US NOTEBOOK by Holly Thomas

TOP STORIESThursday, July 30

ONE DEATH PER MINUTE

One person in the United States died about every minute from COVID-19 on Wednesday as the national death toll surpassed 150,000, the highest in the world.

The U.S. recorded 1,461 new deaths on Wednesday, the highest one-day increase since 1,484 on May 27.

U.S. coronavirus deaths are rising at their fastest rate in two months and have increased by 10,000 in the past 11 days. Nationally, COVID-19 deaths have risen for three weeks in a row. [Reuters] ‌

THE HOUSE JUST PASSED A MASSIVE CHILD CARE RESCUE 

The House on Wednesday passed a massive child care bailout in the form of two bills that would provide billions of dollars for an industry that has been long neglected. 

All the Democrats in the House, along with 18 Republicans, voted in favor of the Child Care Is Essential Act, which provides $50 billion in immediate funding to child care centers. (Libertarian Justin Amash and 162 Republicans voted against the bill.)

These programs looking after infants and preschoolers have been on the brink of collapse from almost the beginning of the pandemic. [HuffPost] ‌

PELOSI TO MAKE MASKS MANDATORY IN HOUSE CHAMBER

After a mask-defying Republican tested positive for COVID-19, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced everyone must wear masks whenever they’re in the House chamber.

“Members and staff will be required to wear masks at all times in the Hall of the House, except that members may remove their masks temporarily when recognized,” the California Democrat said.

Protective face masks are one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus, public health officials have said. [HuffPost]


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