June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021

Top News

  • Biden’s $6 trillion budget proposal would rebuild America’s social safety net. Vox
  • U.S. economy adds 559,000 jobs in May, as the recovery shows signs of strength. Washington Post
  • Dems notch easy win in New Mexico special election. Politico
  • COVID-19 cases hit lowest point in U.S. since pandemic began. Axios
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Democrats at Crossroads to Merge Biden, Wyden Clean Energy Plans. Bloomberg Tax
  • Here Are America’s Top Methane Emitters. Some Will Surprise You. New York Times
  • Biden administration to suspend oil and gas drilling leases in Arctic refuge, undoing a Trump-era decision. CNN
  • Biden proposes more than $2B for clean energy infrastructure, $14B+ increase in climate spending. Smart Cities Dive
  • Dissident shareholders win a third seat on ExxonMobil board. Washington Post

Indian Affairs

  • The Promise and Pressures of Deb Haaland, the First Native American Cabinet Secretary. New York Times
  • Covid funds spell relief for six Virginia Indian tribes. Washington Post
  • Covid deaths ravaged this Native American tribe. Now, 98% of eligible citizens are vaccinated. NBC News
  • President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Makes Significant Investments in Indian Affairs Programs. Red Lakes


  • US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of May 24, 2021. National Law Review
  • Workers Should Have the Power to Say ‘No’. Atlantic
  • Biden may be the most pro-union president since Truman. But can he stop labor’s decline? Los Angeles Times
  • Labor Shortage Draws Attention of U.S. Lawmakers. Wall Street Journal
  • Uber Critic David Weil Tapped for Second Stint as DOL Wage Chief. Bloomberg Law

Taxation & Trade

  • China trade envoy, US Treasury secretary meet by video. Associated Press
  • Biden’s proposed 39.6% top tax rate would apply at these income levels. CNBC
  • Yellen Aims to Win Support for Global Tax Deal. New York Times
  • Biden expands Trump’s list of Chinese companies banned from US investment. CNN


  • Will The US Let The Chips Fall On Semiconductor Policy? Forbes
  • A U.S. privacy law seemed possible this Congress. Now, prospects are fading fast. Politico
  • Facebook to end a longtime exception made for politicians who break its rules. Washington Post
  • Big Tech’s New Arch-Nemesis. Bloomberg

Transportation & Infrastructure 

  • Biden And Sen. Capito Try Again To Bridge Their Infrastructure Divide. NPR
  • The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge. New York Times
  • U.S. air travel reaches pandemic high as peak season kicks off. CNBC
  • Rise of Electric Vehicles Presents Questions About Transportation Funding. Transport Topics
  • U.S. House Democrats propose $547 billion surface transport plan. Reuters

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