By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. House passes BBB Act

The U.S. House passed President Biden's Build Back Better Act this morning on a 220-213 vote, with all Republicans and one Democrat opposing. It's a $2 trillion package that would overhaul federal health care, education, climate, immigration and tax laws. Indiana Democrats say it will deliver universal pre-K (a goal of the late Gov. Frank O'Bannon), allow more access to HIP 2.0, while "solving" the state's childcare crisis. "Indiana Democrats will deliver this better future for Hoosiers," the party said.

According to the White House, The Build Back Better framework will enable Indiana to provide access to child care for about 440,000 young children (ages 0-5) per year from families earning under 2.5 times the state median income (about $208,000 for a family of 4), and ensure these families pay no more than 7% of their income on high-quality child care. It will provide universal free preschool for 184,000 Hoosier 3- and 4-year olds. It will provide access to the Health Indiana Plan 2.0 to 136,000 uninsured people while 83,600 will on average save hundreds of dollars per year.

Said U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, who along with U.S. Rep. Frank Mrvan voted for the bill, “The Build Back Better Act is a once-in-a-generation investment in Hoosiers, and all Americans. This bill addresses many of the urgent needs of Americans, and helps make our country better prepared to lead the world well into the 21st Century. America is known for achieving big things, and the Build Back Better Act is another great example of the American people’s ability to bring about transformative change. I urge my Senate colleagues to pass this legislation so the President can sign it into law as soon as possible." 

2. Walorski sees more 'socialism'

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown: "President Biden and the Democrats’ socialist tax and spend scam is big-government at its worst. This radical legislation would exert more government control over Americans’ lives than ever before. While the Democrats’ so-called ‘Build Back Better’ plan would indeed build a bigger government for unelected bureaucrats, all the American people get are higher taxes, skyrocketing inflation, and less freedom. This unprecedented power grab is astonishingly out of touch with the hardworking Hoosiers who feed, fuel, and power our nation. It vastly expands entitlement programs, promotes ‘welfare without work,’ punishes American job creators with burdensome taxes, weaponizes the IRS to target families and small businesses, and encourages taxpayer funding for abortion - all while giving tax breaks to wealthy blue states. Alarmingly, this legislation would decimate parents’ rights by dictating where their kids learn and who can provide child care – purposefully excluding faith-based options in an attack on Americans’ religious freedom. The Democrats’ tax and spend scam is the perfect recipe for disaster, as American workers are incentivized to stay home and job creators are incentivized to ship good jobs overseas."

3. COVID's Indiana comeback

Not again! COVID-19, fueled mostly by unvaccinated, is making another comeback. Allen County recorded 400 new cases on Thursday, the most since Jan. 10. Indiana University's Dr. Aaron Carroll urged all Hoosiers to get vax boosters. “If you’re all boostered, so much the better,” Carroll said.?The CDC says about a third of U.S. health care workers remain unvaccinated. On July 4, President Biden said, “Two hundred and forty-five years ago, we declared our independence from a distant king. Today, we’re closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus. That’s not to say the battle against COVID-19 is over. We’ve got a lot more work to do.” There were 600,000 COVID deaths in the U.S. on July 4, and more than 771,000 today.

4. More change for Hoosiers

Duke Energy Indiana's latest 20-year plan says it will be coal free by 2035 and have about 60% of its generating capacity be renewables in the next two decades. The Wall Street Journal reports that Ford and GM are now looking to get into the semiconductor business after severe chip shortages this year crimped production. CVS will close 900 stores in 2022.

5. Peanut Butter and Jelly toast of DC

The Willard Hotel just down the block from the White House has been the scene of intrigue and refuge from the days of Abraham Lincoln through Donald Trump. Last night, Hoosier turkeys "Peanut Butter" and "Jelly" from Jasper's Farbest Farms made their own plans at the Willard Hotel on the eve of the traditional pre-Thanksgiving pardoning by the president. No reports of whether the two bird ended up jumping on the beds or were plotting to overthrow the government.

Have a great weekend folks. Thanks for reading. It's The Atomic!