Today’s In Crisis headlines


(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

Senate to hold first public hearing on Capitol insurrection
The Senate will hold its first public hearing Tuesday on the January 6 Capitol insurrection that left 140 officers injured and five people dead.

The meeting, which will take place during a joint hearing between the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Rules and Administration Committee, includes top officials who were responsible for security at the Capitol that day. Law enforcement officials will examine the various security failures that lead to the breach.

Lawmakers will use this hearing to determine what security is needed in Washington moving forward. This will be the first of several hearings.

Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections, deaths and vaccinations.

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 111,824,687
Global deaths: 2,476,668.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 500,443.
Number of countries/regions: at least 192
Total patients recovered globally: 63,099,493

Latest reported COVID-19 numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 28,191,213 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 500,443.  California has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 49,541.
U.S. total people tested: 341,874,832

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 3,536,946 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks second in the world after England, which has 3,614,793 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,606,761 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

Latest reported COVID-19 vaccination numbers in the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a total of 75,205,940 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S.  Of those, 64,177,474 doses have been administered, with 44,138,118 people receiving one or more doses, and 19,438,495 people receiving two doses. The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, which are the two most prevalent in the U.S., each require two doses to be effective.

House Democrats advance COVID-19 relief package

House Democrats on Monday advanced the White House’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package through the House Budget Committee, setting up a vote to send the measure to the Senate for consideration at the end of the week.

“We are in a race against time,” House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, said.  “Aggressive, bold action is needed before our nation is more deeply and permanently scarred by the human and economic costs of inaction.”

Republicans decried the price tag of the package, accusing Democrats of using the pandemic as an excuse to pass key agenda items, including the $15/hour minimum wage increase.

“This bill would be a crushing blow to our economy,” said Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa. “This is out-of-control spending.”

The committee favorably reported the proposal to the full House in a near-party line vote of 19-16.

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