The Philly Four: Philadelphians lose out on $1 billion in benefits, CHOP doc says omicron shouldn't worry vaccinated

Sam Britt

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Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.

After Manchin's no vote, Philadelphians could lose more than $1 billion in benefits

  • Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) stated on Monday that he could not support President Joe Biden's Build Back Better plan, essentially killing the White House's social policy agenda. Proposals within the plan such as the expansion of the earned income tax credit and the expanded child tax credit could have given Philadelphians $1 billion in 2022. The plan could have theoretically lifted 75,000 out of poverty and cut child poverty by a third, according to the Mayor’s Policy Office.

CHOP doctor says vaccinated should not worry about omicron

  • Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, stated that vaccinated individuals should not panic due to omicron. Offit said that the vaccine continues to provide its primary function in limiting the severity of infections. Offit also said that the rising case count is nothing to worry about as respiratory illnesses spike in the winter. Federal health officials estimate that omicron makes up 73% of US COVID-19 cases.

Flyers urge fans to plan around Eagles game

  • Due to a postponement, the Philadelphia Eagles and Flyers will both be playing across the street from each other on Tuesday night. The Flyers have urged fans planning to attend the game to arrive early as traffic will be hectic due to the dual games. The Wells Fargo Center lot is reserved for Flyers fans. The Flyers game against the Washington Capitals will be their last before a short league shut down due to a recent COVID-19 outbreak.

Jan. 6 panel request interview, documents from Pa. GOP member

  • The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 riots has requested an interview and documents from Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry, the panel's first interview request with a sitting member of Congress. The investigation into Perry, who pushed for the Justice Department to overturn the results of the election, stems from meetings he had with former President Donald Trump prior to the violence last Jan. 6.

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