Cuomo Resigns

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced he would resign yesterday, one week after an internal probe concluded he sexually harassed a number of women in recent years. The announcement comes ahead of expected impeachment hearings led by the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature. Lawmakers had given Cuomo until Friday to provide evidence in his defense. Cuomo’s resignation will take effect in two weeks.

The three-term governor has faced allegations from at least 11 women, both inside and outside his administration (previous write-up). The report detailed incidents ranging from inappropriate comments to groping and unwanted sexual contact. The independent probe lasted five months, spoke to nearly 180 witnesses, and concluded Cuomo’s actions broke state and federal law. Read the full report here.

In his place, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) is set to become the state’s first female governor. Cuomo’s resignation also leaves the 2022 race to lead the state wide open.

Infrastructure Deal Passes

The $1T bipartisan infrastructure deal passed the Senate yesterday by a final vote of 69–30. All 50 Democrats and 19 Republicans voted in favor of the package, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); see the vote breakdown here.

The deal would provide roughly $550B in new spending for physical infrastructure (see our previous write-up), with the remainder drawing on previous authority or reallocated funds. The bulk of new spending will be directed toward roads and bridges ($110B), the power grid ($73B), water projects ($55B), and similar items.

See how the bill — projected to add $256B to the deficit over 10 years — differs from the White House’s initial proposal here. The package now heads to the House for consideration.

In swift succession, the Senate passed a $3.5T budget resolution containing many White House priorities via a party-line reconciliation vote early this morning. Committees will spend the following months crafting the requisite spending bills.

Bienvenue Messi

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi arrived in Paris yesterday after agreeing to a deal with Paris Saint-Germain, ending his 21-year career in Barcelona. PSG and the 34-year-old, six-time Ballon d’Or winner — awarded to soccer’s best player each year — have reached a reported two-year contract worth $41M net annually, with a potential for a third year.

The news comes after the Argentine star’s emotional farewell Sunday where he confirmed that the club’s immense debt made it impossible to re-sign with the club at the end of his contract. Messi maintained he offered to take a 50% pay cut — reducing his salary from $1.4M per week to $700K per week — but the club was unable to keep him (some reports suggest his total Barcelona pay was much higher). Under Spanish league regulations, a team can only spend 25% of the money it receives from player sales on new contracts and Messi was considered a free agent.

Read about all the factors at play here.

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