[News] A COVID death plateau?, monkeypox missteps: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s support sets up the Inflation Reduction Act

The bill addresses debt, climate and more. Plus, health reporter Adrianna Rodriguez talks about a COVID death plateau, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wraps up her Asia trip amid Taiwan tensions, patient safety reporter Karen Weintraub has a monkeypox update and Brittney Griner has been sentenced to nine years in Russian prison.

Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Friday, the 5th of August, 2022. Today the Inflation Reduction Act takes a possible step forward, plus a disturbing plateau of COVID deaths and more.

Here are some of the top headlines.

  1. Three more ships carrying grain have left Ukraine and are headed to Turkey for inspection, a UN-backed deal is working to export Ukrainian grain that has been trapped by Russia’s invasion.
  2. Four Louisville police officers connected to the killing of Breonna Taylor have been charged with civil rights violations. Taylor was 26 when Louisville officers knocked down her door and shot her to death while executing a search warrant.
  3. And the Biden administration has declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Stay tuned for more later in the show.

Taylor Wilson:

Senator Kyrsten Sinema announced late yesterday that she would move forward to support fellow Democrats on the Inflation Reduction Act they’re looking to pass this week. The bill is a sweeping package of initiatives to fight climate change, lower drug prices, and reduce the deficit. Sinema was the last Democrat holdout on the bill, and said she negotiated the removal of a provision to increase taxes on carried interest, targeting wealthy investors. That resolved a major difference, previously holding back her support. Her shift now sets up a final version of the bill to be introduced tomorrow. Democrats hope to pass the bill on a party line vote through budget reconciliation. That process would allow approval with a simple majority, and avoid the 60-vote threshold to overcome a Republican filibuster. It would need the votes of all Democrats and a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Kamala Harris.

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