May 19, 2022

Post Politics Now: Harris to meet with abortion providers; Biden heading to Asia

Today, House Democrats approved legislation that would bolster the federal government’s ability to target gas price-gouging. The bill seems unlikely to pass in the evenly divided Senate but was intended to send a message that the party cares about the pinch Americans are feeling at the pump and from ongoing inflation. The Senate voted to send a $40 billion Ukraine aid bill to President Biden’s desk.

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Biden, meanwhile, is headed to Asia on his first trip to the region since becoming president following a meeting with the leaders of Sweden and Finland in a show of support for their bids to join NATO. Vice President Harris plans to meet virtually with a group of abortion providers from the White House complex as the Supreme Court weighs the fate of Roe v. Wade.

And counting continues in Pennsylvania in the too-close-to-call Republican primary for U.S. Senate in which celebrity physician Mehmet Oz has a narrow lead over rival David McCormick. Former president Donald Trump has urged Oz to declare victory.

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  • 10:30 a.m. Eastern: Biden, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto delivered remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House. Watch it here.
  • 10:30 a.m. Eastern: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a weekly news conference. Watch it here.
  • 11:30 a.m. Eastern: Biden departed the White House en route to Asia with a stop in Alaska. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre gaggled with reporters on Air Force One. Listen here.
  • 2:05 p.m. Eastern: Harris met virtually with abortion providers from the White House complex. Watch here.

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