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President Joe Biden lambasted Republicans who opposed his signature infrastructure law that is funding lead-pipe removal in North Carolina, as he seeks to make a long-shot play for the state’s voters.

Biden’s trip yesterday to the battleground state — the third this year — is bolstering his campaign’s push to compete in the traditionally red state that Donald Trump narrowly won in 2020.

Biden announced $3 billion to help identify and replace toxic lead pipes and deliver clean drinking water, casting the investment as a boon to public health and the state’s economy. The president also met with the families of four law enforcement officers fatally shot in Charlotte earlier this week. The two events showcased Biden’s efforts to appeal to both urban Black voters and white suburban voters he will need to compete in the swing state.

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President Joe Biden during an event in Wilmington, N.C. yesterday.

Biden’s campaign has sought to put Trump on the defensive in the state before their November rematch, particularly with the presumptive Republican nominee sidelined by a Manhattan criminal trial, Skylar Woodhouse and Jordan Fabian report. Read More

BIDEN’S AGENDA

  • Biden will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom around 4:30 p.m. Read More about the honorees.
  • The president will leave the White House around 6 p.m for Wilmington, Del., where he’ll arrive around 7 p.m.
  • Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will hold a briefing around 1:30 p.m.

CONGRESS’ SCHEDULE

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  • The Army sought $3.1 billion related to 155mm shell production and production increases, the Army’s acquisition chief, said. The funds would be used to replenish the depleted US stockpile, which also would allow sending more to Ukraine.
  • “We appear to have gotten $6 billion,” from Congress, he told reporters. “That, I think, is a vote of confidence as we make our way to 100,000 shells a month and that would let us do that for longer.” Read More

A new bill to address DRUG SHORTAGES would create a MEDICARE program to offer bonus payments to hospitals and doctors that enter into long-term contracts with makers of certain generics, Alex Ruoff reports.

  • The long-awaited draft bill from Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) would offer health-care providers up to 25% of the drug’s price and the opportunity to get more add-on payments.
  • The bipartisan proposal comes nearly a month after the White House met with congressional leaders on fighting drug shortages. There were 323 active drug shortages in Q1 of 2024, one report found. Read More

LOBBYISTS are bracing for a new tome, set for release on Tuesday, examining three dynasties of K Street and their work to wield corporate power in Washington, Kate Ackley reports.

  • “The Wolves of K Street” delves into the details about lobbyists Tom Boggs, Tony Podesta, and the firm once known as Black, Manafort & Stone, said authors Brody Mullins and Luke Mullins in an interview with BGOV.
  • Years-long financial and power struggles at Boggs’ firm may have contributed to the lobbyist’s death in 2014, former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) says in a chapter that the authors previewed to BGOV. Read More

Rep. John MOOLENAAR, will maintain the mission of the House China panel his predecessor set out, which started last year to investigate corporate ties to China and possible national security threats, Ackley reports.

  • The new head of the committee might not court media attention like Mike Gallagher but still draws a hard line against the Asian nation, according to lobbyists familiar with the panel.
  • “Gallagher seemed to want to make this about his own political ambitions,” before he left Congress, said John Feehery, a former House GOP leadership aide who is a lobbyist at EFB Advocacy. Moolenaar of Michigan, Feehery said, seems “more of a workhorse than a show horse.” Read More
  • Also Read: House Panel Urges Probe Into TikTok’s Use of Kids to Fight Bill

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House WAYS AND MEANS Republicans are full steam ahead with preparations for next year’s tax negotiations ahead of the expiry dates of key programs with the launch of new “tax teams.”

  • GOP members of the House tax committee in April unveiled 10 groups that will address topics lawmakers expect will be on the negotiating table when a swath of individual tax breaks from the 2017 tax law expire at the end of next year.
  • Ways and Means Chair Jason Smith (R-Mo.) said his panel’s tax teams will be busy this summer, and has said he hopes the teams will stake out a new path than working groups formed in the years leading up to 2017. Read More

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  • About one-third of DACA recipients, known as “Dreamers,” don’t have health insurance, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said.
  • The administration expects 100,000 people to sign up for heath care plans. Read More

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To contact the reporters on this story: Brandon Lee in Washington at blee@bgov.com; Jeannie Baumann in Washington at jbaumann@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kayla Sharpe at ksharpe@bloombergindustry.com; Giuseppe Macri at gmacri@bgov.com

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