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    There are now 21 senators—11 Republicans and 10 Democrats—who have signed onto a "framework" for an infrastructure bill, while at the same time Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders are prepping a budget reconciliation package upwards of $6 trillion. The bipartisan framework is still a moving target, still with funding mechanisms that won't cut it with...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate panel unanimously advances key Biden cyber nominees Overnight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' MORE (D-N.Y.) will meet on Thursday with Democrats working...
    Eleven Republican senators said Wednesday that they have agreed to an infrastructure deal crafted by a group of 20 senators from both parties, meaning that the Senate could advance a measure without resorting to the reconciliation process, which would have enabled the bill to pass without any Republican votes, if all the Democrats voted for it.  But it is unclear...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden now turns to a puzzle almost as thankless as negotiating with Vladimir Putin -- pushing his stalled agenda through a deadlocked Congress.Air Force One delivered Biden back to Washington after his talks with the Russian President that capped his European tour. He now gets to wrestle with the limits of a 50-50 Senate, Republican obstruction and splits...
    Ten Republican senators said Wednesday that they have agreed to an infrastructure deal crafted by a group of 20 senators from both parties, meaning that the Senate could advance a measure without resorting to the reconciliation process, which would allow the bill to pass without any Republican votes.  But it is unclear whether the measure will receive sufficient support from...
    A group of 10 more senators announced support Wednesday for a $974 billion, five-year bipartisan infrastructure framework unveiled last week, giving the proposal a crucial political boost in the nick of time. Republican Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrPast criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC House Democrats to Schumer:...
    (CNN)Sen. Joe Manchin, a key Democratic swing vote, would not commit on Wednesday to backing an infrastructure package along straight party lines, rebuffing a demand made by liberals who want to ensure he will be on board with a broader bill passed without Republican support if they support his bipartisan proposal."It should not be conditional," Manchin told CNN. "It should...
    Senate Republicans Tuesday showed preliminary support for a bipartisan infrastructure framework that a small group of lawmakers is drafting, but liberal lawmakers dismissed the proposal as far too narrow and cheap to address the nation's needs. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters after a closed-door meeting with GOP lawmakers that he is “listening and hopeful” that a bipartisan...
    Democrats in Congress are moving ahead with the budget reconciliation process that will allow them to move "everything" in President Biden's agenda through Congress while circumventing a GOP filibuster if bipartisan negotiations don't come together — or even if they do.  "So, we are proceeding now as to reconciliation instructions, we're assuming right now that everything will be done by...
    Democratic tensions over infrastructure and the Biden agenda showed signs of boiling over Tuesday as one progressive lawmaker after another blasted a bipartisan framework negotiated by centrists in both parties. The scaled-down agreement backed by a bipartisan group of 10 senators appears on life support days after it was announced, with progressives pressuring the White House to move on from...
    Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, and Sherrod Brown are starting the throw their weight around, too. Senate Democrats, particularly the liberals, have tired of the game that President Joe Biden and their colleagues Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have been indulging in with Senate Republicans. They want the bold infrastructure package promised by Biden, and they want it sooner rather than...
    (CNN)Senate Democratic leaders, facing skepticism from liberals about the direction of bipartisan infrastructure talks, plan to formally begin a process that would allow them to pass President Joe Biden's signature policy agenda along straight party lines. The move is meant to placate progressives who are concerned their priorities won't be included in a bipartisan plan and is a way for...
    Senate Republicans reportedly want to ax much of President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda by supporting a more moderate infrastructure bill that might stifle Democrat support for a more partisan infrastructure bill. Politico reported that Republicans want to support a bipartisan proposal led by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (D-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerIn Congress, what goes on behind closed doors? Senate Judiciary begins investigation into DOJ lawmaker subpoenas America needs a stable Israeli government MORE (D-N.Y.) says he will convene a meeting with all 11 Democratic members of the Budget Committee Wednesday to begin the process for passing a budget resolution, paving the way for Democrats to...
    A growing number of Senate progressives say they will not support a scaled-down infrastructure package on its own, arguing it must be part of a broader agreement to spend trillions of dollars. At least four members of the Democratic caucus said a $974 billion infrastructure proposal -- backed by five Republicans and five Democrats last week -- will not get...
    Washington — Although a bipartisan group of senators reached a tentative deal on infrastructure legislation last week, congressional Democrats are preparing to forge ahead with a process to pass a larger proposal without any Republican votes if needed, lawmakers said Tuesday. "The White House made clear to us that we should be prepared to proceed on two tracks," Congressman Hakeem...
    Two Democratic senators Tuesday further endangered the chances of a bipartisan infrastructure deal by promising to vote against any legislation that doesn't include a "bold" effort to address climate change.  Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., made the comments at a Tuesday press conference, joining Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in opposition to a bipartisan infrastructure deal negotiated by...
    Liberal Democratic senators say they’ll refuse to back any infrastructure package without a “guarantee” that aggressive climate provisions will also pass Congress, a fracture that could threaten the bipartisan deal being hashed out by their centrist colleagues. “We’re saying that there absolutely has to be a guaranteed deal that climate is built into these infrastructure bills, and that it matches...
    Time to get serious, Mr. President. It's not at all surprising that Republicans are using President Joe Biden's willingness to engage them in infrastructure negotiations to drag the process out until it dies under the weight of lost momentum. It's slightly surprising that they are talking about it out in the open, basically gloating over the fact that they've peeled Democratic...
    House Democrats have agreed to a two-track, bipartisan strategy Senate Democrats are attempting to pass a major infrastructure package with the help of Republicans. The plan would allow the Senate to pass a narrow infrastructure proposal that could win Republican support and a second measure that includes massive noninfrastructure spending that could pass without any GOP votes. While...
    (CNN)Momentum is building in the Senate behind a $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal, as liberals are showing a new willingness to accept the package with key assurances and Republican leaders predicting the potential of wide support within their conference. There are still many details that need to be sorted out -- both on the details of the bill and the process...
    A bipartisan infrastructure deal unveiled last week by a group of five Republicans and five Democrats is coming under fire from both sides of the aisle and may not survive the week. Democrats are gearing up to kill the proposal because it falls well short of President BidenJoe BidenBiden prepares to confront Putin Ukrainian president thanks G-7 nations for statement...
    (CNN)As the bipartisan group continues to educate their respective members on their $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal, Democratic leadership and key chairs will crank up the work on a potential Democratic-only infrastructure bill this week, paving the way for Democrats to go it alone if they choose to do so.This week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will meet with key members of...
    Democrats are grappling with divisions in their own ranks over the path forward on President BidenJoe BidenBiden prepares to confront Putin Ukrainian president thanks G-7 nations for statement of support Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting MORE’s biggest legislative priority: A sweeping infrastructure package.  Democrats want to pass Biden’s $2.3 trillion jobs plan, combined with a...
    Washington (CNN)As President Joe Biden makes the case for democracy overseas, his agenda back home is facing major obstacles in Washington, where early progress on several key items has stalled in Congress. Plodding negotiations and calls to drop bipartisan overtures could imperil -- or even unravel -- headway on infrastructure, police reform and voting rights. And a raft of revelations...
    NEW ORLEANS - “It’s embarrassing,” Joe Frisard told VOA regarding the condition of infrastructure in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. “We’re a major city that hosts Super Bowls, we’ve got an NFL team and an NBA team, and we put on major, world-class music festivals — but I don’t think you could find a six-block stretch of road here that doesn’t have something wrong with...
    President Joe Biden faces continuing resistance from Senate Democrats over his infrastructure, despite only needing 50 Senate Democrats to pass his gargantuan legislation. Biden faces two options to pass an infrastructure bill by either passing a more moderate version with a bipartisan group of Senate Republicans and Democrats that could survive the 60-vote filibuster, or he could pass the legislation...
    Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSunday shows preview: Biden foreign policy in focus as Dem tensions boil up back home Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin White House briefed on bipartisan infrastructure deal but says questions remain MORE (R-Maine) on Sunday said the infrastructure bill announced by a bipartisan group of 10 senators will not include a gas tax increase or...
    HBO’s Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherMaher calls college a 'grift,' compares it to Scientology Bill Maher rips celebrities considering running for office as malignant narcissists Fauci may have unwittingly made himself a key witness for Trump in 'China Flu' hate-speech case MORE went after Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinWhy the Democrats need Joe Manchin Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over...
    Lawmakers in both parties have spent weeks negotiating unsuccessfully to find a deal on infrastructure. Democrats are ready to move on and pass a bill without GOP support, but a small group of Republicans and Democrats are pitching a last-minute proposal that they say can garner bipartisan support. Five Senate Republicans and five Senate Democrats announced the deal...
    Politicians often campaign on working across the aisle, cutting through partisan division, and finding common ground. President Joe Biden during his 2020 campaign pledged to seek bipartisanship. But when it comes to bipartisan negotiations on an infrastructure package, a number of left-wing activists and Democratic politicians say: Forget it. Republican preferences are too small to be effective, and...
    (L-R) U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) take a break from a meeting on infrastructure for going to a vote at the U.S. Capitol June 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.Alex Wong | Getty Images An infrastructure plan crafted by a group of Senate Democrats and...
    Ron Wyden and Bernie Sanders. A bipartisan group of 10 senators announced a broad, if somewhat vague agreement on infrastructure Thursday afternoon, triggering a group of Democrats to warn that they wouldn't allow a goal of "bipartisanship" to outweigh the critical goals of addressing climate change and rebuilding the nation. Among those sending a warning is a powerful committee chair, Sen. Ron...
    Democrats are itching to get going on infrastructure as they see an increasingly condensed legislative calendar in the months ahead. Almost six months into the Biden administration, Democrats know they have only a matter of weeks to get a major spending package to the president’s desk unless they punt infrastructure to the fall, setting the stage for a potential end-of-year...
    During an interview aired on Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) said he doesn’t believe there will be a bipartisan infrastructure bill that passes the Senate and that the Senate will move to pass a bill through reconciliation. Host Lawrence O’Donnell asked, “[I]t sounds like what you’re telling us tonight is that...
    Far-left Senate Democrats made their feelings known about not rubberstamping the infrastructure legislation if climate provisions are left out, as they feel the topic of climate change has recently faded from center stage. This comes as Democrats’ razor-thin majorities in both the House and Senate leave little room for error. Many of the Democrats have started to worry about climate change not being a...
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    Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) doubled down Thursday on his lobbying to include climate change carveouts in President Joe Biden’s mammoth infrastructure bill. Breitbart News reported exclusively that Malinowski, a swing district Democrat, said during a June 4 virtual townhall that the infrastructure plan focuses more on combatting climate change than building physical infrastructure. Malinowski said: President Biden, on the other hand,...
    (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Sen. Joe Manchin has declared (again) that he will not vote to eliminate or abolish the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to pass most bills. There are 50 Democrats in the Senate, and there is no scenario in which 10 Republicans join them to support a bill that even remotely resembles President Joe Biden’s American Jobs...
    (CNN)The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a $547 billion surface transportation package aimed at pouring money into the country's roads, bridges and transit systems over the next five years.The bill is one piece of President Joe Biden's larger infrastructure package and marks the beginning of Democrats' efforts to go it alone on infrastructure, while a bipartisan agreement tries to...
    On Wednesday, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg expressed optimism that bipartisan negotiations in the Senate will yield Republican support for an infrastructure package sought by the White House. Speaking with Wolf Blitzer one day after the Biden administration ended infrastructure negotiations with a group of Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Capito (WV), Buttigieg said, “At this point I would say...
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    Senate talks focused on trying to cut a deal on gun background checks have hit a stumbling block.  Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate passes long-delayed China bill Texas Democrats roll out voter registration drive amid debate over restrictions Trump allies set for bitter brawl in Texas AG primary MORE (R-Texas) said on Wednesday that he and Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott...
    Roughly 35 percent of Americans say they believe passing an infrastructure bill should be a top priority for members of Congress, according to a new Politico-Morning Consult poll, lower than several other issues. The study was conducted between Friday and Monday, shortly before President BidenJoe BidenHouse Judiciary Democrats call on DOJ to reverse decision on Trump defense Democratic super PAC targets Youngkin over voting...
    An advocacy group affiliated with the Democratic Party launched a national TV ad this week in support of a sweeping voting rights bill backed by congressional Democrats. The seven-figure ad buy from the campaign arm of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee is designed to promote the For the People Act, the Democrats' signature voting rights bill. The ad, which will...