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    Upon her return to Capitol Hill from a meeting at the White House on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that a deal was within reach on congressional Democrats’ sweeping social spending package. Pelosi met with President Joe Biden on Friday, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joining them virtually, as Democrats seek an agreement on the spending...
    President Joe Biden is disappointing liberal activists and his wife as congressional Democrats are poised to scrap a program providing two years of free community college to eligible students. And as Biden, White House aides, and Capitol Hill Democrats frantically chip away at their original $3.5 trillion social welfare and climate spending package, as well as try to agree on...
    The White House disagrees with the criticism that price inflation has the same effect as a tax, given President Joe Biden's campaign promise not to hike levies on people earning less than $400,000 a year. The Biden administration is dealing with a "historic" and "evolving" pandemic that is having economic repercussions, including "outsized" supply chain consequences, according to spokeswoman Karine...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Navy probe reveals disastrous ship fire response GOP rep leaves committee assignments after indictment Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she's ready to scrap two key components of the House's $3.5 trillion social benefits package — a long-term extension of the...
    Democrats may end up nixing a plan to hike taxes in order to pay for a massive social welfare spending package. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, acknowledged Thursday that party lawmakers may not include tax increases on corporations and the wealthy in legislation they hope to pass in the coming weeks that would provide a broad array of...
    Jill Biden vowed on Thursday to continue the fight for free community college amid reports it would be dropped from her husband's trillion-dollar social spending package as part of a cost-cutting effort. Her pledge after she acknowledged the challenges that come with being first lady and the 'hurt and anger' she's met when she's visited red-leaning states that didn't vote...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined "America’s Newsroom" Thursday, suggesting Americans would be 'better off' if Democrats' 'reckless' tax and spending package never passed. McConnell made these comments as Democrats continue to struggle with passing Biden’s spending agenda.  MCCONNELL JABS AT TRUMP SAYING 2022 MIDTERMS SHOULDN’T BE ‘REHASH’ OF 2020 ELECTION MITCH MCCONNELL: The American people would be a lot...
    Joe Biden showed his frustration with warring Democrats delaying the passage of his Congressional agenda on Wednesday, urging the moderate and progressive wings of the party to come together to pass his trillion dollar package of social programs. 'What are we doing? This is the United States of America, damn it,' Biden said, his voice raising during a speech in...
    President Joe Biden did not shy away from pitching the virtues of clean energy on his trip home to Scranton, Pennsylvania, while claiming his trillion-dollar cradle-to-grave social welfare and climate spending package would not add to the federal deficit. Biden, who irked Pennsylvanians during the 2020 campaign with his fracking positions, told a crowd at Scranton's Electric City Trolley Museum...
    Democratic lawmakers are swiftly cutting back their spending on the Build Back Better agenda after 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 made clear to progressive lawmakers that the package will spend far less than...
    A top House Democrat said on Wednesday that lawmakers are not aiming to finish a massive spending package by an Oct. 31 deadline despite assertions by other leaders that they are committed to the Halloween deadline. “The White House has indicated that they're not on a timeline, and we're not on the timeline,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries...
    WASHINGTON -- Scaling down his ambitious domestic agenda, President Joe Biden has described a more limited vision to Democratic lawmakers of his $2 trillion package for addressing climate change and expanding social services.Likely to be eliminated or shaved back: plans for tuition-free community colleges, a path to permanent legal status for certain immigrants in the U.S. and a clean energy...
    President Joe Biden has set a new $1.9 trillion spending cap on a new social welfare spending package, which would push even lower the recent $2 trillion limit the president imposed on Democrats as they struggle to reach a deal on the legislation ahead of an Oct. 31 deadline. Biden, who met with centrist and liberal Democrats Tuesday and...
    The White House said Tuesday that President BidenJoe BidenJan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms MORE is “more confident” about the path forward for his sweeping...
    Progressive lawmakers emerged Tuesday from a meeting at the White House saying President BidenJoe BidenJan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms MORE has taken charge of...
    Rep. Pramila Jayapal voiced high praise of President Joe Biden after she and other progressive Democrats met with him at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the infrastructure bill and reconciliation package. Addressing reporters outside the White House, the congresswoman from Washington state was asked how she would describe Biden in his role as president, to which she...
    Progressive Democrats, led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, expressed optimism on Tuesday the party could come to a deal on President Joe Biden's budget package of social programs even as she expressed disappointment over the expected cuts. Biden was holding seperate meetings with liberal and moderate lawmakers at the White House to bring the warring wings of his Democratic party to consensus...
    A top House Democrat said Tuesday the party plans to meet a Halloween deadline to advance a massive spending package but hedged on whether they would be successful, telling reporters “it’s very tough” to cut the price tag to meet the demands of centrists. “It's very tough,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, acknowledged following weeks of stalled...
    (CNN)Several Senate Democrats expressed concerns Monday about Sen. Joe Manchin's refusal to support key climate change provisions in the sweeping spending and tax package backed by President Joe Biden, with some going as far as warning they may withdraw their support for the package if it significantly weakens the climate proposals."I can't support a bill that does not have a...
    Monday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) weighed in on the Democrats’ massive $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. Although Democrats have not come to an agreement on the final tenets of the package, it includes a plethora of entitlement programs deemed by many as part of a Democrat “wish list.” Ernst said President Joe Biden and...
    President Joe Biden, eager to revive stalled negotiations on his economic agenda, will meet with warring House Democrats this week in a bid to reach a deal. Biden started the talks on Monday with Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat who heads the nearly 100-member House Progressive Caucus. Jayapal is leading the opposition to efforts by Democratic centrists to...
    President Joe Biden met with progressive Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal at the White House Monday, days after saying his $3.5 trillion build back better plan will shrink, with community college and climate change programs on the ropes. Biden's meeting with the Washington Democrat, who chairs the House Progressive Caucus, comes after he has held repeat meetings with Senate holdouts Sen....
    House Republicans, who unanimously oppose a plan by Democrats to jam through a massive social welfare package , will launch their own campaign next week condemning the legislation as “welfare expansion.” Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee plan a roundtable forum on Wednesday highlighting ways in which the GOP believes the plan will damage the economy, create government...
    (CNN)For President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats, the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill was a chance to fulfill their longstanding dreams of expanding health care coverage.The proposed package includes broadening Medicare to provide dental, vision and hearing benefits, expanding Medicaid in the 12 states that refused to adopt the Affordable Care Act provision and making permanent generous premium subsidies for...
    The slow pace of President Joe Biden's social welfare and climate spending package has gifted Republicans with more time to criticize it before the 2022 midterm elections. And not only can Republicans scrutinize the package's likely $2 trillion price tag, they can ding Democrats for being in stereotypical disarray. BIDEN TRIES TO AVOID BECOMING TERRY MCAULIFFE'S ALBATROSS IN HIGHLY WATCHED...
    By Zeke Miller and Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. — President Joe Biden on Friday said he would prefer to slash the length of the new and expanded programs in his $3.5 trillion social safety net and climate change legislation, rather than eliminate programs entirely, as Democrats struggle to trim the legislation to win over support from moderates....
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Joe Biden argued that investments in child care and other social safety net programs are imperative to keep America competitive in the global economy during a visit to a child care center in Connecticut on Friday, as part of his continued push for his stalled social spending bill. Biden visited a child development center in...
    The White House on Thursday has reportedly pleaded with “moderates” and the far-left to urgently come to a compromise on the $3.5 trillion reconciliation standoff before the Biden-Harris administration call it quits. Punchbowl News reported the Biden-Harris administration leaked their frustration to the media “as a warning shot to Democratic moderates and progressives on Capitol Hill bickering over the multi-trillion dollar...
    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has reportedly escaped to Europe to fundraise from Americans living abroad amid Democrat infighting over President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. Sinema’s congressional office did not comment on the senator’s travels, but New York Times’ sources told the publication Sinema had meetings in Paris and London. It is unknown if Sinema is traveling to additional countries,...
    House progressives are laying out their priorities in negotiations over Democrats' massive social-spending package, as lawmakers seek to trim its size to get more moderates on board. "We have been told that we can either adequately fund a small number of investments or legislate broadly, but only make a shallow, short-term impact," leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) wrote...
    The media should be helping Democrats pass a stalled massive social welfare package. That was one of the messages House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered to reporters when the House convened briefly on Tuesday to pass an extension of federal borrowing authority. New polling shows few people know much at all about the massive proposal and that even fewer...
    Moderate Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has told the White House what she wants in President Joe Biden's slimmed down spending package - and they're not happy about it.  'I have already told the White House what I am willing to do and what I'm not willing to do. I'm not mysterious. It's not that I can't make up my mind....
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by The National Council on Mental Wellbeing — Merck asks FDA to authorize five-day COVID-19 treatment On The Money — Democrats set up chaotic end-of-year stretch One-quarter of critical infrastructure at risk of failure from flooding: research MORE (D-Calif.) faces daunting days ahead as she races to unite feuding factions of her...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi blamed reporters for not promoting the massive social spending package that Democrats will attempt to pass through the budget reconciliation process. “I think you all could do a better job of selling it, to be very frank with you,” Pelosi said during her Tuesday press conference, after CBS News’ Nikole Killion asked her if...
    Rep. Pramila Jayapal's (D-Wash.) reelection campaign sent out a fundraising email criticizing Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by The National Council on Mental Wellbeing — Merck asks FDA to authorize five-day COVID-19 treatment On The Money — Democrats set up chaotic end-of-year stretch One-quarter of critical infrastructure at risk of failure from flooding: research MORE's (D-Calif.) comments about negotiating a...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday lamented the media’s failure to sell the $3.5 trillion spending bill proposed by congressional Democrats. “Well, I think you all could do a better job of selling it, to be very frank with you,” said at a daily press briefing with reporters, in response to a question about the proposal. “Because every time...
    Facing intractable opposition from party centrists, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will have to “make tighter decisions” on a massive social welfare spending package that is stalled in Congress. Pelosi, a California Democrat, acknowledged in a press conference Tuesday that the $3.5 trillion package planned by Democrats will have to shrink to about $2 trillion, telling reporters, “The...
    Former President Donald Trump attacked President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion "socialist" spending "monstrosity" on all fronts, from economy to immigration to energy, while continuing his long-standing criticism of the 2020 election and attacks on political foes. Trump, widely viewed as a likely 2024 presidential contender, slammed his successor's efforts to cobble together a coalition for the massive spending haul,...
    The federal deficit for fiscal year 2021, which spanned from October 2020 through the end of this September, was $2.8 trillion, the Congressional Budget Office announced on Friday. The shortfall was $362 billion less than in fiscal year 2020, when the pandemic struck, leading to massive government aid spending. While spending rose by an estimated $265 billion in 2021,...
    Fox News’ Chris Wallace said on Friday that President Joe Biden’s “very bad” poll numbers make it hard for Congress to pass the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that would affect welfare and climate change policy. Only 38 percent of Americans approve, while 53 percent disapprove, of Biden’s job performance, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this week. Compared to September,...
    Washington (CNN)Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Thursday that the debate over the US debt ceiling amounts to "flirting with a self-inflicted crisis" but that everyone "breathed a sigh of relief" after Democrats and Republicans reached a deal to avert economic disaster. "It's important that we have met that deadline and didn't go, you know -- it looks like it will...
    Joe Biden is heading to Chicago on Thursday to promote his new vaccine mandates after delaying the trip to work on brokering a deal on the budget and infrastructure packages, which are still not passed. The president will tour and speak at a Clayco construction site in Elk Grove Village, Illinois where he will promote his new Executive Order mandating...
    Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders accused two of his fellow senators Wednesday of sabotaging the $3.5 trillion spending package during a 15-minute tirade. Sanders criticized Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Democratic Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of holding the spending plan hostage despite 48 other senators and President Joe Biden supporting it. “Two people do not have the right...
                      by Philip Wegmann  The White House is once again at odds with the senior senator from West Virginia. Joe Manchin (pictured above) has made clear for months that the administration’s sprawling $3.5 trillion social spending package is too large, and just as progressives seemed to agree that the top-line number...
    Biden administration officials are visiting some of the most vulnerable swing districts in the country to promote the Build Back Better social spending package. Vice President Kamala Harris will travel Friday to Montclair, New Jersey, her office announced, while Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will visit the Rio Grande Valley in Texas on Wednesday and Thursday, his office announced. Housing...
    HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats edged closer to an agreement on Tuesday, Oct. 5, on how sharply to cut back his ambitious social spending plan, even as the president made a public case that the package will help keep the nation from losing its “edge” in global competitiveness. Biden went to Michigan to promote the...