal focused exclusively on traditional infrastructure repairs, but have ruled out supporting most of Biden’s proposals and all of the tax increases floated to pay for them.

Biden in Louisiana: In search of a deal, Biden on Thursday touted his $2.3 trillion infrastructure package in Louisiana, seeking to highlight the proposals bipartisan components as negotiations with Congress intensify.

Biden made two stops in the Gulf Coast state to highlight the American Jobs Plan, which would spend billions of dollars upgrading the countrys water systems, roads, bridges and ports, while weatherizing buildings and making structures better equipped to handle the effects of climate change.

We have to build back better in a whole series of ways, Biden said in remarks on the banks of Lake Charles, with the dilapidated I-10 bridge as a backdrop. Its about building a strong foundation for the American people. So when I think about the threats of hurricanes, and global warming, and the poor condition of our economy as it relates particularly to infrastructure, I think of one thing. I think of jobs. The Hills Brett Samuels takes us there.


House to advance appropriations bills in June, July: The House Appropriations Committee and its subcommittees are planning to mark up the 12 spending bills to fund the government for the 2022 fiscal year in June, with floor passage expected in July.

“The subcommittee and full committee markups will be in June, and we will be on the floor in July,” Committee Chair Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroOvernight Health Care: Biden sets goal of at least one shot to 70 percent of adults by July 4 | White House to shift how it distributes unallocated vaccines to statesPressure builds for Biden to back vaccine patent waiversA historic moment to truly honor mothersMORE (D-Conn.) said Thursday at a Brookings event.

  • President Biden has requested $1.5 trillion in spending for the year, including a 16 percent increase in nondefense spending and a 1.7 percent boost for defense funds.
  • The overall request is 8.4 percent higher than current spending, not including emergency COVID-19 funds. 

Biden has yet to roll out a full budget proposal, which would include plans for mandatory programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as a 10-year spending plan. That request is expected in the coming weeks. The Hills Niv Elis tells us about the road ahead here.

The roadblocks:

  • While the House is set to move its spending bills along, the Senate is likely to lag. The 60-vote threshold for passing spending bills in the upper chamber means bipartisan agreements will need to be reached on spending levels before appropriations bills can advance.
  • Further complicating things will be the need to address the debt limit. A Thursday estimate from the Bipartisan Policy Center predicted that Congress will need to act by Oct. 1 to avoid a default, which would set off a global financial crisis. 

Rural Democrats urge protections from tax increases for family farms: A group of House Democrats who represent rural communities are urging leaders in the chamber to ensure that family farms arent hurt by legislation based on President Bidens proposed tax increases.

The repeal of stepped-up basis for capital gains and immediate taxation could especially hurt family farms, some of which have been in families for generations; therefore, we strongly urge you to provide full exemptions for these family farms and small businesses that are critical to our communities, the lawmakers wrote in a letter Thursday to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive takeaways on the House’s return to budget earmarksPelosi mocks House GOP looking for ‘non-threatening female’ to replace Liz CheneyCaitlyn Jenner: California needs a ‘thoughtful disruptor’MORE (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Trump moves to his own blog as Facebook ban remains in placeHoyer: GOP lawmakers mad at Cheney because she ‘believes in the truth’Five takeaways on the House’s return to budget earmarksMORE (D-Md.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealFour years is not enough Congress should make the child tax credit permanentHouse panel advances bipartisan retirement savings bill A historic moment to truly honor mothersMORE (D-Mass.). The Hills Naomi Jagoda has more here.


  • Google will allow employees to work in a hybrid model, with most employees working out of their offices half of the week and others working remotely full-time, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Wednesday.
  • The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) on Thursday launched $3 million in television ads to demand Congress pass the American Jobs Plan.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the final guidance on Wednesday for cruise lines to apply to run test trips with volunteer passengers, signifying a step closer toward normalcy for the industry. 
  • Companies like KFC, Wingstop and Buffalo Wild Wings are paying extra for poultry due to the scarce amount available, The Wall Street Journal reported. 
  • Rebecca Rockefeller Lambert and Peter Gill Case, two heirs to the Rockefeller familys oil fortune, have pledged a total of $30 million in support of an effort that aims to combat new fossil fuel development.


  • Twitter is rolling out a feature for users to send and receive tips, it said Thursday.
  • American Express is putting $40 million into a fund that will provide loans and other resources to underfunded small-business owners in the U.S., with a focus on minority-owned companies.