Senate, Patrick Merkel, Janet Williams discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News


Our producer, and our top story this morning, one of the two passengers who was on board a small plane when it crashed into a transmission tower in Montgomery village on Sunday evening remains hospitalized this morning. The other one has been released. Now the cause of the crash still isn't known, but we now have the 9-1-1 call that was made by the pilot 66 year old Patrick Merkel. I've flown into a tower to the northwest of dacres for airport. The calmness in his voice belies the predicament he and his passenger 66 year old Janet Williams were in. Trapped about 100 feet off the ground, their plane dangling from the tower. I'm just concerned about our articulation and the possibility that we could slip out of this tower. The 9-1-1 call taker asked about injuries and offered clear directions as first responders began the rescue. Stay inside of the plane, obviously, keep as still as you can. You're working on getting up to you guys. Emergency personnel stayed in constant contact with pilot and passenger during the ordeal. Now the national transportation safety board is investigating and it does expect to have a preliminary report within two to three weeks and a final report within 12 to 24 months. Happening today, the Senate is set to vote on final passage of a bipartisan bill to protect same sex and sex and interracial marriages. Now the bill does not set a national requirement that all states must legalize same sex marriage, but it does require states to recognize another state's legal marriage. Senate Democrats are moving quickly while the party still holds the majority in both chambers of Congress, the house would still have to vote on the legislation and set it to President Biden for signature, support for the bill has gained momentum, including backing from a number of Republicans in deeply red states. Meantime, Congress is shifting into a legislative sprint toward the end of the year and has to address some critical spending bills soon. We get more from double DTP's Mitchell Miller today on the hill. Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer says he hopes Republicans will work with Democrats to pass an omnibus spending bill. Ensuring the federal government is fully prepared to serve the public in the next fiscal year. That needs to be done before December 16th to avoid a government shutdown. If a long-term Bill can't be passed, lawmakers will need to approve a short term measure. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell remains concerned about rising spending and higher costs that keep hitting consumers. Inflation literally on top of inflation. The Senate, meanwhile, has advanced to same sex protection bill on a procedural vote, clearing the way for a final vote expected soon. On Capitol Hill, Mitchell Miller, WTO, news. It is a must win situation in this afternoon for the U.S. men's national team as they face Iran in a World Cup match. The losing team will likely be eliminated from the World Cup. In a news conference, Team USA captain Tyler Adams was grilled by Iranian reporters from mispronouncing the country's name and to questions about discrimination in the U.S. by apologies on the mispronunciation of your country. That being said, you know, there's discrimination everywhere you go. One thing that I've learned, especially from living abroad in the past years and having to fit in in different cultures is that in the U.S. we're continuing to make progress every single day. American manager Greg berhalter also apologized for the U.S. soccer federation's decision to strip the emblem of the Islamic Republic from Iran's flag on social media. We'll have full highlights of this afternoon's match here on WTO. 6 36 now and Secretary of State Anthony blinken and his NATO counterparts are gathering in Romania today to drum up urgently needed support for Ukraine, including deliveries of electrical components for the war torn countries devastated power transmission network. Ukraine's power grid has been battered country wide since early October by targeted Russian strikes and what U.S. officials call a Russian campaign to weaponize the coming winter cold. The

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