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    Alfredo Ortiz of Job Creators Network writes in The Hill that Americans are generally opposed to President Biden’s expansive and wildly expensive Build Back Better bill; it is simply too costly: Democrats are desperately trying to salvage their $3.5 trillion Build Back Better reconciliation bill opposed by moderate Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who reportedly has agreed to work on a compromise. Their latest tactic to...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called Wednesday on House Democrats to bring bipartisan legislation that has already passed the Senate to the floor for a vote. The bill would put those who killed law enforcement officers in prison and end a loophole that has set killers free. The legislation is titled the Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and...
    NAACP President Derrick Johnson told CNN’s Erica Hill that if the voting rights bill doesn’t pass, it would completely undermine President Joe Biden’s legacy. After some technical difficulties during the previous segment, Hill asked Johnson about the “slimmed-down version” of the voting rights bill, noting that even that wasn’t expected to pass. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) had said he could...
    The Michigan House and Senate passed bills Tuesday that would provide tax credits to state residents who contribute to a scholarship program that families may use to choose alternative education settings for their children. The Michigan Senate voted 20-16, along party lines, to pass its school choice bill and the House voted in favor of a companion school choice measure...
    House Republican support for the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill has continued to weaken as the chamber moves closer to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) self-imposed Halloween deadline to pass the bill. Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) set an October 31 deadline to pass the $1.2 trillion so-called infrastructure bill after Pelosi failed to cobble enough votes to pass the...
    (CNN)A group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Colin Allred of Texas, sent a letter to their Senate colleagues on Monday morning urging them to pass voting rights legislation known as the "Freedom to Vote Act" when it comes up for a vote this week. The legislation, which stands little chance of becoming law, is a slimmed down version of...
    House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFormer Rep. Dale Kildee dies at 92 Capitol Police mandating vaccines for Dignitary Protection Division agents: report McConnell-aligned group targeting Kelly, Cortez Masto and Hassan with M ad campaign MORE (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that now is the “moment” to address climate as Democrats seek to pass provisions to address the matter through a massive reconciliation package....
    10'000 Hours | DigitalVision | Getty Images As Congress wrangles over many proposals within the Build Back Better reconciliation bill, one section holds the promise of addressing the anxiety millions of American workers, retirees and their families feel about their retirement security. To that point, Congress needs to focus on the retirement provisions included in the budget reconciliation bill that...
    Getty Josh Uche Who dares to question the decisions of Bill Belichick? Well, lots of people these days. That’s what a 9-12 record since Tom Brady left town will do to a coach–even one as legendary as Belichick. Recently, Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine pointed out three players Belichick desperately needs to play more and one of them is...
    (CNN)As congressional Democrats negotiate the size and scope of a budget bill that could significantly remake the social safety net in the United States, a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS finds 75% of the party's rank-and-file prefer a bill that goes further to expand the social safety net and combat climate change over one that costs less and enacts...
    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.) said late Monday that members of the House have told her "overwhelmingly" that...
    Washington (CNN)Terry McAuliffe on Sunday downplayed a recent remark in which he observed that President Joe Biden's sagging popularity is hurting his bid to become Virginia's next governor and reiterated on CNN's "State of the Union" that Democrats in Washington need to pass a stalled bipartisan infrastructure bill."It's not dragging me down," McAuliffe told CNN's Dana Bash, referring to the...
    It was the week that President Joe Biden and the Democratic majorities in Congress came face-to-face with reality. And that reality is that their narrow congressional majorities are insufficient to pass all of Biden’s far-reaching domestic proposals, as meritorious as most of them are. As the daily Washington political dope sheet Punchbowl put it: “It’s tough to pass FDR-sized programs...
    The Senate voted to end debate and pass a bill to increase the debt ceiling for less than two months on Thursday evening, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown and the federal government's first-ever debt default.  First up was a vote to suspend debate on raising the debt ceiling, where 10 Republican votes were needed for a 60-vote majority. Eleven GOP...
    The Senate Thursday evening temporarily averted a debt default after passing legislation to extend the debt ceiling and cover the nation’s bills until December. The legislation passed 50-48, a day after Democrats agreed to a compromise offered by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 11 days before the country would be unable to pay its bills according to Treasury Secretary Janet...
    President BidenJoe BidenTop US and Israeli security officials to discuss Iran, Palestinians in Washington On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Biden plays debt limit hardball with McConnell Highway bill's long and winding road MORE on Tuesday said the United States sat at an “inflection point” in terms of economic competitiveness, arguing passage of his agenda is necessary to...
    A man walks past the U.S. Capitol building as a government shutdown looms in Washington, September 30, 2021.Leah Millis | Reuters The flurry of activity in Congress will not wane soon. Lawmakers have spent their early fall jumping among high-stakes agenda items. The breakneck pace will continue in the coming months, and Washington's ability to meet several upcoming deadlines could...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced their new Halloween deadline for passing President Joe Biden’s radical agenda items. The speaker, over the weekend in a “Dear Colleague” letter, announced her new deadline of October 31, Halloween, to pass the “bipartisan” infrastructure bill, claiming that “more time was needed” to pass the bill along with the more extensive and...
    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Monday condemned immigration protesters who followed her into a bathroom during the weekend, and demanded that elected leaders stop turning policy disputes into fodder for vitriol. A day earlier, activists confronted the Democratic senator outside a classroom at Arizona State University, where she teaches, before following her into the restroom and recording the incident on phones. They...
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters following the Senate Democrats weekly policy lunch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 21, 2021.Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters Democrats have a new deadline to enact President Joe Biden's economic agenda. The party will try to pass both a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a broader investment in social programs by...
    President Joe Biden on Saturday called out two Democrat Senate moderates, Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), for blocking his $3.5 trillion agenda and creating divisions with the more leftist factions of the party. “We can bring the moderates and progressives together very easy if we had two more votes,” Biden told reporters Saturday. “Two. Two people.” Biden’s comments...
                      by Andrew Trunsky  President Joe Biden told reporters Friday that he was in no rush to see his bipartisan infrastructure bill and budget pass Congress as Democratic divisions over the two slow their path to becoming law. “We’re gonna get this done,” Biden said after meeting with the House Democratic caucus on...
    (CNN)A bitter duel between progressives and Senate centrists last week laid bare the mistrust, philosophical divides and practical governing constraints rocking Washington Democrats. And it only deepened the critical question of Joe Biden's term: Can the President and his allies leverage a fragile hold on power to launch generational change?Liberal Democrats put an undeniable stamp on Washington by refusing to...
    A group of activists followed Sen. Kyrsten Sinema into a bathroom at Arizona State University on Friday to demand that the Democrat address immigration issues. The activists, seemingly college-aged, confronted the senator outside the classroom where she teaches and followed her into the nearby bathroom, recording the incident as they walked. 'We knocked on doors for you to get you...
    Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday that the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill was initially tied with the much larger reconciliation bill, so neither bill will pass “if people try to separate them.” Ocasio-Cortez appeared Sunday on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” where she was asked to remark on some of House Democrats’ comments about her “not playing for...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBattling over Biden's agenda: A tale of two Democratic parties Arizona Democrats' frustration with Sinema comes to a head Trump teases Schumer about occasional Ocasio-Cortez challenge MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said he hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and a reconciliation package in the next month, setting another target date for Congress to approve...
    Progressive Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaSunday shows preview: Biden amps up involvement in talks amid tug-of-war over infrastructure Why is Biden doubling down on Trump's nuclear expansion? Sanders, Manchin, Sinema fight proxy war in the House MORE (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that he is confident that President BidenJoe BidenTop GOP senator: 'Far-left Democrats are driving the bus and Joe Biden...
    President BidenJoe BidenProgressives hit back after moderates take aim at Pelosi John Kerry expresses optimism about upcoming climate summit Biden's Red Queen justice: How he destroyed both the investigation and the reputation of border agents MORE signed a 30-day extension of highway funding into law on Saturday following its passage earlier in the day by the Senate, according to a statement...
    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...
    White House officials confirmed that President Joe Biden has signed the “Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2021,” funding the Department of Transportation’s surface transportation programs until the end of October. This bill extends the transportation budget and the deadline to form a new budget to Nov. 1. The initial deadline to pass an extension was Friday, as Congress worked to...
    Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) released a statement late Friday night in which he fumed over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) breaking her promise to vote on the “bipartisan” infrastructure bill this past week. “It’s deeply regrettable that Speaker Pelosi breached her firm, public commitment to Members of Congress and the American people to hold a vote and to pass the...
    Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema blasted fellow Democrats for not passing a bipartisan infrastructure proposal Saturday afternoon after the House of Representatives failed to vote on the act. Canceling the U.S. House vote on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act denies Americans millions of new good-paying jobs and hurts everyday families.Full statement ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/BM7hrUL3KK— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) October 2,...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiProgressives hit back after moderates take aim at Pelosi Trump teases Schumer about occasional Ocasio-Cortez challenge Senate Democrats dial down the Manchin tension MORE (D-Calif.) on Saturday set a new deadline of Oct. 31 for the House to pass the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. In a "Dear Colleague" letter released on Saturday, Pelosi said that “more time...
    The Senate, in a brief Saturday session, sent a short-term reauthorization of highway programs to President BidenJoe BidenProgressives hit back after moderates take aim at Pelosi John Kerry expresses optimism about upcoming climate summit Biden's Red Queen justice: How he destroyed both the investigation and the reputation of border agents MORE's desk after hopes of a quick vote on a bipartisan...
    President BidenJoe BidenProgressives hit back after moderates take aim at Pelosi John Kerry expresses optimism about upcoming climate summit Biden's Red Queen justice: How he destroyed both the investigation and the reputation of border agents MORE will host congressional lawmakers at the White House next week after a visit to Capitol Hill failed to yield any clear breakthrough on how to pass two...
    U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., lashed out Friday against a "far-left faction" of the House of Representatives, accusing the group of undermining the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and forcing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to admit more time was needed to pass the proposal.  He also claimed the progressive Democrats were placing President Biden's entire agenda along with "civility and...
    President Joe Biden will travel to his home in Delaware on Saturday, according to the White House, after his agenda stalled in Congress due to Democrat infighting. The president spent Friday afternoon meeting with Democrats on Capitol Hill to try to advance his $5 trillion spending agenda, but to no avail. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed to meet her Thursday...
    The Senate will reconvene on Saturday to try to pass a short-term extension of federal highway programs after a GOP roadblock prevented what was expected to be a glide path to President BidenJoe BidenFrance (and Britain) should join the Quad Election denialists smacked down by Idaho secretary of state Under Biden, the US could fall further behind in the Arctic...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew up the white flag Friday evening, admitting that "more time is needed" to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that is one of the pillars of President Biden's agenda, after previously vowing to pass the measure this week. While Pelosi had promised moderate House Democrats the infrastructure bill would be on the floor this week,...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D- WA), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, knocked “conservative Democrats” after a critical Democratic meeting with the president. Democrats have been negotiating this week on passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. Progressives have prioritized the latter, but it is facing opposition from Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema....
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shared a photo of a decrepit bathroom inside one of New York City's public housing apartments on Twitter Friday as an example of what progressives are aiming to fix with their $3.5 trillion spending package.  'These are our conditions in NYCHA. No winter heat, black mold, kids poisoned by lead,' Ocasio-Cortez writes. 'Politics-as-usual makes communities like...
    House staff members on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.Ting Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images The House waited for word on whether it would vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill Friday as Democrats tried to forge a consensus on a broader spending deal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had told...
    An intensifying family fight among congressional Democrats leaves considerable doubt about whether House lawmakers can push through a Senate-passed infrastructure bill despite leaders' pledges that will happen on Friday. House Democratic leaders, struggling to find the votes to pass President Joe Biden’s infrastructure legislation, told lawmakers they planned to finish consideration of the measure on Friday despite significant opposition....
    On a Thursday afternoon outside the Senate, Sen. Joe Manchin stood in a crush of reporters, ready to deal a death blow to President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda. Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat and the state's former governor, announced in no uncertain terms he would not support his party's $3.5 trillion social welfare spending package packed with...
    A total of 49 House and Senate Republicans helped Democrats pass billions in American taxpayer money on welfare, driver’s licenses, housing costs, and more for Afghans brought to the United States as part of President Joe Biden’s massive resettlement operation. On Thursday, 34 House Republicans and 15 Senate Republicans voted with Democrats to approve $6.4 billion in taxpayer money for...
    President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday evening to avert a government shutdown in October, moving the key date back by more than a month. His signature on the continuing budget resolution comes several hours after the House voted 254-175 to pass the measure. Democrats had hoped to pass a massive $3.5 trillion spending plan that has been delayed by moderate...
    Controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) blasted fellow members of the GOP caucus after hearing rumors that they would support the "Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework." Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scheduled a vote for Thursday evening, but dozens of House Democrats have vowed to vote against the bill until the other half of President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda — the...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted Sen. Joe Manchin's maximum price tag for Democrats' budget reconciliation bill, which Manchin believes should top out at $1.5 trillion instead of the $3.5 trillion proposed by most Democrats. "Uhh, for one year?" Ocasio-Cortez wisecracked, laughing when asked about Manchin's topline number. The New York Democrat argued that there were "a lot of games being played...
    President Biden's domestic policy agenda balanced on a knife edge on Thursday as a moderate member of his party said first that the House would pass his infrastructure bill in the evening - moments before a liberal said the vote would not even happen. They illustrate how competing wings are wrangling over trillions of dollars in spending. And it leaves...
    (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been working furiously behind the scenes to build support for the roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill, personally calling Democrats and talking to members on the House floor as progressives threaten to tank it. Pelosi told reporters she is closer to bringing the two wings of her party together as she works to secure enough votes...