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    Democrats thought it prudent to pass a $1.7 trillion Build Back Better Act while Americans grapple with rising food costs ahead of Thanksgiving. President Joe Biden tasked his legislative majority with passing three major bills: the $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill, the American Rescue Plan, the $1.2 trillion so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill, or the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden does not support legislation supported by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) that would empty federal prisons. “A couple days ago, President Biden was in Michigan and thanking congress woman Rashida Tlaib. She wants to release all federal prisoners within ten years. Would the president do that,” asked Fox News White House correspondent Peter...
    The most expensive item over the first half-decade of President Joe Biden’s climate and social spending legislation is a tax cut for the wealthy. The Democratic Build Back Better Act, which passed the House on Friday morning, raises the current $10,000 cap on federal tax deductions for state and local taxes to $80,000, a move that leads to a...
    U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference following the passage of the Build Back Better Act, in the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, November 19, 2021.Al Drago | Reuters The House of Representatives passed legislation Friday that would curb how wealthy Americans use retirement plans. The new rules are part of a broad restructuring of...
    In recent years, the educational standard for critical race theory (CRT) has risen far more than Republicans can bear. As calls intensify for schools to add CRT education to curriculum plans, Republicans' obsession over the controversial topic is taking center stage. The Atlantic's Adam Harris explains how Republicans are seeking to control education through legislation. The piece of legislation introduced...
              more   Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in studio to discuss the data and efficacy of masks for public school students and Tennessee legislation. (MNPS Teacher Zoe...
    If it wasn’t clear by the setup—fifty state flags on the White House’s South Lawn, an 800-person cheering section, the dais loaded with senior congressional leadership, Republican allies, labor bosses, and his own vice president—President Joe Biden had a straightforward message at the signing ceremony for his $1 trillion infrastructure bill: It’s a big fucking deal. “My message to the...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law Monday, finalizing a key part of his economic agenda.It will deliver $550 billion of new federal investments in America's infrastructure over five years, touching everything from bridges and roads to the nation's broadband, water and energy systems. Experts say the money is sorely needed to ensure safe travel, as...
    WASHINGTON -- The $1 trillion infrastructure plan that President Joe Biden plans to sign into law has money for roads, bridges, ports, rail transit, safe water, the power grid, broadband internet and more.The plan promises to reach almost every corner of the country. It's a historic investment that the president has compared to the building of the transcontinental railroad and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1 trillion infrastructure plan that President Joe Biden plans to sign into law has money for roads, bridges, ports, rail transit, safe water, the power grid, broadband internet and more. The plan promises to reach almost every corner of the country. It’s a historic investment that the president has compared to the building of the transcontinental...
    The drama over the Build Back Better Act has revealed the power of narrative in our political landscape. It is not enough to put forward policy proposals that actually help people, pay for them with taxes on the wealthiest and then try to pass those proposals into law. You also need to fight a destructive, damaging narrative against “government spending.”...
    Washington (CNN)A version of this story appeared in CNN's Race Deconstructed newsletter. To get it in your inbox every week, sign up for free here.Legislation in Washington may have lost the little momentum that it had, but state and local governments across the US are forging ahead with their plans to design and implement reparations proposals for Black residents.Take, for...
    A Republican House lawmaker who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill said she supported the legislation because “these are the things people expect when they pay taxes.” Freshman Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) told host John Berman on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday that she voted to send the bill to President BidenJoe BidenBiden slams Nicaragua's 'sham elections,' calls Ortegas autocrats...
    Gov. Mike DeWine, Republican of Ohio, on the campaign trail in 2018. DeWine just signed mandatory personal finance education for high schoolers into state law.Kirk Irwin | Getty Images News | Getty Images Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill mandating all high-schoolers in the state take a half-credit, standalone personal finance course before they graduate. With the signing...
    (CNN)A Philadelphia law banning traffic stops for minor violations is set to go into effect early next year after the city's mayor gave final approval Wednesday.The law, which passed Philadelphia's city council last month by a 14-2 vote and has the support of the city's police department, designates seven low-level violations for which traffic stops are prohibited, including bumper issues,...
    By Larry Keane Gun collectors, beware. Certain Members of Congress believe if an individual buys too many guns, too much ammunition or too many accessories, that person is a potentially dangerous criminal or a “domestic terrorist.” They also want banks to tell on anyone who might be buying too much. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and U.S. Reps. Madeleine Dean...
    Barack Obama, the late John Lewis, and Former President George W. Bush hold hands for a prayer after Obama spoke near the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday."Gerald Herbert/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.On Wednesday afternoon, GOP senators blocked...
    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation Tuesday barring the display of symbols of hate on all public property and equipment after a fire truck decorated with a Confederate flag sparked outrage last year. GOV CUOMO RESIGNS AMID SEXUAL HARASSMENT SCANDAL The bill expands on a law passed by Hochul's predecessor, disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that prohibits the sale...
    When President Joe Biden released a comprehensive outline of his centerpiece social spending bill on Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had a simple message for House Democrats. Don’t talk about what’s not in the bill, Pelosi said: Talk about what is in it. There is, of course, a lot. The bill Biden outlined contains $1.75 trillion in investments that establish...
                        The legislation that emerged in Saturday’s early morning hours from the three days of the 112th Tennessee General Assembly’s Third Extraordinary Session provided a number of safeguards against COVID-19 mandates, but some legislators say concessions to accommodate big business and funding from the federal government also resulted in...
    President Biden’s federal vaccine mandate will only worsen existing problems in the supply chain as employees will be faced with losing their job or succumbing to the administrations’ coercive mandates, Republican senators and industry leaders warned on Thursday during a press conference on Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) legislation Keeping Our COVID-19 Heroes Employed Act. Blackburn held a press conference Thursday with...
                        In a press release on Tuesday, Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) announced that he and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) led 35 Republican senators to introduce the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021, a bill to protect the full and faithful implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy...
    President Joe Biden is facing a tough week that will have long-lasting consequences for both his domestic and foreign policy agendas. To succeed, he needs to pass a multi-trillion dollar spending bill and maintain America’s role as global leader in overseas meetings. The Biden administration has been negotiating with Democrats on Capitol Hill for months to pass the president’s infrastructure...
    Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat and roadblock to the party passing a number of left-wing priorities in an evenly divided Senate, mused about his crisis of political belonging and efforts to persuade him to leave that party. "Do you think by having a D or an I or an R is going to change who I am? I...
    It’s hard to overstate how bonkers the American left has gone. If conservatives weren’t in such a state of disarray, they would be dominating American politics like never before. President Joe Biden and leading Democrats somehow convinced themselves the 2020 election was a call to fundamentally transform America into a socialist country. They decided countries don’t need borders. They decided...
    Democrats are running out of room to move legislation to reform elections and expand voting access—and a core constituency who put Democrats in charge is running out of patience. On Wednesday, congressional Democrats hit an inflection point after months of pushing for election reforms. When the Freedom to Vote Act—a comprehensive bill to overhaul all kinds of election rules—came to...
    President BidenJoe BidenWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt MORE’s signature piece of domestic legislation is going to be much smaller than initially envisioned — and that’s vexing Democrats who worry that vital proposals will be whittled down...
    Activists rally at the White House, demanding that the Biden Administration take the lead on voting rights and pressure Congress to pass legislation protecting the right to vote, October 5, 2021.Allison Bailey/NurPhoto via AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.In March 2021, before the Senate held its...
    (CNN)The White House is under mounting pressure to get results on voting rights legislation, but sources tell CNN the Biden administration still isn't ready to try to jam it through the Senate by force -- even though the Senate's latest voting bill is expected to falter yet again on Wednesday.Instead of using their slim majority to force the bill through...
    (CNN)West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin -- a Democrat -- appears to be intent on ripping the heart out of President Joe Biden's climate change agenda.With his all-powerful 50th vote as leverage, Manchin's reported opposition to Biden's plan for a $150 billion plan to pay power generators to further cut reliance on fossil fuels, kills the plan.It wouldn't be the first...
    (CNN)There's an unwritten rule in the Senate that no senator from your own party should try to mess with you in your state. Which is what makes what Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders did on Friday very interesting -- and potentially explosive.Sanders took to the pages of West Virginia's Charleston Gazette-Mail to make the case for an expansive version of President...
    President Joe Biden has signed legislation temporarily raising the government's borrowing limit to $28.9 trillion, pushing off the deadline for debt default only until December. Without the increase in the debt ceiling, the U.S. Treasury had estimated it would run out of money to pay the nation's bills on Oct. 18. The $480 billion increase in the borrowing limit signed...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, on Tuesday called on leaders in Washington from both parties — including President Joe Biden — to “get their act together,” while pushing Senate Democrats to scrap the filibuster if needed to enact the party’s priorities on infrastructure spending and voting rights. The harsh words from McAuliffe during...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 6, 2021.Ting Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Senate on Thursday approved a bill to help the U.S. avoid a default on its debt in the next few weeks. In the most consequential vote...
    Frances Haugen, Facebook whistle-blower, speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg | Getty Images You may have heard this one before: lawmakers are outraged at a tech company, calling for its CEO to testify and promising, finally, to rein in Big Tech. That's the scene...
    by Jennifer Chowdhury This story was originally published at Prism. On Sept. 23, the New York City Council passed a historic set of bills establishing safety and security for delivery workers, particularly those working for food delivery apps. The legislation, which was sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s desk and is expected to be signed into law, allows...
    Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn said Sunday that President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill is a “build back broke” agenda designed to “institutionalize socialism.” WATCH: “We know that the Build Back Better agenda has become the Biden build back broke agenda,” Blackburn told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” “and the American people have figured out that what they’re trying to...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi extended the deadline for the House’s vote on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to Oct. 31 in a “Dear Colleagues” letter Saturday. Pelosi said the House voted to extend the Sept. 30 deadline due to needing more time reach their goal of passing a budget agreement and certainty that it would pass once it was debated on...
    During a Thursday interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) emphasized the importance of passing the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill, which is currently at a deadlock. According to Omar, Democrats “made a promise to the American people to deliver” on that massive investment, which she said must get done. “What’s your reaction to the idea that you ought...
    Lawmakers are looking at pushing the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) into repairing and upgrading security systems in federal prisons to prevent future incidents such as the alleged suicide of Jeffrey Epstein. The bill, known as the Prison Camera Reform Act of 2021, was introduced Wednesday by Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff of Georgia, Dick Durban of Illinois, and Chuck Grassley of...
    President BidenJoe BidenFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push Protesters demonstrate outside Manchin's houseboat over opposition to reconciliation package Alabama eyes using pandemic relief funds on prison system MORE is facing his toughest days yet as he tries to keep the disparate factions of his party together. Distrust is festering between moderates and progressives as crunch time...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The drama and deadlines driving action on Capitol Hill right now can be disorienting. Democrats are trying to pass more than $4 trillion in infrastructure and social programs at the center of President Joe Biden’s agenda — and at the same time avert a government shutdown and prevent a federal default that could send financial markets crashing....
    When the top progressive in the U.S. House, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), went on Rachel Maddow’s show last week, she used the massive platform to reiterate a threat: that her bloc of lawmakers would vote against a bipartisan infrastructure bill if it weren’t paired with a bill containing the health care, climate, and economic promises they’d ran on for years....
                      by Andrew Trunsky  The House late Thursday passed the National Defense Authorization Act after a marathon day of voting on hundreds of amendments as Congress continues work toward a government funding bill with a potential shutdown one week away. The $768 billion defense bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, with 316...
    In an apparent rebuke at President Trump, House Democrats brought forth  legislation on Tuesday aimed at curbing presidential powers and bolstering checks on the presidency.  In a package dubbed the Protecting our Democracy Act, nine Democrats put together legislation that would make it harder for presidents to grant clemency or pardons in situations that raise concerns of corruption, suspend the...