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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters that Democrats acknowledged they would not allow any GOP provisions in a major infrastructure measure poised to pass the House this week.

McCarthy, a California Republican, said Monday that he met with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer about the $1.5 trillion infrastructure package.

“I said, 'It’s very partisan,' and he said, 'Yes it is. That’s the way it’s going to be,'” McCarthy said, describing his conversation with Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat.

Republicans have complained that they were excluded from participating in writing the measure. It includes a significant focus on climate change, including proposed massive increases in investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and zero-emissions buses, as well as new grant programs incentivizing states to cut their transportation pollution.

The legislation would also extend tax credits for wind, solar, and carbon capture and create incentives for energy storage, among other clean energy tax provisions.

A spokeswoman for Hoyer has not yet responded to a request for a comment in response to McCarthy’s claim.

McCarthy blamed the one-sided approach on Pelosi’s decision to allow the House to work and vote remotely, which he said has diminished Democratic participation on all levels, including in committees, which are now holding virtual hearings in many cases.

McCarthy said the format has given House Speaker Nancy Pelosi increased power to move legislation without the usual debate and inclusion of the rest of the Congress.

“The sad part is members of her own party have allowed her to do that,” McCarthy said. “They have gone against what they told their constituents, that they would speak for them and vote for them. Instead, as in shadow voting, they handed their vote to the back of her pocket so it doesn't matter what happens in committees, even if it's Zoomed far away, where people can't even participate.”

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Change Will Allow More NJ Restaurants To Offer Outdoor Dining

A change that will allow more restaurants to offer outdoor dining will soon take effect in New Jersey.

Areas with fixed roofs that have two open sides comprising more than 50 percent of the total wall space will be considered outdoors because of the air flow, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.

Indoor dining was set to resume in New Jersey last week, but Murphy postponed it days prior, citing "knucklehead behavior" at a handful of bars and restaurants across the state.

Doing so was one of the most difficult decisions Murphy and other state officials made, he said.

"I have nothing but sympathy for the businesses and employees impacted, but we're just not ready to open indoor dining," the governor said. "We must put public health before politics.

"As numerous states... follow our lead, we know it's the right call."

The COVID-19 shutdown limited eateries to pick-up and delivery only, forcing many of them closed.

Murphy did not say when the change will take effect.

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